IFCO, provider of reusable packaging solutions, announced the company’s new wood grain reusable plastic containers (RPCs) have entered the produce supply chain, and the first of an anticipated 30 million wood grain RPCs have been shipped to fresh produce growers as partial fulfillment of an agreement reached between IFCO and Walmart.
Kings River Packaging of Sanger CA was the first Walmart supplier to receive IFCO wood grain RPCs.
“We were delighted to be the first Walmart supplier to receive wood grain RPCs,” said David Hines, president of Kings River. “These RPCs represent everything we’ve come to know and appreciate about IFCO RPC quality. The IFCO wood grain RPC features of additional vertical ribbing and enhanced latching are first-rate, and detailed wood grain texture really looks great.”
In October 2015, IFCO and Walmart announced IFCO will supply the world’s largest retailer with newly designed wood grain RPCs for its wet and dry produce, initially including apples, potatoes, onions, and citrus items.
IFCO has invested millions of dollars in the development of its wood grain RPCs. They have undergone extensive, months-long real-world and laboratory testing to verify functionality and product protection capabilities. They were designed to Walmart specifications and incorporated feedback received from the grower community.
These RPCs are more efficient, protect and cool product better, and are more environmentally sustainable than one-way packaging.
In the United States, IFCO’s wood grain RPCs are 100% sourced and manufactured in America and meet the Federal Trade Commission’s standard for its “Made in the USA” country of origin label. In addition, these RPCs are cleaned and sanitized at one of six US service centers throughout their life cycle.
See www.ifco.com for further information.