Pullach, Germany, 23 August, 2016: IFCO is pleased to announce the achievement of another significant milestone: one billion annual reusable plastic container (RPC) shipments from producers to grocery retailers across Europe in a12-month period. This record number represents over 20 years of steady growth for IFCO RPCs and confirms the benefits retailers and producers continue to gain from the company’s solutions.
“We are excited to share this momentous achievement with our customers, partners and employees across Europe and around the world,” said Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of IFCO, “Our continued growth is a testament to the value IFCO RPCs offer fresh food supply chains across Europe and around the world.” IFCO RPCs are used to ship fresh foods in 52 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
RPCs reduce costs, protect product quality, and reduce environmental impact and food waste in fresh food supply chains. The annual environmental impact of shipping one billion cases of fresh produce in RPCs is equal to the elimination of:
• CO2 emissions of nearly 75,000 vehicles1
• Solid waste generated by over 400,000 people2
• Water consumed by nearly 600,000 people3
In addition to lower environmental impact, the IFCO RPC system lowers supply chain costs and product damage. Over the course of one billion shipments annually, IFCO RPCs eliminate over 42.6 million kg of food waste caused by product damage4, enough to provide over 600,000 people with the five servings of fruit and vegetables recommended daily – for a full year.
With more than 260 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.
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IFCO is the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, serving customers in 50+ countries. IFCO operates a pool of over 260 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used for over 1.3 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.
4 May 2013 packaging damage study by Fraunhofer IML and the University of Bonn