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IFCO Shipping One Billion Reusable Containers Annually

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Industry leader achieves milestone as rapid growth of RPCs continues

TAMPA, US June 12, 2014: IFCO is pleased to announce the achievement of a significant milestone this fiscal year: one billion annual reusable plastic container (RPC) shipments from producers to retail locations throughout the world. The record number represents more than 20 years of growth for IFCO RPCs and confirms the benefits retailers and grower-shippers continue to see from IFCO solutions

IFCO is committed to food safety and knows that, because standards and risks are always changing, the company must continuously monitor changes in the industry to ensure use of the best available cleaning and quality control processes, materials, and technology. The company has established best practices which it implements in each of IFCO’s 48 service centers in 19 countries. These best practices ensure strict standards around the world and include: 

RPCs reduce environmental impact, food waste, and supply chain costs for producers and retailers throughout the world. The annual environmental impact of shipping one billion cases of fresh produce in RPCs instead of cardboard boxes 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 people

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 4,000 metric tonnes of food waste caused by product damage4 , enough to provide over 2.7 million people with the five servings of fruit and vegetables recommended daily – for a full year.

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 reentry 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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