Dorn Wenninger, vice president of produce for Walmart US and Daniel Walsh, president of IFCO North America, announced jointly that the two companies have executed an agreement stating IFCO will provide Walmart US with a new generation of wood grain reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for wet and dry produce. The new wood grain RPC will provide superior merchandising opportunities for Walmart with its natural wood grain look, combined with exceptional features such as supply chain efficiency, excellent stability and cooling functionality, and delivering superior quality produce.
“This agreement expands IFCO’s long and successful partnership with Walmart that began in 2000,” said Walsh. “IFCO is committed to deploying our logistics expertise, production capacity, and global infrastructure in service to our retail partners. We are pleased Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has once again turned to IFCO, the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions to ensure the successful implementation of its RPC program.”
“IFCO is one of Walmart’s most important partners and is a natural fit to help us meet our ambitious fresh produce goals in 2015 and beyond,” said Wenninger. “No other RPC company can match IFCO’s scale and experience, and we look forward to working together to enhance the in-store experience for Walmart shoppers.”
Under the agreement, IFCO’s Wood Grain RPCs will initially be used to pack and ship dry produce, including apples, potatoes, onions and citrus items.
IFCO RPCs are more efficient, protect and cool product better and are more environmentally sustainable than one-way packaging. They also transition easily from transportation to in-store displays. IFCO uses state-of-the-art, globally standardized sanitation processes, equipment, and detergents in our RPC wash process, and collaborates with suppliers to develop efficient and effective technical solutions. As an example, IFCO’s detergent and disinfectant supplier, Sealed Air, guarantees the cleanliness of IFCO RPCs washed using its Diversey™ products. IFCO is committed to state-of-the-art cleaning and sanitation 365 days a year.
“Because of its market-leader status and operating depth, IFCO is best positioned to supply Walmart and other retailers with the quantity and quality of RPCs they need for 2016 and beyond. No other supplier can match IFCO’s scope, nor it’s manufacturing and wash capacity,” concluded Walsh.