Wiers Farm, IFCO RPC partnership yields a bumper crop of benefits

The 10-year partnership between Wiers Farm, a family-owned produce farm in Willard OH, and IFCO North America, a leading provider of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, has delivered economic and sustainability benefits while providing high-quality, nutritious food.

“IFCO is a great partner that helps us meet our marketplace objectives,” said Ed Wiers, partner with Wiers Farm. “Their RPCs are easy to handle. They also protect and cool our product better, have better structural integrity and cost less than other types of produce packaging.”

Wiers Farm uses 1.3 million IFCO RPCs annually to package, ship, store and display a variety of fresh produce including lettuce, zucchini, squash, peppers, cucumbers, corn, eggplant and greens.

“We are proud of our long-term collaboration with Wiers Farm,” said Daniel Walsh, president of IFCO North America. “Our partnership is based on the shared goal of creating an efficient, sustainable and cost-effective food supply chain that provides families across North America with safe, nutritious, delicious and affordable food, and the results speak for themselves.”

Since its founding, IFCO RPCs have been used for 9.5 billion trips, generating $5.2 billion in customer savings, while reducing carbon emissions, water use and solid waste versus one-way packaging.

A Brambles company, IFCO operates a pool of more than 270 million RPCs globally, which are used for more than 1.4 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and other items from suppliers to grocery retailers every year. For more information, see www.ifco.com.

Wiers Farm has been offering quality produce since its founding in 1896. Today, it grows more than 40 different types of vegetables in Ohio, Michigan and Florida. For further details, access www.wiersfarm.com.

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