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Michelle Obama supports trend towards healthy nutrition

 

An apple a day keeps the doctor away - Michelle Obama's healthy nutrition initiative promotes healthy diets for children. Retailers follow suit by lowering salts, fats and sugars in their products, and dropping prices for healthy items.

Growers worldwide note positively that this trend towards healthy nutrition is documented with an increasing demand for fruit and vegetables. They welcome being able to close the environmentally friendly circle with reusable logistic solutions which meet the requirements of growing markets.


 

IFCO RPCs win Responsible Packaging Award for ecologically and socially responsible packaging innovation

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IFCO SYSTEMS is pleased to announce that its reusable plastic containers (RPCs) have won the Responsible Packaging Award for ecologically and socially responsible packaging innovation. IFCO’s RPCs are used primarily for the transport of fresh produce from grower to retailer, and are particularly compatible with organic produce as they are Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) Listed© and protect produce better than traditional packaging, with dramatically reduced environmental impact.

“Growers and retailers of organic produce have high expectations when it comes to the handling and shipment of top-quality products,” said Fred Heptinstall, President and General Manager of IFCO’s RPC Management Services Division. “They are increasingly demanding sustainable-packaging solutions, and IFCO delivers.”

The Responsible Packaging Awards judging committee used a three-part set of criteria to evaluate nominees, including commitment to transparency, extended producer responsibility, and ecological systems design principles. Each package was rated based on an assessment of its environmental and social impact throughout the product lifecycle.

IFCO received the award on October 14, 2010, during Natural Products Expo East and All Things Organic at the Boston Convention Center. The awards recognize industry achievements and innovations in environmen tally responsible packaging including materials reduction and the use of 100% recycled PET & HDPE, 100% postconsumer recycled, non-GMO, compostable, regional, reusable, refillable, returnable, and Forest Stewardship Council Certified content.

About the Responsible Packaging Awards

The Awards are co-sponsored by Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, Independent Natural Foods Retailers Association, National Cooperative Grocers Association, Organic Trade Association, United Natural Foods Inc., and Whole Foods Market’s Green Mission. More information on the Responsible Packaging Project and the draft Guidelines at www.responsible-packaging.org

 

 

California Food Banks' Farm to Family Program

 

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How the program works


Participating California growers harvest “leftover” produce in the fields and pack in IFCO RPCs. This leftover produce is perfectly nutritious and edible but is inappropriate for sale to grocery retailers due to its size, appearance, etc. The grower then ships the RPCs to a participating local food bank and reports the shipment to IFCO, just as they would for any other shipment.

After the food bank has distributed the donated produce throughout the local community, it sets the empty RPCs aside for IFCO to collect. IFCO picks up the empty RPCs and returns them to its service center in Rancho Cucamonga, CA to be cleaned, inspected, and redeployed.

IFCO reimburses the grower for some or all of the rental cost of the RPCs used for this purpose, and CAFB reimburses the grower for some or all of the costs associated with the transportation and harvesting of the donated produce. This makes donation of the produce financially feasible for the grower, encouraging participation and providing much-needed fresh produce to low income Americans.

Program details are specific to each participating grower and are stipulated in an agreement between IFCO SYSTEMS and the grower prior to participation.



Want to support California Food Banks?


Existing IFCO RPC customers should contact their Account Manager to request participation in the program. To participate with CAFB, please contact:

Ron Clark, Food Sourcing & Logistics Manager

California Association of Food Banks

1624 Franklin Street, Suite 722

Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510.350-9907

Fax: 510.272.9171

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.cafoodbanks.org



Want to participate in the program?

Existing IFCO RPC customers should contact their Account Manager to request participation in the program.

IFCO SYSTEMS

4343 Anchor Plaza Pkwy

Ste. 230

Tampa, FL 33634

Phone: 813.463.4100

Fax: 813.286.2070

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

www.ifco-us.com

 

 

IFCO supports vocational training center for the handicapped in Austria

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40 IFCO reusable plastic containers supplied to Hof Feichtlgut vocational training center.

In line with the company's social commitment within the framework of its WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, IFCO recently supplied 40 reusable plastic containers at cost price to the Hof Feichtlgut vocational training center. Following its "Think globally, act locally" philosophy, IFCO specifically supports projects that significantly improve the environment and human relations.

The Hof Feichtlgut in Upper Austria provides vocational training for 30 mentally disabled young people who have completed their compulsory schooling. One of the most important aspects for the young team of caregivers is the social integration of people with disabilities. Public projects help strengthen the self-confidence of the young people in the program while promoting openness and social interaction.

 

IFCO Volunteers Continue Commitment to Rebuilding New Orleans

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On June 16, a team of 115 volunteers from IFCO’s Warehouse and Logistics Management Services (WLMS) division gathered at McDonogh 42 Elementary Charter School, located in the Tremé neighborhood in the heart of New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. It serves approximately 500 students in grades Pre-K-8, 99% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.

McDonogh Elementary – along with the entire surrounding area – suffered devastating damage in the hurricane and was flooded by five feet of water. It reopened one year ago and restoration continues. The IFCO team painted, planted palms and flowering trees, put down 200 bags of mulch, donated a basketball goal, and partially gutted a hurricane-damaged historic home on the school property which will eventually be used as a community center.

“This August marks the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which is naturally a somber time,” said IFCO’s Vice President of WLMS and New Orleans-area resident Tony Zinna. “The people of IFCO saw this as a wonderful opportunity to look forward and channel our energies toward a positive future.”

IFCO’s volunteer effort was coordinated through Relief Spark, a grassroots non-profit organization that provides volunteer logistics to a network of non-profit organizations in New Orleans and surrounding areas.

“Relief Spark succeeds by establishing long-term relationships with families, city leaders and leading businesses such as IFCO,” said Sidney Ray-Bazan, founder and executive director of the non-profit. “We are so grateful to the people of IFCO for their dedication, passion and contribution of nearly 500 volunteer hours.”

In March, another team of 240 IFCO volunteers painted and landscaped three homes in New Orleans’ Gentilly District in partnership with Beacon of Hope Resource Center.

Through IFCO’s WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, the company is a leader in social and environmental responsibility. It works with strong project partners in individual markets – such as Beacon of Hope – to expand its sphere of responsible activities. Globally, IFCO’s major social-engagement project supports Food Banks in their honorable effort to deliver food to the needy by providing reusable containers and co-financing delivery vehicles.

 
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