U.S.: Pure Flavor hails success with IFCO's reusable containers
Canada-based produce company Pure Flavor says that its use of IFCO's reusable packaging containers has grown rapidly over six years, now covering numerous products including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplants.
The company said the use of IFCO's reusable plastic containers (RPCs) has had a positive impact on the business.
“IFCO is a valuable partner,” said operations manager Jason Veno.
“Not only do they provide us with ‘smart packaging’ that protects and cools our products extremely well, they maximize our operational efficiency by ensuring we have an adequate supply of RPCs year-round, even during peak growing seasons.
"That predictability means we can continue to serve our customers and their shoppers efficiently, effectively and on time."
IFCO now provides Pure Flavor with over one million RPCs annually. They are used to package fresh produce at locations in San Antonio, Texas, Romulus, Michigan, and Leamington, Ontario, and are then shipped to retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
“IFCO’s partnership with Pure Flavor® is based on thoughtful collaboration and the shared goal of providing consumers with a constant supply of high quality, safe, nutritious and affordable produce each- and every- day,” said IFCO North America president Daniel Walsh.
“Our RPCs are tailor-made for growers like Pure Flavor® that want the best possible efficiency and sustainability for their packaging, and we are proud to work side-by-side with such a visionary company.
"We are also proud of our presence and expansion in the Canadian marketplace, as well as the supporting infrastructure we have established there to better serve our many Canadian customers.”
IFCO and Pure Flavor have developed a forecasting model that tracks the company’s produce orders and growing seasons and ensures on-time delivery of the right number and type of RPCs throughout the year.
In addition, some RPCs are stored on-site, providing the Pure Flavor® operations group with greater flexibility to manage its product flow.