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The Produce industry is changing and becoming increasing competitive. The specialty tray division of The Ellis Group, Ellis Packaging West, offers a chance to brand your company and your products. Branding with printed trays allows you to differentiate your product, showcasing your quality and uniqueness. Printed packaging will give you the opportunity to be very creative, adding QR codes, interesting recipes featuring your unique products and adding website and contact information.

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The printed tray also allows the chance to promote the Green Movement. Sustainable packaging is becoming increasing important to the consumer and will show consumers that you have made the socially conscious choice to save and improve the environment. There are materials we offer that are made from 100% recycled material and is 100% recyclable and recycle logos are available.
There are other advantages to using printed trays such as eliminating a label by printing UPC, Weight, Product of Origin, Handling and Washing Instructions and Recommendations.

Finally there is a chance to increase sales with Specialty Retail Packs offering consumer convenience and club packs.
The Ellis Group can help you develop your own custom packaging to brand your product to help give you an added competitive advantage. Consumers are looking for convenience, ideas and a wow factor. Having a clear and concise brand strategy leads to stronger overall brand equity - how people feed about or perceive your product and how much they are willing to pay for it.

We have worked with various growers to develop unique and creative concepts. There are some basic footprints we have developed that can be used or used as a starting point and we can adjust to your individual products.
Sustainable packaging is being requested, and eventually will be demand from retailers. Also consumers are more conscience of the environment that ever and shopping accordingly. If your product is currently packaged in foam or plastic, The Ellis Group can work with you to develop trays, tills, or punnets that will work for your product.
Styles of tray (3):

Square or Rectangle
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Boat Style

eight sided
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Creative Concepts

hinged lids
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with or without windows, hinged flaps (that can be used for vouchers, or coupons) and baskets with handles.
Tomato Trays (5):
We have developed various sizes of tomato trays which include the following:
Beefsteak - There are various 2 count Beefsteak Trays available:

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Tomatoes on the Vine - TOV's:

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Various Specialty Tomato and Heirloom trays:

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Eggplant Trays:

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Potato Trays:

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Footprints for 3, 4 and 5 count foil wrapped potatoes.
Mushrooms Trays:

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Sizes available:
8oz, 8oz sliced, 12oz, 16oz, 24oz, Portabella Tray.
Corn Trays:

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Mini Cucumbers:

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Generic Tray:

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Use one tray for tomatoes, peppers, eggplants. The graphics would still allow you to brand your company but would cut down on carrying trays for each item.
Materials: Various materials are available in different strengths: CCNB, Chip board, N- flute, which are all from 100% recycled material and are 100% recyclable. SBS is 100% recyclable.
Inks: Food Grade available for print on the inside of trays.
Coatings: Moisture resistant coatings available.

Ellis Packaging West will be happy to work with you to develop your specialty produce trays.
Please contact the Guelph Office at 519-822-7060.
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Having the proper carrier for your food item is essential in making sure that it's transported in the best and most appetizing condition possible. We have a variety of bakery, pizza, chicken and general purpose trays and cartons for you to choose from.
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