IFCO Executive:  Economic, Food Safety and Environmental Benefits Drive Reusable Plastic Container Growth for Fresh Food Packaging



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Chicago, Illinois – November 8, 2016: Hillary Femal, Global Vice President of Marketing for IFCO, the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh products and a Brambles Group company, told a group of fresh food supply chain executives at PACK EXPO that the continued double-digit growth in the use of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) has been made possible because RPCs are more efficient, cost-effective, food safe and more sustainable than single-use packaging.

“All points along the fresh food supply chain are seeking to become more efficient and reduce costs and their environmental footprint,” said Ms. Femal. “RPCs are an ideal platform for achieving these goals because they are operated under a shared and reusable model that helps move the fresh food supply chain toward its goal of a circular, zero waste supply chain.”

Ms. Femal, who is nearly at the end of her term as Chairperson of the Reusble Packaging Association, participated in a panel discussion of fresh food packaging experts at PACK EXPO, entitled, Reusable Packaging Innovations for Retail Supermarkets. During the session, speakers outlined the economic and environmental benefits of RPCs and predicted continued growth in grower and retailer use of RPCs to package, transport and display fresh food at retail locations.

Data shows RPCs are the preferred fresh produce packaging of consumers by a wide margin, are easier to handle than one-way packaging and require less energy and water than single-use cardboard containers.

“The benefits of RPCs helped IFCO achieve a 16% growth rate last fiscal year. That is because forward-thinking growers and retailers are turning to RPCs as their fresh food packaging of choice. Simply stated, RPCs represent the future of the fresh food supply chain,” concluded Femal.


For more information, please contact:

Hillary Femal

VP - Global Marketing

T: +1 813 463 4124


Sean McBride

DSM Strategic Communications

T: +1 202 309 3050


Additional information

IFCO is the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, serving customers in 50+ countries. IFCO operates a pool of over 270 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used for over 1.4 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, bread, and other items from suppliers to grocery retailers every year. IFCO RPCs ensure a better fresh food supply chain by protecting freshness and quality and lowering costs, food waste and environmental impact compared to single-use packaging. IFCO is a Brambles Company. www.ifco.com.

Brambles Limited (ASX:BXB) is a supply-chain logistics company operating primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands. Brambles enhances performance for customers by helping them transport goods through their supply chains more efficiently, sustainably and safely. The Group's primary activity is the provision of reusable unit-load equipment such as pallets, crates and containers for shared use by multiple participants throughout the supply chain, under a model known as "pooling". Brambles primarily serves customers in the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries, counting many of the world's best-known brands among its customers. The Group also operates specialist container logistics businesses serving the automotive, aerospace and oil and gas sectors. Brambles has its headquarters in Sydney, Australia, but operates in more than 60 countries, with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. Brambles employs more than 14,500 people and owns more than 550 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of approximately 850 service centres. For further information, please visit.www.brambles.com.