The F&B Debate: Plastic vs. Wood Pallets | PTM Solutions

The F&B Debate: Plastic vs. Wood Pallets

Over the past ten years, society has become more concerned with how food is getting produced, shipped, and sold. That’s why there has been a major shift in the logistics industry from wooden to plastic pallets. The latter offers more food and beverage companies the peace of mind that their shipments are 100% ready for consumption upon delivery. Plastic pallets are more hygienic and safer for consumers for several reasons.  

Plastic Pallets are Clean and Sanitary

Unlike wooden pallets, plastic pallets can easily be cleaned. They do not contain pores, so they can easily be washed between uses to ensure there’s no cross-contamination. With plastic pallets, you don’t have to worry about foodborne illness like Salmonella, E. Coli, or Listeria since they don’t have crevices that collect contaminants and reject moisture.

Because wood pallets have pores, they require fumigation or heat treatments to comply with safety standards. These treatments can make actually wooden pallets more susceptible to mold and other toxins. Plastic pallets have less restrictions and don’t require such treatments, because they’re more hygienic.

The Contamination Risk of Wooden Pallets

How many nails do you think are in a wooden pallet? The correct answer is 150! Wooden pallets are full of nails that can become rusted or splinter very easily. If that happens, it could puncture and contaminate your packaged food. In 2009, beverage companies began switching to plastic pallets when customers started refusing their shipments due to missing pieces or protruding nails.

Plastic pallets are made by injection molding to produce one solid piece of pallet. No nails or screws are required. Your food shipments have never been safer for your customer’s consumer. Since PepsicCo’s Gatorade plant made the switch to plastic pallets, there have been no customer-rejected products related to pallet quality.

The Cost- and Eco-Conscious Benefits of Plastic Pallets

Not only are plastic pallets safer for the food and beverage industries, but they are more eco-friendly and cost-effective. If they’re properly cared for, plastic pallets usually last about ten years. Even if they get damaged, they can be easily recycled. Plus, plastic pallets weigh less than wood ones, meaning you’ll pay less in shipping fees.

Choose PTM Advanced Plastic Solutions for Your Plastic Pallets

When your F&B business is ready to invest in long-lasting, sustainable, and safe plastic pallets, PTM Solutions is here to help! We provide solutions for material handling needs across many industries, including automotive, retail, pharmaceutical, chemical. Our innovative pallet designs will both protect and promote your product through shipping and store display. There’s no doubt that you will see an increase in your profitability by switching to our long-lasting alternatives. Call PTM Solutions today at 520-909-5592 or visit our website to get in touch!

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