Going into this year’s pear season, All State Packers had some concerns about its packaging and related costs.


The Lodi, Calif.-based company feels it has found its solution in International Paper’s new Octalite display-ready carton.


All State trialed the Octalite carton earlier this year, and was pleased with the performance, according to a release from International Paper, Memphis, Tenn.


“By switching to the Octalite carton, many issues we were having related to the packing of our product in RPCs were solved,” Patrick Archibeque, chief operating officer for All State Packers, said in the release. “It’s been a great partnership.”


One of those solved issues involved supply reliability, according to the release.


International Paper has a network of more than 130 plants throughout the U.S., putting the company in position to get product to customers when needed. Other issues included safety concerns due to the weight of the old product and process-related issues in All State’s plant.


Because the Octalite carton is lighter than conventional packaging, freight cost can be reduced as much as 6%, according to the release. Also, the cartons are made of 100% renewable fiber and are certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. They are fully recyclable.


The cartons, along with other innovations from International Paper, will display at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Oct. 2-4 in Anaheim, Calif., according to the release.