Food grade totes are used in the manufacturing and transport of mass produced foods. The totes come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit the purpose of the industry using them. Food totes are generally stackable to make storage and shipping easier. Totes that are used for baked goods are generally vented and have very smooth surfaces to prevent the plastic bags the food is packaged in from snagging. The FDA has stringent requirements, so food totes are made from virgin materials that can tolerate heavy industrial machinery.
Types of food totes
Plastic Stacking Totes
These are generally used for the storage or shipping of specialized products and food. They are usually vented and come in a variety of sizes including 15x12x4, 48x15x11 and 24x15x14. These vented bins are stackable and straight walled containers that are suited to plastic parts and small assemblies as well as food.
These are often used in manufacturing projects in progress. These are solid totes that can store many kinds of products and work well on conveyors. They also rarely contain internal dunnage, so they stack very well together. Most of the time, these types of nesting totes are made of HDPE, which is an extremely strong material that allows the totes to last for several years. They frequently come in sized 28x18x10 and 24x20x8.