Fish shop equipment: what solutions to choose?

All the tips to choose the best equipment for your fish shop

Tuesday 22 August 2023

The fishing industry requires reliable and safe equipment to ensure the freshness and quality of fresh fish and maximum hygiene during the different stages of processing fish products. Plastic equipment for fishmongers can offer many advantages over other materials, in terms of durability, moisture resistance, ease of cleaning and hygiene, but also in several other aspects.

The important thing is to choose equipment that is made with certified materials and suitable for contact with food, so as not to contaminate the fish and keep all its properties unchanged during the storage, handling and transport phases.

Let’s see together the different types of plastic equipment essential for the fishing industry, their advantages and how to choose the most suitable solutions for the needs of your business.

Plastic fish shop equipment: what advantages does it offer?

Plastic equipment can offer many advantages for fishmongers and all those activities that deal with the processing and conservation of fish, helping to improve operational efficiency, the quality of the finished product and, as a result, customer satisfaction.  These equipment can be used for different stages of fish processing: from freezing to thawing, from storage to handling and transport of fish products. Among the main advantages offered by the use of certified plastic equipment for food are: 

  • food hygiene and safety: plastic equipment is easy to clean and sanitize, ensuring a hygienic and safe working environment for handling and processing fish. Moreover, being made of materials suitable for contact with food, they do not alter the products, preserving all their properties during the different stages of processing; 
  • moisture and corrosion resistance: plastic is water and moisture resistant. This makes it the ideal material for processing and storing fish products. In addition, it does not deteriorate easily, prolonging the life of the equipment; 
  • lightness and handling: the plastic equipment is lightweight and easy to handle and can therefore help to simplify and speed up the operations of staff. Their lightness and ease of use can also facilitate their movement within shops, laboratories or warehouses and their storage when not in use; 
  • durability and resistance: plastic is a robust and impact-resistant material, which can reduce the risk of damage or breakage during daily use of equipment. 

What equipment is essential for a fish market?

Each fishmonger or company that deals with the processing of fish and its derivatives needs specific equipment, which may vary according to the type of products treated, the quantity and type of processing to be carried out and the different needs of the production cycle. However, there is some plastic equipment indispensable to ensure the effective management of fresh fish and the proper conduct of operations for any fishery activity. Among these there are definitely:

  • holed boards, useful for storing products on shelves of various types; 
  • plastic food trays designed to facilitate operators' operations within the frame stacking and removal plants and to facilitate drying processes and different types of processing in the fisheries sector; 
  • stackable food crates ideal for storage and handling of fish products, particularly convenient to stack thanks to the special interlocking system; 
  • food grade plastic boards designed for the storage and storage of products on shelves and racks, racks and salting trolleys; 
  • plastic grids, useful for the storage of fish in cold rooms and to best perform cooling, freezing, thawing or salting. 

These plastic equipment are essential to efficiently carry out the daily operations of a fish shop or companies that deal with the processing of fish products and are specifically designed to carry out all fish processing processes in an efficient and safe way, ensuring the highest quality of the final result.

How to choose the best equipment for fish processing

To choose the best equipment for fish processing it is important to follow some guidelines and carefully evaluate the specific needs of the store. Before purchasing, think about the real needs of your fishery or activity: evaluate the amount of fish sold daily, the type of fish products treated and the different types of operations carried out during the processing phases. This will help you to identify the most suitable equipment to perform all the activities and get the best possible result. 

Once this is clarified, make sure that the plastic equipment is made from high quality materials and certified for food contact. Quality certifications are in fact a guarantee of product reliability and safety. All fish processing equipment proposed by IFT is manufactured with certified raw materials suitable for contact with food, in full compliance with the national ministerial decree of 21/03/1973 and s.m. and the EC directives on contact with food (EC Regulation 10/2011, EC Regulation 1935/2004 and 2023/2006, EC Directive 19/2007 and EC Directive 2002/1972). In addition, IFT ensures full traceability and a quality management system aligned with international standards, to ensure customers produce safe and high quality products. 


Another important aspect to consider is the design of the equipment, which must be practical, functional and adaptable to the needs of the store or business. Choose equipment that will allow you to improve work efficiency and facilitate processing, handling and storage operations as much as possible. Also make sure that the plastic equipment adapts to the size and characteristics of the working space of the fish shop or laboratory and that they are compatible with existing trolleys or racks. 


Finally, evaluate the ease of cleaning and maintenance. Proper cleaning and regular maintenance are in fact essential to ensure the durability and hygiene of the equipment. All polypropylene products offered by IFT can be easily washed and sanitized with basic chlorinated or acid solutions (1 or 2%). In order not to cause damage, it is better not to use solutions containing nitric acid which, over time, could deteriorate the quality of the material.

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