TAMPA, FL — Take a million metric tonnes of solid waste and look for some place to put it. That’s more than 100,000 dump truck loads and you have to find a suitable place to dispose of it all.
Oh wait — no you don’t. IFCO did it for you.
That’s a small part of the environmental impact the global leader in reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods has had on the world in the past quarter century. All the more reason to celebrate, which the company has been doing since the calendar turning to 2017, its silver anniversary year.
IFCO recently held its annual meeting in Tampa, FL, home to its North American headquarters. SPW sat down with Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Orgeldinger for a chat about the company’s past, present and future, and its contributions to the environment and economy.
Since its founding in 1992, IFCO has:
–Eliminated 3.4 billion kg of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of removing nearly 500,000 cars from the roads
–Prevented more than 951,000 metric tonnes of solid waste, enough to fill approximately 104,000 dump trucks
— Reduced water consumption by 43 billion litres (11 billion gallons)
— Saved 317,982 metric tonnes of produce from damage and waste
“Our customers’ use of IFCO’s shared and reusable assets has been driving supply chains toward a global circular economy and advancing ‘zero-waste’ goals for 25 years,’” says Orgeldinger. “We are proud to work with our retailer and grower partners to improve the sustainability of the fresh food supply chain, and to nourish and improve the lives of people around the world.”
IFCO has celebrated the 25th anniversary of the company’s founding in 2017 with a series of announcements, events and a donation of 25,000 € (about $30,000) to food banks across Europe and North America.
Since joining the Brambles family of companies in 2011, IFCO has continued to expand into new geographies and new product categories, while also growing its core business with the world’s leading retailers. Today, more than 1.4 billion shipments of fresh goods – including produce, meat, eggs, bread, seafood, dairy and other fresh items – arrive at grocery stores around the world in IFCO reusable plastic containers every year.
With customers in 50+ countries spanning six continents, a pool of more than 270 million containers, IFCO has established itself as the global leader in reusable packaging systems for fresh foods. Fiscal year 2016 annual revenue of $992 million represented 16% growth over the prior year.
“If all points along the fresh food value chain come together to consistently operate in the most sustainable way possible,” Orgeldinger says, “future generations will thank us for passing on to them a better world than the one we inherited.”