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IFCO, Walmart expand RPC partnership

Dorn Wenninger, vice-president of produce for Walmart US; and Daniel Walsh, president of IFCO North America, announced jointly that the two companies have executed an agreement stating IFCO will provide Walmart US with a new generation of Wood Grain Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for wet and dry produce.

The new Wood Grain RPC will provide merchandising opportunities for Walmart with its natural wood grain look, combined with exceptional features such as supply chain efficiency, excellent stability and cooling functionality, and delivering quality produce.

“This agreement expands IFCO’s long and successful partnership with Walmart that began in 2000,” said Walsh. “IFCO is committed to deploying our logistics expertise, production capacity, and global infrastructure in service to our retail partners.”

“IFCO is one of Walmart’s most important partners and is a natural fit to help us meet our ambitious fresh produce goals in 2015 and beyond,” said Wenninger.

Under the agreement, IFCO’s Wood Grain RPCs will initially be used to pack and ship dry produce, including apples, potatoes, onions, and citrus items.

IFCO says its RPCs are efficient, protect and cool product better, and are more environmentally sustainable than one-way packaging. They also transition easily from transportation to in-store displays. IFCO uses globally standardized sanitation processes, equipment, and detergents in its RPC wash process, and collaborates with suppliers to develop efficient and effective technical solutions.

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