IFCO - Delivering fresher food since 1992

IFCO was the first company to develop an outsourced Reusable Plastic Container (RPC) pooling system for fresh fruit and vegetables, back in 1992. Today, we provide unrivaled levels of customer support via our network of local offices and a team of over 1100 employees worldwide.

Our sustainable RPC solutions maximize efficiency and protect products to ensure the safe delivery of fresh food every day. Our services cover every aspect of RPC management, from delivering clean containers to producers to collecting them from retailers, to cleaning and sanitizing them again, ready for redistribution. With customers in over 50 countries and with more RPCs in circulation worldwide than any other supplier, IFCO can supply whatever your business demands.

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Why the world’s biggest RPC supplier is your best partner for growth

As the world’s leading supplier of reusable plastic containers, only IFCO can support your business wherever you and your suppliers are – and wherever the future may take you.

Our people speak your language. And they are experts in your local market too: aware of how your business is affected by the seasons, local culture and the particular challenges of your sector.

We have close working relationships with more than 14.000 food producers – in every category, from fruit and vegetables to meat and fish to bakery goods – and with more than 320 retailers. We work continuously with all our customers to find ways to improve their operational efficiency and reduce their overall costs.

Only IFCO offers such a wide range of pooled equipment and solutions, with over 70+ models of RPCs. We have RPCs to suit every type of fruit and vegetable, including one designed specifically for bananas. And we have other RPCs optimized for meat, fish, eggs and baked goods.

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Global scale, local expertise: the support your business needs, where you need it

With a network of local offices and over 1100 employees worldwide, at IFCO we are there for your business. When and wherever you need us!

Largest footprint and network

We have the largest footprint and network of any RPC provider in the world, delivering fresh produce daily to customers on all five continents.

  • Global market leader
  • Customers in 50 countries
  • 89 service centers
  • 1100 employees
  • Global pool of 314 million RPCs

We mitigate your business risks

Our wide variety of solutions and services gives us the greatest capabilities to support our customers with their RPC requirements.

  • Wash capacity of 2 billion units annually
  • Production capacity 66+ million units annually
  • Strictly-enforced global standards
  • Global workforce safety and labor law standards

Trusted by the world’s top retailers

Retailers have trusted our unmatched ability to deliver a better supply chain for more than 25 years.

  • Largest RPC pooling services company globally
  • 25+ years of experience
  • Trusted by the world’s top producers and retailers

Our vision

IFCO’s vision is to achieve and maintain global market leadership and profitability in all of our businesses without sacrificing or compromising our moral responsibility towards all the people with whom we deal and to the ecological system from which we draw our resources.

IFCO’s Mission

Our RPC solutions are state-of-the-art and are designed to provide optimal environmental protection. IFCO’s mission is to take into account social and environmental considerations in the process of constantly improving our solutions so that they provide the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly ways to support our clients.

Corporate Culture

As a global corporation, it is necessary to think and communicate across language and geographical barriers, and to orient our strategies accordingly. However, as we endeavor to succeed in each of our markets, we aim to be flexible enough to adapt our global strategy to the local market conditions.

Executive Management Board

Chief Executive Officer, IFCO SYSTEMS Group

Michael Pooley

Michael Pooley became Chief Executive Officer of IFCO SYSTEMS in July 2020.

He has extensive international experience within pooling, FMCG supply chain, engineering and B2B service sectors, having worked over 25 years in business management, sales, and operations. He is a visionary thinker who has led large scale successful growth and change programs across a range of industry verticals and geographies. Before IFCO, he worked for leading global business including the Brambles Group and Exova Group.

In his most recent position as Group President CHEP Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at CHEP (a division of Brambles), he accelerated the growth of a highly profitable business with priority on entering new markets, product and service innovation, increasing customer intimacy and creating a diverse and inclusive working environment. He was also a member of the Brambles Executive leadership team.

Other major roles at Brambles included Managing Director of CHEP UK and Ireland between 2008 and 2011, successfully growing the top and bottom lines of the business through the global economic downturn. Between 2011 and 2013, he moved to the USA to lead Sales and Customer Operations as Senior Vice President for CHEP USA, where he significantly expanded CHEP’s market share and profitability.

In 2013 Mr. Pooley left Brambles to become Managing Director of Exova Europe (A division of the Exova Group, a PE backed global business providing testing, inspection and certification services to a diverse range of industries including Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Environmental and Food). Whilst there he successfully managed the integration of a range of acquired businesses, increased growth and profitability and, as a member of the Executive leadership team, helped to take Exova Group through a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange. After 2 ½ years with Exova, he returned to Brambles as President for CHEP Europe.

Until leaving Brambles in June 2020, Mr. Pooley also led the Brambles digital division (BXB Digital) and is well-known for his digital knowledge with a focus on track & trace and big data analytics.

A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Mr. Pooley graduated in 1990 from the University of Bath with a B. Eng. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and in 2002 earned an MBA at the Henley Management College.

Chief Financial Officer, IFCO SYSTEMS Group

Dr. Julian zu Putlitz

Dr. Julian zu Putlitz was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of the IFCO SYSTEMS Group on September 16th, 2019.

Prior to joining IFCO, Mr. zu Putlitz worked for almost 10 years as Chief Financial Officer and a Member of the Management Board for the SIXT SE Group. Sixt SE is the publicly listed holding company of the Sixt Group, one of the leading global car rentals, car sharing and car leasing companies. During his almost 10 years as CFO of the Sixt Group, Julian very successfully managed the finance function of this fast growing and profitable company.

From 1998 until 2009 Mr. zu Putlitz worked for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, as of 2004 as a Partner in the Roland Berger Competence Center Restructuring & Corporate Finance, Berlin.

During his time with Roland Berger he was responsible for many financial restructuring and recapitalization projects as well as for strategy development, business process redesign and the implementation of restructuring and efficiency improvement programs for many well-known German and international customers.

Mr. zu Putlitz was born in New Haven, CT USA and has dual citizenship (German and American). He studied Economics at the Universities of Bonn, Munich and Zurich and graduated with a Ph.D (Dr. rer.pol.) from the University Bamberg, Germany.

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