Multinational reusable packaging company Tosca has partnered with seafood product supplier JJ McDonnell & Co to improve its supply chain.

As part of the partnership, Tosca will supply reusable plastic crates designed for seafood to JJ McDonnell.

Available in two sizes, the sustainable crates are intended to replace expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam and corrugated material without compromising the safety of the products they carry.

They are claimed to be more cost-effective than foam by reducing storage and return logistics costs for each use.

The crates are also designed to improve storage efficiency as they can be folded to a height of around 1.5 inches.

Tosca chief commercial officer Jon Kalin said: “JJ McDonnell is a company that we are proud to align with, not only because of their sustainability efforts and the quality seafood that they produce, but because they demonstrate a clear interest in an improved supply chain that is better for every stakeholder involved, from their partners, to the end-customer, to everyone who benefits from a greener planet.”

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JJ McDonnell CEO George McManus said: “Using reusable plastic crates in place of polystyrene is a win-win-win.

“There are cost savings for everyone involved in the programme and we have a hand in helping the environment.

“JJ McDonnell’s success in launching and maintaining this programme is founded on partnering with like-minded vendors and customers who strive to be responsible stewards to our environment.

“Sustainability is an important initiative for JJ McDonnell, making the collaboration with a company like Tosca that inherently supports that vision so easy.

“To date, we have eliminated more than 250,000 Styrofoam containers by replacing them with the totes since launching the partnership 21 months ago, and we expect this number to grow exponentially as we expand the programme.”

In June 2020, Tosca acquired Contraload, a Belgium-based company that provides plastic pallet pooling.