The international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables expands its support of the Tafel, the German Food Banks as part of their WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative. Today at Fruit Logistica, Karl Pohler, the CEO of IFCO, symbolically presented Sabine Werth, the chairperson of the Berliner Tafel, with the keys to three refrigerated vans. In the presence of Ilse Aigner, the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the BerlinerTafel also received 3,000 reusable containers for us in transporting the fresh produce displayed at the fair to Berlin’s needy.
Under WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY, IFCO furthers the changeover to reusable transport solutions and thus helps the Tafel to reduce its waste disposal costs. Further, In comparison to conventional corrugated packaging, IFCO’s reusable ‘green crates’ have considerable environmental advantages including reducing CO2 emissions by as much as 53% and ozone depletion by as much as 38%.
“We are most pleased to have a found in IFCO a long-term supporter of Der Tafel whose ‘green crates’ help us make an important contribution to environmental protection”, said Sabine Werth, the founder of the German Food Bank movement. IFCO has thus far equipped Food Banks in Germany, the UK, Brazil and Argentina with over 14, 000 environmentally friendly reusable containers and in the USA provides them for the transport of fruit and vegetables direct from growers to the tables of the needy.
“For us, sustainable social responsibility as part the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative is a matter of great concern. We will continue to support the Tafel with gratis reusable containers and the co-financing of transport vehicles in the coming years” said Karl Pohler. “The job of the Food Banks — logistically optimized transport from producer to end-user — is the same as our original business field. IFCO and the Tafel are perfect partners.”