Robust and reusable, it’s Coral, the IFCO Fish Crate

Going fishing? Make sure you take Coral with you. He’s great with all kinds of fish and seafood – and she doesn’t get seasick. Rough conditions at sea? Not a problem for Coral. She never gets out of shape, even when it’s wet and cold and he’s full of chilled or frozen fish and seafood.

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Smooth on the inside and out, Coral is one tough, smooth operator who is designed to protect even your most delicate of catches from damage. And she can withstand temperature drops to -30°C.

When Coral’s around, he’s all fresh, washed and ready to protect your precious cargo from ship to shore (and shelf!). In fact, Coral has the perfect design and dimensions for the safe and sustainable transport of your catch. Back on dry land, where it can get a little rough in the warehouse, Coral can take it!

IFCO’s reusable Coral Fish Crate

Coral Fish Crate: four options

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What’s more – there’s more than one Coral.

Coral comes in four different sizes and every single Coral is the tidy type. Elegantly stacked – mixed up if that’s easier for you – Coral takes up less space in your trucks and warehouses. That’s just one way Coral, the reusable IFCO Fish Crate, will help you make your seafood supply chain sustainable.

Coral is also helping keep our oceans free from expanded polystyrene that is found in single-use containers. You see, Coral is part of the IFCO SmartCycle, so he’s shared and reused until the end of his long, wet life. And even then, he’ll get a chance at a second life. Our reusable fish crate is 100% recyclable, like the rest of the family!

Discover what makes Coral so popular in many fishing ports.


Coral Fish Crate

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  • The most efficient way to transport and sell fresh and frozen fish and seafood
  • The most stackable design on the market
  • More sustainable and stronger than expanded polystyrene (EPS) boxes
  • Designed to meet high hygiene standards and prevent cross contamination

Key benefits of Coral, the robust IFCO Fish Crate, from ship to point of sale (POS)

  • Robust, durable, hygienic and sustainable
  • Reusable many times, infinitely 100% recyclable
  • Available in four different sizes, with or without drainage systems
  • Pooled through the IFCO SmartCycle, for a best-in-class service
  • Reusable, 100% recyclable fish crates comply with current and anticipated environmental legislation
  • Sustainable, easy-to-handle, alternative for single-use containers made of expanded polystyrene
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Looking for the perfect IFCO Fish Crate that fit seamlessly into your fresh grocery supply chain?

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Take a deep dive into IFCO’s Coral Fish Crate

This is how we’re bringing the circular economy and efficient logistics to the transport of chilled and frozen seafood and fish.

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Reduce waste and use of resources

Every IFCO Fish Crate is reused up to 120 times and is 100% recyclable, avoiding landfill waste and helping reduce your carbon footprint more sustainably.

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Meet highest hygiene standards

IFCO Fish Crates are cleaned in a process that includes washing, disinfecting and thorough drying, all monitored by our SmartGuardian technology and checked by independent auditors.

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Protect your fresh fish and seafood

The smooth inside and outside surfaces protect your chilled and fresh seafood and fish from damage.

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Transport from ship to POS

Eliminate unnecessary handling of your fresh fish and seafood by using the IFCO Fish Crates to transport your fresh products from fishing vessel right up to the point of sale.

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Enjoy premium pooling services

Reduce carbon emissions with the IFCO SmartCycle pooling model for optimized reverse logistics.

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Improve your supply chain

Purpose-built reusable IFCO Fish Crates are nestable and compatible with standard pallets, such as the IFCO Plastic Pallet.

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FAQ: What do you need to know about the reusable IFCO fish crates? 

1. How does it work with the IFCO fish crates? 

We have a more cost-efficient solution for you than single-use packaging. Our reusable fish crates are part of the IFCO SmartCycle pooling system, which means we take care of them for you. We deliver washed crates to your door when you need them. You use our crates to transport your chilled and frozen seafood to the point of sale (POS) and we’ll pick them up again from the wholesalers or retailers. You don’t have to worry about anything else. We’ll take care of the cleaning of our reusable fish crates in our state-of-the-art IFCO Service Centers, just as we do with all our reusable packaging containers (RPCs). And then we’ll send them out again to you and other popular fishing ports. You don’t buy our RPCs, you use our SmartCycle "share and reuse" model. 

2. Will the IFCO fish crates help us comply with legislation on single-use packaging waste? And will they reduce our carbon emissions?  

As governments continue to tighten restrictions on single-use containers and impose bans on expanded polystyrene (EPS) packaging, switching to reusable fish crates ensures that your packaging choices align with current and future environmental standards. Switching completely to our reusable fish crates eliminates expanded polystyrene waste from single-use crates in your supply chain – and reduces waste in our oceans and seas. With a lifespan of up to 120 uses, and full recyclability at the end of life, our fish crates support the circular economy. What’s more, the IFCO SmartCycle pooling system is designed to reduce the carbon footprint of the fresh grocery supply chain.  When you take the full life cycle of IFCO RPCs into account, studies show that they generate up to 60% less CO2e, 86% less solid waste and use fewer natural resources, namely 80% less water and 64% less energy.   Learn more

3. What happens if the IFCO Fish Crate is damaged or broken?

We’ve designed our fish crates to be robust and last for years. If the unexpected happens and you spot a damaged crate, let us know. Whatever you do, don’t throw it away. We’ll send you a replacement and we’ll make sure that our fish crates are 100% recycled to get a chance at a second life!  

4. Why do you offer two types of reusable fish frates? And how do I know which one is best for me? Coral or Marina?  

Two crates are better than one! Both are customized specifically for the challenges of today’s fishing industry and are suitable for chilled and frozen seafood products. Both meet high hygiene standards and prevent cross-contamination during transport and storage.  

Do you want a sturdy, standardized design with the option of four different sizes that can stack together? One that is the most stackable reusable fish crate on the market? Are you shipping frozen fish as well as chilled products? Then you should be looking at Coral.  

Do you want a state-of-the-art, stackable isothermal crate with a tight-fitting lid and a Bluetooth tag that enables track and tracing? Are you transporting chilled fresh fish and seafood? Then you should be looking at Marina.  

If you’re still not sure which one is best for your needs, get in touch. We’re happy to help you make the right sustainable packaging choice. 

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