In the early part of the 20th Century, Antle started using cardboard packing hear lettuce rather than the bulky, heavy wooden crates. This had many advantages:
- Labor was reduced. Growers no longer had to hire people to make wooden crates.
- Shipping weights were reduced.
- Costs were reduced. Growers were able to eliminate material costs associated with wooden crates and shipping costs.
- More produce could be shipped in the same space
- Field pack?
- Vacuum cooling
Books and References
Anderson, Burton. America’s Salad Bowl: An Agricultural History of the Salinas Valley. Monterey County Historical Society. 2000.