The Lightwood packaging industry

WELCOME to GROW International, the European organisation of lightwood packaging manufacturers (Group Recycling of Wood).

A lightwood packaging sector organisation

It was founded in 1991 to tackle with new regulation to recycle packaging in Germany and after in Europe.

Nowadays, GROW not only represents and defends the wood packaging interests regarding the environment but also quality, image, hygiene, food safety, etc.

GROW, Group Recycling of wood is an international organisation born as a result of the co-operation among European wooden crate sector organisations in France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

GROW's network represents more than 200 companies that manufacture 800 million of crates for fruits and vegetables, and 400 million crates of other kind, meaning a business of more than 500 million euros.

Our aim is to provide an efficient consumer response in the use of wooden packaging.

Goals & Activities

Our main objectives at a European level are:​

To promote lightwood packaging

We develop common campaigns and coordinate attendance at trade fairs.

A C T I O N S :

    Promotion of light wooden packaging at European scale under the GROW trademark
    Focused on: Packaging manufacturers, Packers, Distributors and Recyclers, by means of: Publications and press releases, Advertisement campaigns for magazines, Web sites and banners, Stand in the main trade fairs, Brochures, posters, souvenirs, etc

To guarantee crate recycling

Each country works to promote wood packaging waste recycling specially at household level.

A C T I O N S :

    Recycling. National organisations provide the service in each country by linking distributors, wood packaging waste producers and recyclers.

To defend the sector’s interests

We are members of FEFPEB and regularly conduct advocacy activities at EU level. More information at the Media Resources and latest News sections .

A C T I O N S :

    Advocacy actions. Our work is mainly focused on circular economy policies such as the Packaging waste Directive and the sustainable product initiative, Standardization (CEN/TC 261 “Packaging”), Traceability and Foodstuff Contact, Phytosanitary measures (ISPM 15), EU forest and biomass policies etc.

To carry out studies

We identify the common interests of our members and defend them at EU level. We also coordinate and share the results of our advocacy work at national level.

A C T I O N S :

    Certification, Guides and Studies. HACCP/ IFS/ BRC Certification, GROW Quality, Traceability in the wooden crates industry, Life cycle analysis of crates, Wood as a food contact material, etc..

European organisation of GROW wooden packaging

GROW International

Represents more than 200 companies that manufacture 800 million of crates for fruits and vegetables, and 400 million crates of other kind, meaning a business of more than 500 million euros.

GROW is present in four countries

Members & Parnerships

We represent ligh weight packaging sector in FEFBEB that represents wood packaging in CEI-Bois


European Federation of Wooden Packaging and Pallet Manufacturers  


P.O. Box 90154 NL-5000 LG
TILBURG  (The Netherlands)
Tel:  + 31 13 59 44 802
Fax: + 31 13 59 44 749


CEI-Bois - European Confederation of woodworking industries


Rue Montoyer 24  BE-1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Tel: +32 2 556 25 85
Fax: +32 2 287 08 75


Syndicat des industriels français de l'emballage léger en bois.


6 rue François I er 75008 PARIS (France)
Tel.: 0033 (0)
Fax: 0033 (0)


GROW Verein für umweltfreundliche Holzverpackungen e.V


Hauptstrasse 98 67133 MAXDORF (Germany)
Tel.: + 49 6237 9295 93
Fax: + 49 6237 9295 85


Federación Española de Envases de Madera y sus Componentes


Prof. Beltrán Báguena 4, 412c 46009 VALENCIA (Spain)
Tel.: + 34 963 49 57 13

Fax: + 34 963 48 56 00


Associazione Nazionale delle industrie di imballaggi di legno, pallet, sughero e servizi logistici


Foro Buonaparte 65 20121
Milano C.F. 06987590152
Tel. +39.02806041
Fax +39.0280604392




of Wood packaging



​Wood is a natural, renewable resource that has been used since many generations.

Wood is not only used for furniture, houses, etc., but also to produce crates, pallets, fruit and vegetables crates, baskets and many other wood packaging in different sizes and for many uses.

Wooden packaging is strong, light, natural, healthy and easy to be recycled. The production possibilities are very flexible and able to fulfill clients needs.

View or download: Lightweight packaging: the greenest Choice



What are the advantages of natural materials as wood packaging material?

Since a long time packaging made of a natural wood is used for natural products such as fruit, vegetables, fish and meat. Due to the perishable goods, especially the fruit trade needs packaging that are:

  • Breathable
  • Keeping moisture without wettness
  • Elastic and yet stable
  • Optimizing the cooling and thus contributes different weather conditions
  • And are easily and well-stocked and can be transported efficently.



Wood has traditionally been used to prepare, package, preserve, present, store and transport food -fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood, wine and spirits, oil,cheese and dairy products, meat and sausages, bread and confectionery, nuts and dried fruit, etc.- coming directly or indirectly into contact with the produce. Wood is highly suitable to be used in direct contact with food and this is demonstrated by the fact that it is not only used for containers and packaging, but also for other commonly used items: chopping boards and countertops, kitchen utensils and household items, skewers, chopsticks and cocktail sticks, ice lolly sticks,wine barrels, etc. All this is the result of combining a good fine raw material that is harmless,found in nature and is sustainable, with the commitment of the woodtransforming sector to health legislation and protecting the health of consumers by manufacturing useful and safe products.

Scientific Evidences

The porous nature of wood is not a limitation as far as hygiene is concerned, and wood even has the particular characteristic of containing antibacterial inhibitors of pathogens. You can get evidence of that in the prestigious scientific journal of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago (USA), “Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety” in its article titled: “Microbial Safety of Wood in Contact with Food: A Review” Besides, recent research carried out in France and Spain confirms once again the antibacterial properties of wood from black poplar and pine trees, and harmless migration of natural volatile compounds. That is shown in the conclusions of vast research carried out by the French consortium “EMABOIS” led by F. Aviat and M. Federighi, has given rise to various doctorate theses and scientific articles. Microbiology conclusions reached by EMABois are also in line with the work on fish crates that was carried out in Spain by José Juan Rodríguez Jerez from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Barcelona.



Wooden packaging material are mostly produced from fast growing trees like poplar wood and pine.

For special purposes, e.g. to pack luxury products often wood with a pronounced texture and striking color is used such as birch, lime and maple.

Wooden packing and pallets are produced by purely mechanical processing, so that their is a low energy need and no water is consumed. The primary energy demand for the production of products made of plastic is about 30 times higher than for wood. This primary energy is also mostly from fossil fuels, carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere and thus increase the greenhouse effect. Producers of wooden packaging often use their own wood-waste to produce energy. Both are key benefits of wood in comparison to other packaging materials.

GROW guarantees crate quality and recyclability. Its mark, world wide registered, identifies the crates that have been manufactured of grown wood, poplar plywood and magnetizable staples. Only GROW guaranteed crates are marked with the GROW logo and a license number that identifies the manufacturer, allowing traceability.


GROW wooden crates, once used, are pressed to make stocking and transport more profitable. Afterwards a single recycling process just involves grinding once eventual non-wood wastes (except from staples) have been removed. At the same time, loose staples or the few still fixed to the chips are separated by means of a electro-magnet.

So, recovery companies transform a waste material in a clean and profitable raw material for the recyclers.

Recyclers can, then, make an eventual second chip grinding to get a new raw material to manufacture other wood sub-products like: chip board, coal bricks, cattle beds, sawdust, organic soil, etc.


GROW guaranteed

Crates are marked with the GROW logo and a license number that identifies the manufacturer, allowing traceability.

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