IFCO’s combines its annual presence at Fruit Logistica with social engagement as part of their WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, and once again supports the Berliner Tafel in their ‘clean up’ action.
Berlin/Pullach, February 2014 — The Fruit Logistica in Berlin, known the world around as the fruit trade’s leading fair, once again broke the record with over 2,600 exhibitors. Nearly all of the exhibitors decorate their stands with high quality fruit and vegetables.
At the close of Fruit Logistica 2014, IFCO once again provided the Berliner Tafel with both reusable containers and staff volunteers to support their now traditional ‘clean-up’ action at the trade-fair grounds. IFCO’s consignment of 2,500 ecologically-friendly ROCs (Reusable Plastic Containers) made it possible to collect and deliver, without loss of quality, 100 metric tons of food to the food bank and its associated institutions. This year 300 volunteers including those from IFCO filled the ‘green crates’ to their brims and gathered more than 20 truckloads with a wide range of fruit and vegetables.
Sabine Werth, founder and had of the Berliner Tafel, was once again delighted with the help and support provided by the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative. “IFCO and the green crates were, this year as well, were the optimal basis for the transport of over 100 tonnes of food. We’re very thankful that IFCO gas once again supported us abundantly. It’s through companies such as IFCO that we’re in the position to master the logistical challenges at the end of Fruit Logistica, no matter what amount or variety of produce needs to be transported.” This year, for the first time and on the same weekend, it was possible to save the highly perishable food by converting it to fruit spreads, chutney and vinegar and thus use 100% of displayed at the fair.
Wolfgang Orgeldinger, the CEO of IFCO systems, confirmed support of the Berliner Tafel in the coming years. “What we started with the Berliner Tafel in 2009, be it the co-sponsoring of refrigerated van, providing both our green crates and staff volunteers, will be continued into the future. The Berliner Tafel and IFCO have been closely associated for years and we’re very pleased that, through the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, IFCO can provide our Tafel partner a wide range of support. Hygiene and freshness are the key factor in fruit & vegetable logistics. It’s our job to guarantee this in each step of the logistical process for the Tafel, just as it is for our retail clients.
As part of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, IFCO has helped to finance the purchase of refrigerated vans for the food bank movement and has thus far sponsored 39 vehicles. Further, food banks around the world have been provided with more than 115,000 of IFCO’s reusable containers (RPCs) for use in transporting and storing sorely needed produce. These green crates are a hygienic and ecologically friendly alternative to one-way corrugated packaging and have been a key element in reducing the food banks waste-disposal expenses.