Vegetable supplier JW Grant has won a £67,260 payout from Troy Foods after the Court of Appeal ruled that Troy was wrong to keep the plastic pallets that Grant supplied its fresh produce in.

Grant had asked Troy to return the pallets, known as dolavs, but the company had refused and used them itself.

The court ruled that the dolavs were the supplier’s property and that supplying products in them didn’t mean they became the property of the customer.

“This is good news for businesses that supply products in packaging such as pallet boxes, because it establishes the principle that ownership does not pass with the goods,” said JW Grant’s solicitor Peter Bennett from Roythornes.