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Fruit and vegetables: Ifco rewards the commitment to sustainability

Certification awarded for the fourth consecutive year

Ifco, a company engaged worldwide in the supply of reusable plastic packaging for fresh food (Rpc), has awarded distributors and producers of fruit and vegetables in Europe and North America for the fourth consecutive year with its sustainability certification. Attention to issues such as environmental protection has increased significantly in recent years and as a result consumers are particularly interested in sustainable products and business practices. This represents an excellent opportunity for manufacturers and retailers to differentiate themselves from their competitors and strengthen the loyalty of their customers. The sustainability certificate, launched for the first time in September 2018, was created with the intention of enhancing and rewarding the commitment to sustainability, which today more than ever represents a key factor for shareholders as well.

“Many retailers and manufacturers are working hard to make their supply chains more sustainable and therefore reduce their environmental impact. This commitment must be rewarded and it is precisely with this objective that Ifco awards them its own sustainability certificate", comments Michael Pooley, CEO of Ifco System. The certificate should be to highlight the savings in terms of CO 2 emission, water, energy and reduction of solid waste and food waste obtained thanks to the use of Rpc. These calculations are based on the company's estimate of energy efficiency and resources. Since the launch of this award, savings of 17% to 20% have been recorded in terms of energy, water and Co 2 emissions, as well as a significant reduction in waste.

The company is committed to monitoring the benefits generated by its business model, SmartCycle which is based on the “share and reuse” concept and which helps reduce the environmental impact of companies' supply chains. The Rpc are reused from 30 to 120 times and are also subjected, at the end of each use, to rigorous cleaning processes and strict controls before being re-introduced into the supply chain. The damaged ones that cannot be repaired are 100% recycled and used for the production of new Rpc. Several studies have shown that the use of Rpc leads to significant savings in terms of Co 2 (up to 60%), energy (64%), water (80%), solid waste (up to 86%) and reduction of damage to food products (up to 96% less), when compared with disposable packaging.

In Europe and North America, Ifco's activities resulted in the following savings in 2020: 551,237 tons of Co 2 ; 9.9 million cubic meters of water; 35,413 terajoules of electricity; 283,691 tons of solid waste; 50,466 tons of food waste.

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