Coming off a great PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando, where its impressive packaging line was a hit with the entire produce industry, McAllen, TX-based Fox Packaging/Fox Solutions has taken the time to tell OnionBusiness.com readers the great bag options that are perfect for the onions.
Looking at the Fox Fresh Mesh® family of bags, which was introduced with the original Fox Fresh Mesh more than 15 years ago, we see a tried and true design that eliminates skin damage indentations that other woven mesh products can cause. This revolutionary one-dimensional design keeps onions looking great, and it also extends the shelf life by letting the onions breathe. Moisture and air pass unhindered throughout the bag, which comes in more than 10 colors and which accommodates a weight range of one to 15 pounds, making it a great choice for retail packaging.
Another good option for onions is the Fresh Mesh Wicketed® bags, which have the added convenience and efficiency of running on standard poly bag filling equipment. The Wicketed is somewhat different from its Fox Fresh Mesh in that it incorporates a horizontal band that wraps the bag’s midsection, maintaining ample space for product branding with custom graphics and product messaging.
Like the Fox Fresh Mesh, the Wicketed bags also extend shelf life by letting the onions breathe, and they are available in more than 10 colors. The weight range of the Wicketed is from one-half pound all the way up to 25 pounds, and they are available with a draw-tape closure.
A third option especially suited to onions is the Leno bag, which is typically a bulk bag shipped from the field to the distributor for repacking into retail or foodservice packs. While it is available in sizes smaller than 50 pounds, that is the most prevalent size for the onion industry.
As one of the original Leno convertors, Fox remains a top U.S. manufacturer of the bulk bags for a wide variety of commodities including onions. It is a one-stop conversion company for the bags, offering total in-house Leno conversion, printing, sewing, and final manufacturing. In addition, Fox has what is described as “the most stringent specifications for our Leno products including material weight, quality of dye pigments, resins and bag strength.”
Customization of the Leno bags includes five new mesh colors for enhanced product presentation and different bag widths to accommodate machinery requirements. Weight range is 10-, 24- and 50-pounds, and the bags can also be converted to “pillow top” for optimized palletization.
For more information, visit the company’s website, www.foxbag.com.