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Svenska ReturSystem Case Study: Sweden Standardizes on Reusable Packaging for Grocery Industry

Almost every perishable product for every grocery chain in Sweden is delivered in one of six standardized reusable crates on a reusable plastic pallet. The supply chain includes the majority of Swedish food manufacturers and about 200 additional food manufacturers throughout Europe that export their goods to the Swedish trade. Since the program’s inception in 2001, nearly 1 billion crates have been delivered, replacing the same number of single use packaging. Svenska Retursystem created and operates the pooling system.

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