Tampa, Florida - December 20, 2017: The ten-year partnership between Wiers Farm, a family-owned produce farm in Willard, Ohio, and IFCO, the world's leading provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh food packaging, has delivered tangible economic and sustainability benefits while providing consumers with high quality, nutritious food.
"IFCO is a great partner that helps us meet our marketplace objectives," said Wiers Farm Partner, Ed Wiers. "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 Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) annually to package, ship, store and display a wide 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."
Throughout 2017, IFCO is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company's founding with a series of announcements, events and a donation of 25,000 € to food banks across Europe and North America. Since its founding, IFCO RPCs been use for 9.5 billion trips, generating $5.2 billion in customer savings, while reducing carbon emissions, water use and solid waste when compared to one-way packaging.
To learn more about Wiers Farm, view their video here. To learn more about IFCO, view their video here.
For more information, please contact:
DSM Strategic Communications
IFCO North America
IFCO is the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, serving customers in 50+ countries. IFCO operates a pool of over 270 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) globally, which are used for over 1.4 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, bread, and other items from suppliers to grocery retailers every year. IFCO RPCs ensure a better fresh food supply chain by protecting freshness and quality and lowering costs, food waste and environmental impact compared to single-use packaging. IFCO is a Brambles Company. For more information visit www.ifco.com.
Wiers Farm has been offering high quality produce since its founding in 1896 when Henry Wiers, an immigrant from the Netherlands planted 5 acres of celery in the fertile farmlands near Willard, Ohio. Today, Wiers Farm grows over 40 different vegetables in Ohio, Michigan, and Florida and continues to try new things, expand, and improve with each passing season. It is a vertically integrated operation, owning and operating its own greenhouses, land, packinghouse, and cooler space. Wiers Farm is a leader in food safety and traceability in the Midwest and is constantly seeking and implementing improvement in all aspects of its operation. http://www.wiersfarm.com/index.html
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