Horticultural sector: sobrecoste with packaging of plastic Murcia 2014, by product

This graph shows the extra cost that in 2014 meant to the fruit and vegetable sector the use of reusable plastic pool instead of corrugated packaging in the Region of Murcia. The data focus on the commercialization of lettuce, broccoli, pepper, melon, artichoke and tomato, products that account for 23% of fruit and vegetable production in Murcia. In total, the use of plastic packaging in the marketing of these six products resulted in an extra cost of € 27.6 million for the originator that year, of which approximately € 10 million corresponded to the marketing of lettuce.

Surplus of horticultural companies in the Region of Murcia when using plastic pools in 2014, by product

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Release date

November 2015



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Supplementary notes

The report focuses on the Region of Murcia and takes into account the marketing data for 2014 of six products in particular:
-Letter: 375,627 tonnes
-Pimiento: 126,592 tonnes
-Monon: 214,332 tonnes
-Brocoli: 213,366 tons
-Alcube: 111,112 tonnes
-Tomate: 323,542 tonnes

For the estimation of costs and prices, the study has taken into account the measurements of the boxes, purchase / rental acquisition, marketed weight, gross price, pallet leasing, labels, labor cost, cost of trucking and the percentage of breakage losses.

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