IFCO receives “Tafel Teller 2014” award for continued support of food banks worldwide



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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.

In South America, employees of IFCO Brazil continued their ongoing support of Ong Banco de Alimentos (www.bancodealimentos.org.br/) during October, when employees volunteered to collect donations in support of Worldwide Day Against Hunger. Similarly, IFCO North America has continued its support of more than 1,000 food banks through donations of RPCs and financial contributions.