Grocery stores, distribution centers and manufacturing plants all use pallets to handle food and beverages. To ensure the process of moving products between warehouses and locations is quick and standardized, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has established a set of guidelines for all food industry pallets.
These GMA pallet guidelines contain detailed dimensions and specifications, as well as quality classification parameters.
What are the specs of GMA pallets?
Pallets manufactured to GMA specifications are typically referred to as GMA pallets. A GMA pallet is one of the six most common size pallets, and is by far the most popular size in the US. A GMA pallet has:
- An overall footprint of 48” by 40”
- A minimum load-bearing capacity of 2,500 pounds
- Four-way forklift entry with two notches on the side
- Top and bottom deck boards that are 5/8″ thick
- A 5 1/2″ x 40″ board on each end of the pallet top, and five 3 1/2″ x 40″ boards in the center
- A 5 1/2″ x 40″ board on each end of the pallet bottom, and three 3 1/2″ x 40″ boards between the notches
What are the different grades of GMA pallets?
The GMA pallet is a recycled pallet categorized into two grades: A and B.
- Grade A or #1 is the highest quality recycled pallets. These are products that are in excellent condition, with no stringer repairs and only minor discoloration. Many recyclers use subdivisions within the category to distinguish between pallets with a cleaner appearance, such as food grade or premium grade.
- Grade B or #2 pallets show indication of more extensive use than Grade A pallets. They may be worn and discolored, or have broken stringers that have been repaired with companion runners. Grade B is very popular due to the lower cost than a Grade A pallet.
At Kamps, we sort, repair and deliver thousands of GMA pallets every day – you could say it’s our specialty. Our first and main location, in Grand Rapids, Michigan is home to many food processors and manufacturers, as well as grocery stores and restaurants. Our clients rely on Kamps to provide the pallets that keep this food chain moving so that fresh and packaged food gets to their customers on time and in good condition. We take this responsibility very seriously.
If your business uses GMA pallets and you would like to discuss which grade pallet would best meet your needs and your company’s budget, call us. We’d love to go through your options and supply you with a great pallet at a great price.