Content - New Utz fish container wins the pro-K Award 2015

  • 03 December 2014

New Utz fish container wins the pro-K Award 2015

Transporting food is demanding, but bringing fish to sales counters in fresh and appetising condition is a real challenge. Fish needs to be cooled on ice during all transport stages. As this ice will melt at some stage due to varying external temperatures, fish will - upon arrival - lie in a watery cooling medium, which is neither attractive to look at nor easily handled by sales staff. Here, Utz introduced a clever and creative plastic solution, which has now won the renowned pro-K award 2015.

New Utz fish container wins the pro-K Award 2015

Like a fish out of water...

The new fish container F Performance, with external dimensions of 600 x 400 x 150 mm, is directly derived from the equally large, blue E Performance meat container, also developed by Utz. This allows both meat and fish to be stacked together in their intended containers. They can be distinguished by the conspicuously different blue colour of the delivery boxes. In contrast to the E Performance meat container however, which not only has handles but also ventilation holes in its side panels, the side panels of the fish container are all closed.

The most significant novelty of this container system is an injection-moulded insert placed into the container. This insert is then covered with crushed ice, with the fish placed on top. Once the ice melts, the water can flow through the holes on the insert’s side edges under the arch, without potentially immersing the fish in water.

A domed lid, which can be connected to the container with a locking mechanism, protects the contents. This not only ensures hygienic storage of the fish throughout the entire logistics chain, but also prevents the ice or melted water from leaking.

Patented transport system

The interaction of the container system - consisting of a basic plastic container, an injection-moulded insert and the lid, which can be connected to the container with a locking mechanism - is patented. The interaction of all individual elements turns this system into a sustainable solution for the transport of fresh fish from its catch at sea to the fish department at the supermarket.