The CFQ Quality standard for fruit and vegetable trays in the Benelux
The Benelux CFQ standard applies to corrugated and solid board products optimized for the efficient distribution and transport of fruits and vegetables especially intended for European retailers. Trays will be rectangular (typically 60x40 cm or 40x30 cm base), and generally used without lids.
Compliance with the requirements described in this standard gives the opportunity to the tray producer, after verification by an approved independent certification body, to apply the Benelux CFQ logo on his products, as proof that the products meet the required standard. This Benelux CFQ quality mark covers corrugated as well as solid board boxes.
A new standard for stackable and reliable fruit and vegetable trays
Multiple advantages of corrugated CFQ trays
The new Europe-wide Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) standard makes it possible that the production of corrugated and solid board fruit and vegetable trays meet all the requirements the fruit and vegetable trade needs: they are stackable, can endure long-distance transport and protect products against damages. Corrugated and solid board trays ensure a longer shelf-life for food and vegetables, up to three days longer. This is profitable for the trader and for the retailer and the consumer gets a better and fresher product.
The corrugated and solid board trays are rigorously tested on performance meeting the CFQ-requirements. Testing is done by accredited auditors and testing institutes. Only corrugated and solid board companies, with the required quality, can become members of CFQ. The system is very strict against violations and provides for sanctions. The whole quality system is supervised and monitored by the Corrugated Benelux Association (CBA), the Benelux association of the corrugated industry.