Fish crate company lands Shetland fish farm contract Published: 18 January, 2011
JUST two weeks after announcing the launch of a new fish crate service supplying Belgian supermarkets, with Scottish salmon, the company PPS has won its first ever fish farm contract. It is also considering new investment in Scotland. PPS will supply plastic crates for Belgian company Levenstond Seafood at a salmon processing facility on Shetland in a deal worth six figures.
The Edinburgh business, which specialises in crates for fresh food, is also in discussions with another fish farming company in the Western Isles.
Iain McArthur, who runs PPS alongside business partner David Peggie, said: “While we have contracts in place with several Scottish-based companies already, this is our first with the fish farm industry. It is a breakthrough for PPS in the overseas market for returnable plastic boxes, too, as salmon would previously have been transported in single-use, expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes.We are trying to boost business with companies in Scotland offering them a sustainable way to transport their goods without the waste EPS boxes creates.”
He added: “So this contract with Levenstond is an excellent start to 2011 for us.”
A spokesman for Levenstond Seafood said: “PPS has earned a good reputation for its services in the returnable transit equipment (RTE) sector.We are pleased this contract is now underway.”
PPS has bases in Grimsby and Measham in the Midland but said it is considering setting up a crate washing plant in Scotland.
PPS recently commissioned a report, carried out by the Humber Seafood Institute in Grimsby, comparing the carbon footprints of respectively a one-way trip EPS box and their returnable plastic fish boxes.
Using the PPS boxes shows a remarkable 89 per cent improvement versus the EPS box.