Fisher Ranch Corporation has extended its contract with pallet and container pooling company CHEP. Fisher Ranch is now transporting Kingfisher and Fisher brand cantaloupes, honeydew melons, lettuce, and broccoli from its facilities in California and Arizona to supermarkets, club stores, and foodservice distributors throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on CHEP pallets.
The produce marketer moved to the CHEP pallet pooling program from limited-use, unpooled pallets—known as “white wood”—in 2004. It has experienced improvements in shipping platform quality and consistency as a result. It is also realizing financial benefits from the switch, including productivity improvements and a reduction in product damage.
Blythe CA-based Fisher said the CHEP program is also more environmentally sustainable than alternatives. Based on third-party lifecycle inventory analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system versus white wood pallets, each year Fisher Ranch is reducing solid waste generation by more than 100,000 pounds, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by about 75,000 pounds, and saving enough energy to power 55 homes with electricity.
For more information about CHEP, visit www.chep.com.