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Be Food Bank, be green, be IFCO in Berlin – Klaus Wowereit discovers IFCO's "green crates"

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IFCO impressively demonstrates logistical know-how in the food sector and delights participants at the 16th German Food Bank Conference.

Stacks of "green crates" full of food: Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit won a spectacular wager in conjunction with the 16th German Food Banks Conference in Berlin. Wowereit bet that the citizens of Berlin would donate at least 50 tons of food to the Berlin Food Bank. The total amount turned out to be 75 tons! IFCO employees alone donated more than a ton of noodles.

More good news came directly from IFCO: The company is planning to support Food Banks from all over Germany by co-financing 20 new refrigerated trucks. Along with supplying reusable containers, this is the second mainstay of support provided by IFCO food bank program. This information was announced during the German Food Banks Conference.

Mayor Wowereit was also impressed by the gigantic logistical effort behind the Food Bank organization. The IFCO "green crates" provided to Berlin's Food Bank were ideal for transporting the huge amount of donated food. "IFCO reusable plastic containers are extremely handy. They make storing and transporting food a lot easier," said one of the Food Bank volunteers.

During the German Food Banks Conference, IFCO demonstrated the versatility of its reusable plastic containers in a remarkably different way. A 200-meter long dinner table was set up last Saturday for more than 800 volunteers from across Germany and Berlin Food Bank supporters. This table was built entirely from IFCO reusable plastic containers. The company supplied more than 2,500 "green crates" to the Berlin Food Bank for this project. After the conference, the reusable containers will be used for the hygienic transport of food to benefit the needy.

"The untiring efforts of Berlin's Food Bank at the national conference once again impressively demonstrated that we can accomplish a lot by working together. We are proud to support Germany's Food Banks in carrying out such an important social task," said IFCO CEO Karl Pohler speaking at the event.

Within the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, IFCO has been supporting Food Banks in Germany since 2009. As the world's market leader in logistics services for reusable containers, IFCO fulfils its environmental and social responsibility as a company by supporting Food Banks around the world.

According to Sabine Werth, President of the Berliner Tafel e.V. (Berlin’s Food Bank), "As a Food Bank, we want to help raise social awareness of sustainability and environmental protection. To help protect the environment, Berlin's Food Bank has changed over completely to IFCO reusable plastic containers in line with our 'Go Green' philosophy."

 

IFCO announces breakthrough reduction in environmental impact of RPC operations

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IFCO announced a breakthrough in its efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its operations via the installation of continuous water recycling equipment in its Atlanta, GA service center. The announcement was made today at the United Fresh produce-industry show in Las Vegas.

The new equipment is expected to reduce the facility’s water use by 75%, or about 29 million gallons annually. The Atlanta facility is one of IFCO’s four reusable plastic container (RPC) service centers (others are in San Antonio, TX; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and Chicago, IL), which inspect, clean, and re-distribute used RPCs back to IFCO’s customers.

"We are very proud of this accomplishment,” said Fre d Heptinstall, President and General Manager of IFCO’s RPC Management Services Division. "Though the installation of this equipment represents a substantial financial investment on the part of the company during tough economic times, we feel it is a necessary part of IFCO’s ongoing commitment to Worldwide Responsibility.” Additional water recycling equipment is scheduled to be installed at IFCO’s other three service centers in the next 12 months.

The goal of the system is to recover as much used water as possible while maintaining IFCO’s high standards for cleanliness. "The recycled water had to meet IFCO’s quality standard for ‘reusable water,’ ” explains Salim Baltagi, VP of Operations of IFCO’s RPC Management Services Division. "Each of our service centers is AIB-certified and our RPCs are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) Listed. There are extremely strict standards to which we must adhere.” In fact, the reused water with which IFCO now washes its RPCs is clean enough to drink.

 

IFCO puts Worldwide Responsibility into action with massive New Orleans volunteer effort

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On a recent sunny afternoon in New Orleans, 200-plus executives from global transport packaging company IFCO traded their business attire for work clothes, rolled up their sleeves, and went to work in a neighborhood still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.

IFCO managers from 13 countries, who were gathered in New Orleans for a company management meeting, spent the afternoon of March 24 repairing, painting and landscaping three homes in the Gentilly District, which suffered severe damage in 2005 resulting from levee breaches following Katrina. IFCO partnered with New Orleans-based Beacon of Hope Resource Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding communities and empowering residents to find their way back home.

“We were happy to be able to provide a significant economic boost to New Orleans by hosting our annual management meeting there for the first time,” said Dave Russell, president of IFCO North America. “However, we wanted to take it a step further by engaging our hearts and our hands in the city, as well.”

“IFCO’s service center in nearby Hammond was damaged in Katrina, and we heard first-hand many of the stories of courage and sacrifice. We appreciate the opportunity to play a role in the revitalization of Gentilly,” said Russell. The population has slowly returned to rebuild the community, aided by organizations such as Beacon of Hope. Most homes have required major gutting and repair work.

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.

 

Food Bank goes green – 3,500 reusable containers for the “Berliner Tafel”

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IFCO launches new WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative at FRUIT LOGISTICA. Supporting Food Banks is a key aspect of the project.

Berlin/Pullach, Germany, 4 February 2010 – IFCO is launching its new WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative at Fruit Logistica 2010. Within the framework of this project, the company is planning to start its social involvement by supporting the Food Banks worldwide.

There are more than 850 Food Banks in Germany alone. Each day, over 40,000 volunteers working at more than 2,000 distribution points throughout the country distribute donated food to over one million needy human beings. This food, which is mainly provided by retailers, must be securely and conveniently packed, collected, sorted according to quality criteria, prepared for the distribution points and transported.

IFCO will support the logistical process with its expertise in the field of reusable packaging and logistics. The company is supplying its green, environment-friendly reusable containers and also arranging co-financing of delivery vehicles from Daimler AG. The IFCO WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative provides the framework for the wide-ranging support of the Food Banks.

The project was launched at Fruit Logistica: With the symbolic handover of a 'green box' to Sabine Werth, President of the Berliner Tafel eV (the Food Bank in Berlin, Germany), at the IFCO exhibition stand, CEO Karl Pohler agreed to donate 3,500 reusable containers to the Berlin Food Bank. The new containers will be used to collect some 150 tons of fresh produce used for decorative purposes at Fruit Logistica.

The presentation at the trade show also recognizes Berlin's trade show authority for its commitment to the Food Bank in Berlin over the years and for allowing the “Berliner Tafel” to collect the fresh produce from Fruit Logistica. The IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPC) replace 3,500 non-returnable cartons that had to be collected and stored by the Food Bank to handle such large quantities of fresh produce. This not only solved the problems involved with storage capacity, it also eliminated the need to dispose of empty cardboard boxes. "The problems of storage and disposal are exactly what we want to eliminate with our long-term commitment to the Food Banks," explained Karl Pohler. "Our reusable containers are not only returnable, they can also be recycled if they become damaged. In addition to the practical advantages in terms of storage and transport, they are unbeatable when it comes to the environmental aspects."

The support of the Berlin Food Bank is just the beginning for IFCO. Later in the project, the long-term deployment of RPCs for Food Banks will be tested by the “Berliner Tafel” and implemented for other Food Banks. IFCO is also planning to support the Food Banks in Germany by helping them purchase refrigerated trucks. In this respect, IFCO is working with the Food Bank sponsoring program of Mercedes-Benz and counting on Daimler AG as a partner for WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY.

"With IFCO support, the Food Banks can optimize their food transport operations. 60% of the donated goods are fresh fruit and vegetables. This makes it especially important for us to distribute these perishables to the needy as quickly as possible to ensure freshness and quality. In this respect, the refrigerated vehicles and reusable containers from IFCO are indispensable," said Sabine Werth thanking IFCO for the initiative.

Gerd Häuser, Chairman of the Federal Association of German Food Banks, the organization with which IFCO signed the framework agreement, welcomed the IFCO commitment. "This is a chance for the Food Banks to significantly lower the costs of packaging, storage and disposal. At the same time, it helps them optimize food hygiene and environmental protection. Here at the trade show, the use of the 'green boxes' helped Berliner Tafel reduce their CO2 emissions by 53%."

 

IFCO supports Food Bank with reusable containers

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The 150 reusable 'green boxes' provided by IFCO to the “Nienburger Tafel” – a Food Bank in Germany – will be used to transport food from the GastroTrends 2010 trade show.

Hanover/Pullach, Germany, 24 February 2010 – A very generous donation presents a major logistical challenge for the Food Bank in Nienburg. And this is where the support from IFCO is especially useful. The company provided 150 reusable plastic containers (RPC) needed to transport food from the GastroTrends 2010 trade show and redistribute it to the needy. IFCOs 'green boxes' are not only easy to handle, they also meet the highest food hygiene standards. By supporting the “Nienburger Tafel”, IFCO is continuing to develop its nationwide environmental initiative WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY.

IFCO CEO Karl Pohler describes the action: "This is a wonderful opportunity to support the work of the Food Bank with our logistical expertise in reusable containers and at the same time, fulfill our responsibility as a company."

Within the framework of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative, IFCO signed a cooperative agreement in December 2009 with the federal association of Food Banks in Germany. The company pledged support for the Food Banks across Germany by providing reusable containers along with co-financing for delivery vehicles.

Nienburger Tafel President Beate Kiehl praises the benefits of IFCO reusable containers. "The practical 'green boxes' provided by IFCO not only reduce the logistical burden on the Food Bank. They also help us support environmental protection. With the reusable plastic containers provided by IFCO for the trade show project, we no longer have to worry about the disposal of non-returnable cardboard or wood packaging."

Like every year, more than over 200 exhibitors at Gastro Trends 2010 brought a large amount of fruit and vegetables to be used for decorative and product information purposes. These exhibitors agreed to donate this food afterwards to the Nienburger Tafel. Volunteers use the IFCO 'green boxes' to collect the fresh produce at the end of the trade show and distribute it through the Food Bank to needy people in the region.

 
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