Vegabaja Packaging, of Grupo Hinojosa

New packaging formats presented for autumn-winter harvests

Medium and large companies devoted to the production and handling of fruit and vegetables have shown great interest in the innovations in packaging for the autumn-winter harvests presented by Vegabaja Packaging, Grupo Hinojosa's Alicante-based plant. Vegabox, S33mx, S23 and Octabox are the solutions specially designed for this sector which the plant showcased at Fruit Attraction.

Since 1976, Vegabaja Packaging has been devoted to the design, manufacture and handling of corrugated cardboard packaging for a number of sectors, including agriculture. Currently, the company consists of more than 120 professionals committed to innovation and customer service.
The advanced facilities of Vegabaja Packaging, with more than 50,000 m2, feature linear workflows and a high degree of automation that guarantee compliance with the most demanding quality standards, guaranteed by the ISO 9001 and BRC-IOP certifications and the FSC® seal, which ensures that all its products respect the forests' sustainability. The company is part of the Hinojosa group.
Innovation and design for the agricultural sector

Vegabaja Packaging has attended Fruit Attraction with some of its innovations for the agricultural sector.

Thus, the S23 is specially designed for products marketed by large retailers. It allows for greater ventilation and increased visibility of the product. It is also easy to handle and place on the shelves.
The S33Mx is ideal for the transport of fruit and vegetables in tubs and/or alveoli. Like the S23, its special design improves the product's visibility. Moreover, its greater cooling capacity and improvement of product quality during transport are endorsed by several technological institutes. The use of S33Mx also leads to higher economic benefits for the agricultural producer, saving energy costs, reducing the cooling time in tunnels or cold rooms, and saving in logistics.

The Octabox is a solution especially designed for producers of liquid foods: juices, wine, etc. It consists of a corrugated cardboard container and a bag for liquids which has a capacity of 220 litres. Its design is perfectly adapted for use in automatic aseptic bag filling lines; also, its size is adaptable to different measures for better transport and it is up to 50% cheaper than other types of containers.
The Vegabox serves as a container for fruits and vegetables and is made of corrugated cardboard with a new, easier and faster assembly system. Its structure and innovative fasteners at the corners also guarantee perfect support and stability on pallets when stacked.
In addition to products developed for the special characteristics of the agricultural industry, Vegabaja also offers advisory and graphic design services, so that the packaging can contribute to making the product it contains more attractive to the consumer. This service is possible thanks to the use of the most advanced printing techniques.
Agro-food sector on the rise
The agro-food sector has been one of the pillars of the economic recovery. In 2016, the turnover reached 46,807 million and exports reached 49,000 million; a record figure. According to Grupo Hinojosa, these good results have translated into an increase in the number of business deals closed during the recent Fruit Attraction, as well as of the number of visits scheduled for the coming months.

Vegabaja has been present in this event together with representatives of the group's plants run by Rambleños, Hinojosa Xátiva, Onduembalaje, Cipasi, San Cayetano and Cartonajes Bernabeu, all of them focused on responding to the needs of the agro-food sector, which already accounts for 10% of the Spanish GDP.
Fruit Attraction's visitors have shown their interest in the wide range of solutions for this industry, including UNIQ and column type formats for fruit and vegetables, 100% recyclable packs for small fruit, trays, hydroponic containers, standard and special trays, baskets, containers for mini-watermelons, boxes, octavines for fruit pulp, Premium containers, exhibitor boxes and a long etc. For many of these solutions, the group has exclusive patented models for its clients.
Complete solutions in digital printing and high quality
One of the features of Grupo Hinojosa's packaging that are most appreciated by agro-food producers is the quality of the printing. A quality and variety that is possible thanks to the group's constant technological investments. Thus, its portfolio includes solutions for all kinds of finishes, either through high quality printing, the most widely used in the sector, or through digital printing, especially suited for small productions or personalised prints.
The ultimate goal is to deliver packaging formats that enhance the appearance of fruits and vegetables on the shelf and, therefore, contribute to increase the sales of its customers. This commitment, together with the firm's R+D+i, are two of the pillars on which Grupo Hinojosa's leadership in the agricultural industry is based.

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