Pullach, Germany – May 9, 2017: IFCO, the global leader in reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, today released estimates quantifying the positive impact the company has had on the environment since it was founded in 1992. According to a recently published life cycle analysis1 and previous damage rate studies2, over the past 25 years, IFCO:
• Has eliminated 3.4 billion kg of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of removing nearly 500,000 cars from the roads,
• Prevented more than 951,000 metric tonnes of solid waste, enough to fill approximately 104,000 dump trucks,
• Reduced water consumption by 43 billion litres (11 billion gallons); and
• Saved 317,982 metric tonnes of produce from damage and waste.
“Our customers’ use of IFCO’s shared and reusable assets has been driving supply chains toward a global circular economy and advancing ‘zero-waste’ goals for 25 years,’” said Wolfgang Orgeldinger, IFC0’s CEO. “We are proud to work with our retailer and grower partners to improve the sustainability of the fresh food supply chain, and to nourish and improve the lives of people around the world.”
IFCO is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s founding in 2017 with a series of announcements, events and a donation of 25,000 € to food banks across Europe and North America.
Since joining the Brambles family of companies in 2011, IFCO has continued to expand into new geographies and new product categories, while also growing its core business with the world’s leading retailers. Today, more than 1.4 billion shipments of fresh goods – including produce, meat, eggs, bread, seafood, dairy and other fresh items – arrive at grocery stores around the world in IFCO reusable plastic containers every year. With customers in 50+ countries spanning six continents, a pool of more than 270 million containers, IFCO has established itself as the global leader in reusable packaging systems for fresh foods. In September, IFCO announced it delivered fiscal year 2016 annual revenue of US$992 million, representing 16% growth over the prior year at existing currency.
“If all points along the fresh food value chain come together to consistently operate in the most sustainable way possible, future generations will thank us for passing onto them a better world than the one we inherited,” concluded Mr. Orgeldinger.
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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 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. For more information visit 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
1) Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Reusable Plastic Containers conducted by Franklin Associates, a Division of Eastern Research Group (ERG), February 2017
2) Study by University of Bonn, Institute for Animal Science, Cold-Chain Management Working Group and the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, “Determination of spoilage levels of fresh fruit and vegetables according to the type of packaging”, May 2013