TAMPA, Fla. — IFCO SYSTEMS has opened its newest reusable plastic container (RPC) Service Center in Fresno, California. The 200,000 square foot facility is equipped to wash, sanitize, and dry more than 95,000 RPCs per day, and ship and receive approximately 120 truckloads of RPCs for IFCO’s grocery retail partners and grower shipper customers weekly. IFCO’s Fresno service center currently has more than 80 employees and is designed to allow expansion as for IFCO RPCs continues to grow.
“We are pleased to open our most advanced facility to date in Fresno, complete with the latest food safety systems and sustainable operations. Our growth during the past few years has demanded the expansion of our service center network so our grower and retailer partners have all the safe and clean RPCs they need to serve their customers,” said Dan Walsh, President of IFCO North America.
The new facility is IFCO’s sixth U.S. service center, extending the company’s network in North America in support of the continued expansion of RPC use by leading grocery retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. IFCO’s other service centers are located in San Antonio, TX; Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Atlanta; Portland, OR and Chicago.
IFCO owns and operates 49 service centers in 19 countries. All IFCO service centers adhere to the company’s strict global standards for processes and equipment, including the industry’s highest food safety and quality assurance protocols, and employ a variety of measures to reduce environmental impact. For more information and a video tour of IFCO’s RPC service centers and wash process, please visit www.rpcresource.com.
With more than 200 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) in circulationin 33 countries, IFCO is the leading provider of reusable containers to the fresh food sector worldwide.IFCO handles more than 1 billion RPC transfers each year, transporting the containers to fresh produce growers and other users and collecting them from retail distribution centers. After each use, IFCO RPCs are folded, collected and shipped to one of IFCO’s 48 service facilities, where they are sanitized using the latest food safety processes and prepared for re-use. IFCO launched its first RPCs pool in 1992 and continues to expand into new markets and with new product innovations. IFCO is part of Brambles Limited.
WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY is an IFCO initiative under which the Company continues to assume its social and environmental responsibilities. IFCO supports Food Banks worldwide in their noble effort to provide food to the needy through the provision of reusable containers and by co-financing delivery vehicles. More than 120,000 IFCO RPCs have been donated to date and 40 delivery vehicles are being co-sponsored. IFCO environmental commitment includes minimizingthe impact on the environment through continuous improvement, providing efficient, safe and sustainable solutions in customer supply chains and contributing positively to all communities.