RPCs will be donated after the United Fresh 2013 show
TAMPA, May 14, 2013 — IFCO SYSTEMS, the global leader in Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh products, today announced that it will provide containers to Feeding America San Diego (FASD) to support that organization’s “School’s Out, Hunger is Not” program to meet the needs of school kids during the summer. Feeding America San Diego (http://feedingamericasd.org/) will receive the RPCs after the United Fresh 2013 show May 14-16 in San Diego and then reuse them to transport grocery products from its facility north of downtown to more than 190 partners.
“IFCO is making an annual tradition of supplying RPCs to local food banks after the United Fresh show. Providing RPCs is one of many ways to support organizations like Feeding America San Diego, which will use them to improve productivity throughout their supply chain and decrease their carbon footprint,” said Fred Heptinstall, President and General Manager, IFCO SYSTEMS US.
Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is San Diego’s largest distributor of hunger-relief food, more than 21.5 million pounds within the last year, and the only Feeding America affiliate in the county. FASD works closely with over 160 partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 73,000 children, families and seniors in need each week. Devoted to feeding the hungry, advocating for a sustainable future and educating the community, FASD is committed to building a hunger - free and healthy San Diego through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships.
“Feeding America San Diego relies on community-spirited companies like IFCO to help us feed the thousands of families in need of food assistance. The IFCO RPCs are an efficient, environment-friendly way for us to transport food and other products for our direct-to-client programs and partner agencies, allowing children, families and seniors to access much needed nutritious meals,” said Jennifer Gilmore, executive director at Feeding America San Diego.
As the market leader with more than 170 million RPCs in circulation worldwide, IFCO is the leading provider of reusable containers to the fresh food sector. IFCO handles all RPC logistics, from manufacturing to cleaning to re-entry into the supply chain. After retail use, IFCO RPCs are folded, collected and shipped back to one of IFCO’s service facilities, where they are sanitized and prepared for re-use.
The Banco Alimentare receives 25.000 RPCs for their daily work
From left to right: Marco Magnelli, (General Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare), Anna Clerici (Communication Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare), Eleonora Gemini (Country Manager, IFCO SYSTEMS Italia), Cesare Rizzi (Promotion Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare)
Milan/Pullach, March 15, 2013 — The international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables expands its support for international Food Banks as part of its WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative by giving 25,000 reusable plastic containers (RPCs) to the Banco Alimentare in Italy.
The Banco Alimentare of Lombardia is a Food Bank located in in the Northern part of Italy. 560 volunteers support the non-profit organization its daily business. Necessary tasks such as collecting, packing and delivering food as well as the management of the organisation are mainly carried out by volunteers.
In 2012, the association Banco Alimentare of Lombardia has helped 1,300 charity institutions. Trough the intense relationship to charitable institutions, the Banco Alimentare provided more than 200,000 people who live in poverty with food. 13,300 tons of food, collected from retailers and growers, were given out to those in need, covering fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pre-cooked meals.
To optimize logistic processes and guarantee the efficient delivery of fresh products to the needy, IFCO supports the Banco Alimentare by donating 25,000 reusable plastic containers to the non-profit organization.
Under WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY, IFCO furthers the changeover to reusable transport solutions and thus helps the Banco Alimentare to reduce their waste disposal costs. In comparison to conventional corrugated packaging, IFCO’s reusable ‘green crates’ have considerable environmental advantages, such as reducing CO2 emissions by up to 53% and ozone depletion by up to 38%.
“The initiative WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY helps to help. Within the scope of the initiative and the worldwide expansion of the Food Bank support, it is our aim, to decisively support organizations like the Banco Alimentare with our green crates” says Eleonora Gemini, General Manager of IFCO Italy.
Marco Magnelli, General Manager, Banco Alimentare adds: “IFCO’s RPCs enable a sustainable execution of our logistics as well as a decisive cost reduction while focussing on our mission: Providing fresh food to those in need. Using the green crates IFCO donated to the Food Bank allows us to waive the cardboard packaging. On behalf of the Banco Alimentare team including all its volunteers, we say thank you, IFCO!”
IFCO UK's Andy Beeching at Cambrige half marathon
Cambridge/Pullach, March 10, 2013 — Andy Beeching, Head of Asset Control and Pool Optimisation at IFCO UK, took part in this year’s Cambridge ½ marathon to support the Tower Hamlets Food Bank within the scope of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY.
The manager of the international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables ran the 21.1 kilometres in 1:52:14. After having practiced for months and reaching his personal goal - to complete the run in under 2 hours - Andy Beeching happily pointed out the reasons for the participation: “The main idea behind the run was to raise awareness for the initiative WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY, the Tower Hamlets Food Bank and the fact that a lot of people have to fight hunger. Especially districts in the Eastern part of London have to deal with those issues. That’s why I wore the Tower Hamlets T-Shirt today.” Supporters gave over £ 550 to the Foodbank through Andy Beeching’s fundraising page.
“The Tower Hamlets Foodbank urgently needs help in every possible way to run its daily business, therefore anything that raises awareness helps”, said Andy Beeching. Last Christmas, the Tower Hamlets Foodbank also received a refrigerated van and free reusable crates for transporting food to those in need. These crates are serviced, washed and replaced free of charge by IFCO.
WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY helps to help.
A raffle for a Rolex at IFCO’s booth turns into the emotional highlight of the Fruit Logistica 2013
From left to right: Karl Pohler (IFCO, CEO), Georg Marschall (Branch Manager, Landgard, Munich: winner and re-donator of the Rolex), Sabine Werth (founder and chairwoman of the Berliner Tafel). (Photo: Claus Schunk)
Berlin/Pullach, February 8th, 2013 — At this year’s Fruit Logistica and within the framework of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, the international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables celebrated the 20th birthday of the Food Bank Berlin by inviting customers and fair attendees to donate for a chance to win a Wempe sponsored Rolex Submariner.
Sabine Werth, founder and chairwoman of the Berliner Tafel, picked the lucky winner to great applause of the excited crowd. Georg Marschall, Munich’s branch manager of Landgard, one of IFCO's biggest customers in Germany, generously returned his newly won watch to the Food Bank Berlin in order to support the food bank a second time through a resale of the watch, worth nearly € 7,000. Having already donated a remarkable amount of money by purchasing more than a dozen tickets, he added: “I dedicate this watch to all those who are not blessed with luck. May the money raised for the Food Bank Berlin enable the food bank to bring hope to people in need.”
IFCO concluded the successful event with a donation of € 20,000 in favour of the Food Bank Berlin. With all the money raised, the food bank aims to purchase an urgently needed refrigerated van to better deliver perishable food to citizens of Berlin in need.
“We are very glad to be able to support the Food Bank Berlin in their charitable work. So far, IFCO has donated approximately 10,000 environmentally friendly reusable plastic containers (RPCs) to the Food Bank Berlin for the transportation and storage of fresh food. In co-sponsoring refrigerated vans, we aim to enable efficient logistics processes to also take place in the charitable sector “, stated Karl Pohler, CEO IFCO Systems.
Thrilled and touched by the event, all guests enjoyed a relaxing rest of the evening with cool drinks and the music of three saxophones players.
IFCO helps to help. What a day!
London/Pullach, December 20, 2012 — The international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables expands its support for international food banks as part of its WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative with the Tower Hamlets Foodbank.
On December 20 2012, Chris Taylor, Managing Director IFCO UK, officially handed over a new delivery vehicle to the Tower Hamlets Foodbank at the Tower of London. At a Christmas lunch, which was made possible by the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative and all event sponsors, the Tower Hamlets Foodbank also received free reusable crates for transporting food to London’s needy. These crates are serviced, washed and replaced free of charge by IFCO.
Official Handover of the donated van at the Tower of London with the Beefeaters. From left: Christine Bamigbola, London Development Manager (Trussel Trust), Andy Beeching, Head of Asset Control and Pool Optimisation (IFCO SYSTEMS UK Ltd), Chris Taylor, Managing Director (IFCO SYSTEMS UK Ltd), Denise Bentley, Manager (Tower Hamlets foodbank), Aerold Bentley, Manager (Tower Hamlets foodbank). (Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas)
At this Christmas lunch, free meals and presents were provided to families and individuals in need, prepared by the Tower Hamlets Foodbank and its volunteers and sponsored by partners of the initiative, which include HSBC, Coller Capital, Pears Foundation, exponential-e, Liberty Mutual, and Lexis Nexis.
Under WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY, IFCO furthers the changeover to reusable transport solutions and thus helps food banks reducing their waste disposal costs. In comparison to conventional corrugated packaging, IFCO’s reusable ‘green crates’ have considerable environmental advantages, such as reducing CO2 emissions by up to 53% and ozone depletion by up to 38%.
“We are most pleased to have IFCO at our side to help us manage our logistics. With our new refrigerated van, the Tower Hamlets Foodbank is now able to provide food to those in need much faster and more efficiently. The green crates, IFCO donated to the Foodbank, do not only support logistical optimisation, they also enable us to make an important contribution towards environmental protection and sustainability”, said Denise Bentley, founder of the Tower Hamlets Foodbank.
So far, IFCO has helped food banks in the UK, Spain, France, Germany, Austria, Brazil and Argentina with over 60,000 environmentally friendly reusable crates. In the USA, IFCO’s crates are even used for the transport of fruit and vegetables directly from growers to the needy.
“We are very proud to support the Tower Hamlets Foodbank trough the donation of the van and our RPCs. With the support of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, we were able to co-finance a refrigerated van to secure Tower Hamlets’ deliveries“, said Chris Taylor. “The food banks’ core business, providing a stable supply of food, is similar to our business, therefore IFCO and the Tower Hamlets Foodbank are a perfect match.”