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We provide efficient, safe and sustainable solutions to our customers

IFCO RPCs increase the efficiency of our customers' supply chains, from better space utilization to less time for handling, stacking, and loading, reducing costs and wasted resources. Our RPCs are also safer for users than traditional one-way packaging. They are designed with ergonomics in mind, reducing the number of pull and strain injuries and eliminating the need for box cutters. RPCs also help to lower the environmental impact of our customers' supply chains. Recent studies conducted in both Europe and North America confirm the use of our RPCs lowers the environmental impact of fresh product supply chains compared to one-way cardboard packaging:


European Study*

North American Study**

53% lower greenhouse emissions potential

50% energy demand

38% lower ozone depletion potential

76% lower ozone depletion

51% lower summer smog potential

82% less solid waste

72% lower acidification

50% lower acidification

81% lower eutrophication

50% lower eutrophication

92% lower water consumption


* The Sustainability of Packaging Systems for Fruit and Vegetable Transport in Europe based on Life-Cycle-Analysis, Update 2009", published in February 2009 by Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg

**COMPARATIVE LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF REUSABLE PLASTIC CONTAINERS AND DISPLAY-AND NON-DISPLAYREADY CORRUGATED CONTAINERS USED FOR FRESH PRODUCE APPLICATIONS", published in June 2013 by Franklin Associates, A Division of Eastern Research Group (ERG).

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Our Solutions help reduce food loss in the supply chain


IFCO RPCs reduce food loss due to mechanical damage (crushing, cuts, bruises) and improper temperature. The smooth interior and sturdy construction of our RPCs protects perishable items from damage during packing, stacking, and transport, resulting in significantly lower rates of damage and therefore food loss from producer to retailer. A 2013 study [link to study PDF] conducted by Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics and the Cold-Chain Management Working Group at the University of Bonn evaluated potential links between product damage and packaging type (specifically RPCs and one-way cardboard boxes). Through the supply chain, the following packaging damage rates were observed:

  • RPCs -.012%
  • Disposable - 4.2%

Not only was the packaging damage rate significantly higher for disposable packaging, but so was the rate of product damage arriving in a damaged packaging:

  • RPCs - None of the product arriving in damaged packaging sustained damage
  • Disposable - 20% of product arriving in damaged packaging sustained damage

In addition to reducing mechanical damage, our RPCs are highly ventilated, allowing for faster cooling after harvesting of perishable products. This ventilation also allows for closer temperature control of products during storage and transport. Faster cooling and better control of temperature post-harvest promote a longer shelf life for fresh products, reducing unsaleable product and waste at retail. These benefits have been confirmed in studies on strawberries, mangoes, squash, and other products. [links to studies].


We minimize our impact on the environment through continuous improvement of our products, our operations, and our supply chain.

By partnering with our equipment suppliers, we have developed resource-efficient washing and drying equipment which help minimize our energy and water consumption. Our RPC engineers continuously seek ways to make our RPCs stack more efficiently to optimize the number of RPCs which can be stacked per pallet, lowering transportation requirements with each improvement.

IFCO has installed water recycling equipment which lowers the amount of water used during our wash process. In addition, we employ energy saving technologies in our wash centers through combined heat and power generation.

Find more information on company sustainability initiatives and our parent company's Sustainability Report here


We believe an engaging, safe, tolerant and diverse workplace brings out the best in our people. We think first of ‘Zero Harm’.

As a member of the Brambles family of companies, IFCO supports and upholds the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through our employment policies, Brambles companies are committed to:

  • Providing a safe working environment with an objective of achieving Zero Harm through industry best practice in health and safety management;
  • Being an equal opportunities employer, committed to developing a diverse workforce where everyone is treated fairly irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, race or religion;
  • Creating an environment where everyone is encouraged to give their best and realize their full potential, by providing learning and development opportunities for individuals and groups, and 
  • Ensuring employees can discuss any problem connected with their work confident that they will receive a fair, impartial and confidential review of the issue.
Brambles' sustainability strategy underlines its commitment to achieving Zero Harm in each of its businesses. This means zero injuries, zero environmental damage and zero detrimental impact on human rights.


Find more information on our strategy and policies here


IFCO supports the communities in which we operate

IFCO supports food banks in our markets around the world through our Worldwide Responsibility initiative. For more information on IFCO's support of food banks, click here.

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