Much of the produce exported from Chile is packed in wood boxes that capably protect the perishables in shipment. Upon arrival in the U.S. from the dockside pier to the supermarket's produce department the wood crate becomes an obstacle to easy handling and efficient disposal. G. Prohens A. Intl. a Chilean grower with U.S. offices in Washington D.C. ships 600 boxes (8.2 kilos in weight or 18 lb) of table grapes to the U.S. during the November to February harvest period. Responding to its U.S. customers' needs Prohens believes the solution is an unusual corrugated container designed by International Paper's Container Division (Memphis TN). "The Prohens family business has always used wooden crates for grape shipments" says company president Bernard Bramson. "But as more supermarkets demand corrugated rather than wood we've provided the grapes in the new boxes" he says. "And they're selling so why not continue to use them?" In 1993 Prohens tested corrugated grape boxes that were made by a supplier in South Africa. "The container was good" notes Bramson "but it had few vents and so it took a long time to drop the temperature of the grapes inside the box to just above freezing which maintains optimum grape quality. With wood there were a lot of vents that allowed air to get inside the crate." In early '94 Prohens converted to IP's box. The 8.2-kilo box's approximate setup dimensions are 19 1/2" L x 12 1/4" W x 5 3/4" D. The single-wall 300#-test C-flute corrugated box comprises 69# mottled white outer liner/36# medium/74# Pineliner(TM) (for agricultural applications). Unlike its corrugated predecessor from South Africa the IP box includes "ventilation holes" more than 25 in fact located on top bottom side and end panels. The vents allow cooled air to enter during transit on refrigerated ships and in store coolers. And while air doesn't actually circulate through the grapes themselves the air contact does benefit the fruit.