Defense Commissary Agency Sees Environmental and Productivity
Benefits From Launch of IFCO Reusable Plastic Container Program
TAMPA, April 22, 2014,
The Military Produce Group is showing its commitment to the environment by using Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) from IFCO SYSTEMS for the shipment of fresh produce to dozens of commissaries. The Military Produce Group, which supplies fruits and vegetables to commissaries in the southern United States, is moving to RPCs from corrugated boxes for several commodities. This move furthers the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) sustainability program.
“The Defense Commissary Agency is committed to an environmentally sustainable operation
and applauds MPG’s use of reusable containers to limit the amount of waste heading to landfills
and reduce product damage,” said Bridget Bennett, Supervisory Category Manager (Produce)
Military Produce Group works with grower/shippers like Village Farms, Seald Sweet,
Bolthouse Farms and Tanimura & Antle to ensure military families get the freshest produce
delivered to their local commissary at the peak of ripeness.
With more than 180 million RPCs in circulation, IFCO is the leading provider of reusable
containers to the fresh food sector worldwide. IFCO handles all RPC logistics, from
distributions to cleaning to re-entry into the supply chain. After retail use, IFCO RPCs are
folded, collected and shipped back to one of IFCO’s service facilities, where they are sanitized
and prepared for re-use.