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IFCO Executive: Reusable Plastic Containers Contribute to Global Food Security, are Sustainable and Drive Cost Savings for Retailers 

(Shanghai, China) Christy Zhu, IFCO China Country Manager, told a gathering of more than 160 fresh produce industry executives and government officials from fifteen countries and regions that IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (PRCs) have numerous social, sustainable and economic advantages. 

Ms. Zhu's presentation was part of a panel discussion entitled, “The Changing Structure of the Fresh Produce Distribution Chain," at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Connections: China, held March 26-27 in Shanghai, China.

IFCO is the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions, operating a pool of over 200 million RPCs in 34 countries around the world.

“With a rapidly expanding global population that will reach nine billion by 2050, we need innovative and responsible solutions to ensure we are able to grow, process and transport an abundant supply of safe, nutritious and affordable food to every corner of the globe," said Ms. Zhu. “RPCs are becoming the preferred transportation method for fresh food because they are sustainable, cost-effective and reduce food waste at a time when too much of our food ends up in landfills and not on dinner tables."

As an example, RPCs can help China reduce its food waste, estimated at US $32 billion annually*, by protecting fresh fruits and vegetables from damage during shipping. IFCO RPCs also optimize airflow around the product and allow faster cooling and easier, more consistent temperature control, which preserves and protects fresh food better than one-way packaging.

Ms. Zhu also told Fresh Connect: China attendees RPCs are environmentally sustainable because they require less energy to transport and clean over their lifetime versus one-way packaging.

“IFCO RPCs are an ideal fresh food transportation solution for China and other emerging markets around the world," concluded Ms. Zhu.

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