TORONTO-March 7, 2019 - Farmers' Fresh Mushrooms, based in Fraser Valley, British Columbia, grows and harvests 30 million pounds of mushrooms every year, making it one of the largest mushroom producers in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. To efficiently provide fast, fresh delivery to retail and wholesale customers in the food industry, Farmers' Fresh is converting 40,000 whitewood pallets to CHEP's pooled 48x40 pallets.
"CHEP's circular solution drives sustainability and efficiencies into our supply chain," says Kelly Le, General Manager, Farmers' Fresh. "We're also seeing operational benefits throughout the supply chain. It's important to minimize touches with mushrooms. With CHEP pallets, we don't have to re-palletize at our facilities, there's less damage during transit, and it's easy for retailers to set up displays and handle replenishment."
The move expands a decade-long partnership: Farmers' Fresh had been using, on average, 5,000 CHEP pallets each year. Under the new agreement for 40,000 CHEP pallets, Farmers' Fresh will realize eight years of sustainability savings in one year, with an expected annual reduction of 22,540 pounds of solid waste1 and 17,008 pounds of CO2e1, the equivalent of eliminating 28,641 kilometers (17,797 miles)2 driven by an average passenger vehicle in one year!
CHEP's share and reuse business model is inherently sustainable. It supports global moves toward a circular economy and addresses societal expectations for businesses to reduce their environmental impact.
"The circular business model defines not just how we do things but who we are," says Paola Floris, Vice President and General Manager, CHEP Canada. "Customers use CHEP pallets over and over again, and the scale and density of our network means we can be faster and more responsive to their specific needs. We are excited about our expanded collaboration with Farmers' Fresh, and look forward to helping them continue to grow."
1 - Greenhouse gases, solid waste results specific to CHEP North America pooled pallets, based on Franklin Associates, 2009 LCI report, independently peer-reviewed, ISO4040 compliant. Additional environmental conversions metrics are based on the U.S. EPA and U.S. EIA.
2 - Based on 2009 LCA, the equivalent for miles per pound of CO2 saved is 1.04639168. 17,008 pounds of CO2 saved X 1.04639168 = 17,797 miles saved for an average passenger car. Converted to metric for Canada is 28,641 Kilometers.
About Farmers' Fresh Mushrooms
Located in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia, Canada, Farmers' Fresh Mushrooms is one of the largest mushroom producers in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Farmers' Fresh produces a wide range of conventional and specialty mushrooms for the North American retail and wholesale food industry. Products are sold under the Farmers' Fresh brand or custom packaged for private labels. For more information, visit www.farmersfresh.com
CHEP helps move more goods to more people, in more places than any other organization on earth. Its pallets, crates and containers form the invisible backbone of the global supply chain and the world's biggest brands trust us to help them transport their goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers of the sharing economy, CHEP created one of the world's most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of its platforms under a model known as 'pooling'. CHEP primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries. CHEP employs approximately 11,000 people and owns approximately 300 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centers, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points for global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kellogg's and Nestlé. CHEP is part of the Brambles Group and operates in more than 55 countries with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe.
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