IFCO Supports New Year-Round Campaign Committed to Ending Hunger in America

Leading Provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) Partnering with the Growing Forward™ with Feeding America® Campaign

IFCO has announced its support for the Growing Forward™ with Feeding America® campaign, which launched at the beginning of the year. Growing Forward is a year-round cause marketing campaign committed to help end hunger in America through donations of fresh fruits and vegetables to local Feeding America food banks nationwide. This cause is particularly important to IFCO, which supports food banks around the world through ongoing donations of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) as well as financial support.

As part of IFCO’s commitment to the Growing Forward campaign, the company will donate 10,000 RPCs this year alone to various Feeding America member food banks. The donation of RPCs provide food banks with the necessary tools to sustain a consistent, safe supply of fresh produce while ensuring that the fruits and vegetables distributed among the Feeding America network are received in the best quality possible.

“IFCO is heavily involved with food banks around the world, donating RPCs to help protect the fresh foods donated by our supplier partners and others. We currently donate RPCs on the local level in North America, but the Growing Forward campaign offers our company an opportunity to focus and expand our efforts,” said Daniel Walsh, President of IFCO North America.

The partnership will be announced this month at an annual IFCO function in southern California. Melissa McDill, Campaign Coordinator for Growing Forward, will be in attendance to speak more on the cause. “IFCO is a leader in our industry and we’re excited to be working together in the fight against hunger.”

For more information on the Growing Forward™ with Feeding America® campaign, including how to get involved, please visit the trade-focused site www.JoinGrowingForward.com <http://www.joingrowingforward.com/> , as well as the new consumer-facing site, www.WeAreGrowingForward.com <http://www.wearegrowingforward.com/>

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 150,000 IFCO RPCs have been donated to date and 43 delivery vehicles are being co-sponsored. IFCO environmental commitment includes minimizing the impact on the environment through continuous improvement, providing efficient, safe and sustainable solutions in customer supply chains and contributing positively to all communities.

With more than 200 million Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) in circulation in 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 49 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.