CITY, COUNTRY December 15, 2014: IFCO SYSTEMS, the leading global provider of
reusable packaging solutions, has been awarded the “Tafel Teller 2014” by the
Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. in Germany, as recognition of its ongoing support of
food banks worldwide. Since initiating its food bank support program, IFCO has donated
nearly 150.000 RPCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) to more than 70 food banks in Europe,
North America and South America. It has also helped co-finance 43 refrigerated vehicles to
keep fruit and vegetables fresh.
"We are excited to share this momentous achievement with our customers, partners and employees,”
said Wolfgang Orgeldinger, CEO of IFCO, “Our growth is a testament to the value IFCO RPCs offer the
fresh supply chain in each of IFCO’s 29 countries of operation.” IFCO owns and operates its RPC
business in North America, South America, Europe, and Africa, and operates via joint venture in Asia.
IFCO is also quite active with other food banks around the world. This year, IFCO Portugal
has donated approximately 1,900 RPCs to Food Bank Algarve (algarve.bancoalimentar.pt/),
while IFCO Spain has taken part in the Gran Recogida Madrid (granrecogidamadrid.org) and
donated 2.200 IFCO Magnum Boxes for the effort which took place at the end of November
with the aim of gathering 2 million kg of food for Madrid’s needy.
In addition, the month of November saw a number of IFCO employees in the United Kingdom
volunteering at the Tower Hamlets Foodbank (www.towerhamletsfoodbank.org.uk/) to help
sort and distribute food within their network. IFCO UK also issued an additional 5.000 RPCs
to The Trussell Trust for use within their network of over 350 food banks all over the UK,
bringing the total donation to date to over 25.000 RPCs. In December, IFCO UK will take part
in the annual Christmas Hamper appeal with Tower Hamlets Foodbank, where they assist in
preparing and handing out of Christmas hampers to those in need.
In November, IFCO France participated in the collection of donated goods organized by the
Banque Alimentaire at an Intermarché market. The IFCO employees helped promote the
effort to shoppers, encouraging them to purchase additional goods for donation during their
shopping trip. This effort resulted in 21 caddies of donated goods for the Banque Alimentaire
(www.banquealimentaire.org/). Meanwhile in Italy, IFCO will continue its annual tradition and
donate approximately 1.000€ to the Banco Alimentare (www.bancoalimentare.it). IFCO Italy’s
IFCO receives “Tafel Teller 2014” award for continued
support of food banks worldwide
donation is made possible thanks to customers who elect to receive their Christmas
greetings electronically instead of via printed cards.