CHEP helps firm save money, environment

Sept. 1, 2008
Naturipe Berry Growers announced it is seeing significant benefits from the CHEP pallet pool and will continue to ship on platforms from the equipment

Naturipe Berry Growers announced it is seeing significant benefits from the CHEP pallet pool and will continue to ship on platforms from the equipment pooling company.

The company transports Naturipe-branded strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries from growing and distribution facilities in Irvine, Oxnard, Salinas, Watsonville, and Santa Maria CA on CHEP pallets.

Naturipe previously used one-way pallets, but determined that this system was needlessly expensive, did not meet customer requirements, and was not environmentally friendly.

Based on third-party Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis findings, Naturipe is reducing solid waste generation by more than 1.4 million pounds per year — the equivalent of about 63 dump trucks of waste — as a result of using the CHEP program as opposed to one-way wood pallets. The company is also reducing energy usage enough to power 117 homes with electricity for a year, and is contributing a 58% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions-greenhouse gas.

Access www.chep.com for further information.

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