Eclipse Berry Farms Harvests Customer Service, Environmental Benefits with CHEP

Eclipse Berry Farms, LLC, a leading grower of berries and grape tomatoes based in Los Angeles, California, has signed a new pallet contract with CHEP. Eclipse Berry Farms transports branded strawberries, raspberries and tomatoes from its fields in Oxnard, Watsonville and Salinas, CA to supermarkets, club stores, wholesalers and foodservice distributors throughout the USA and Canada on CHEP pallets.

Since switching to CHEP in 2003, the produce marketer has found that the CHEP pallet pooling program has led to improved safety outcomes and reduced product damage, allowing it to serve its customers better.

Rick Hearst of Eclipse Berry Farms, said: “CHEP provides a comprehensive solution that has been tested in the field for years, so we know it is going to meet or exceed all of our shipping platform requirements. They are also helping us dramatically reduce product damage and supporting our efforts to make the product handling process as safe as possible for all involved.”

Mr Hearst said the CHEP program was also environmentally sustainable, an increasingly important factor to Eclipse Berry and its customers. Based on third-party life-cycle inventory analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to limited-use white wood pallets, each year Eclipse Berry Farms is reducing solid waste generation by more than 33,000 pounds, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by about 25,000 pounds and saving enough energy to power 20 homes with electricity.*

*Savings based on Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of CHEP USA pallet pooling program conducted by Franklin Associates. The calculation is based on Franklin Associates, “Solid Waste Analysis And Life Cycle Inventory Of Pallet Systems,” 2009 Update.

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