Vortex Fruit Basket

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Vortex fruit basket developed by Canadian Phil Short. Source: Tom Alföldi; Ingenium 2013.0079

The Vortex Fruit Basket protects fruit and keeps it fresh.

The Vortex Fruit Basket may be familiar to consumers who have enjoyed fruit stored in this packaging. Phil Short, a Niagara fruit grower and distributor, developed the Vortex Fruit Basket, which protects tender fruit, like peaches, as it travels from orchard to home. For consumers, the recyclable container guards the fruit from moisture and handling, while giving a clear view of the product. For distributors and retailers, the Vortex Fruit Basket makes transport and display easier with its modular, stackable shape. The result is extended shelf life for fruit and greenhouse vegetables in the store and at home.

The Vortex Fruit Basket is now standard among Niagara fruit growers and is also gaining markets elsewhere in Canada.

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