IFCO signs 130-plus growers to RPC program

IFCO North America announced it has signed more than 130 growers to participate in its Wood Grain Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) program. The company’s wood grain RPCs are used to ship fresh produce to Walmart under an agreement reached with the retailer in October 2015.

“Our goal is to constantly improve the fresh food shopping experience for Walmart customers and IFCO is helping us meet that goal,” said Shawn Baldwin, Walmart senior vice-president of produce/global food sourcing. “We are pleased to see IFCO wood grain RPCs penetrate the supply chain so quickly, and they are getting positive reviews from growers and customers alike.”

“IFCO’s Wood Grain RPC business with Walmart expands on a partnership that began in 2000. Today, millions of RPCs are shipped for Walmart and its growers, including 1.5 million wood grain RPCs,” said Daniel Walsh, president of IFCO North America.

In October 2015, IFCO and Walmart announced IFCO will supply the world’s largest retailer with newly designed wood grain RPCs for its wet and dry produce, initially including apples, potatoes, onions, and citrus items.

“Whether we’re talking about wood grain or black RPCs, IFCO RPCs are more efficient, cost-effective, sustainable, and protect fresh produce better than single-use packaging, such as corrugated cardboard. Research shows consumers in the United States and around the world prefer RPCs for fresh produce packaging,” said Walsh.

IFCO’s wood grain RPCs are 100% sourced and manufactured in the United States. In addition, these RPCs are cleaned and sanitized at one of six US service centers throughout their life cycle.

Access www.ifco.com to learn more.

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