Leading Logistics Platform Provider Joins Fight Against Food Waste

DETROIT, USA – Leading pallet and Reusable Plastic Container (RPC) management provider IFCO has announced that they are partnering up with Forgotten Harvest, an organization that relieves hunger in the Detroit metropolitan community by rescuing surplus, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers. The agreement will see IFCO providing Forgotten Harvest food rescue with RPCs from their freight platform pooling business to use in the charity’s delivery system.

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. By collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from more than 450 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources.

This donated food, which amounted to over 10,000 metric tonnes in 2010 alone, is delivered free-of-charge to over 200 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area. Forgotten Harvest is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

“Using IFCO RPCs will make a huge difference in the effort to feed local communities,“ said Ms. Goodell, President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest.

“IFCO’s RPCs represent exactly the type of partnership we thrive on. By replacing corrugate boxes with RPCs, we will be able to provide better produce to our clients, improve our distribution, and reduce waste in the process,“ she added.

IFCO currently has over 125 million containers in circulation worldwide with which the company handles all container logistics, from manufacturing to cleaning to re-entry into the supply chain. After retail use, IFCO RPCs are folded, collected, and shipped back to service facilities, where they are sanitized and prepared for re-use.

Fred Heptinstall, President and General Manager of IFCO RPC Management Services in North America said that: “IFCO is very proud of this new partnership with Forgotten Harvest and our commitment to supporting this and other food banks throughout the world.”