Lidl UK Looks to IFCO for RPCs for Fresh Meat, Poultry and Packaged Seafood

UK grocery retailer anticipates 16 million RPC trips in the first year with future increases, successfully implementing just 10 weeks after first tender discussion.

IFCO, a leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions for fresh foods, is pleased to announce they have signed an agreement with Lidl UK for the supply of IFCO’s nesting trays for the shipment of Lidl’s fresh meat, poultry, and packaged seafood. Under the agreement, IFCO will supply Lidl with circa 16 million trays in the first year and increase the number of trays supplied steadily each year thereafter.

“At Lidl, we continuously seek opportunities to improve our supply chain and have determined using a large, open pool of trays for all of our meat and poultry lines would drive benefits both internally and to our suppliers,” said Matthew Wallis, Lidl Logistics Manager. “After a rigorous tender process, we selected IFCO because of their demonstrated speed and scalability to support our growth.”

Lidl and IFCO worked closely together to ensure a smooth and rapid transition to IFCO trays, successfully implementing the program just 10 weeks after the first tender discussion.

“IFCO is delighted to offer our scale and solutions to support leading grocery retailers like Lidl,” said Wolfgang Orgeldinger, Chief Executive Officer of IFCO. “By utilizing pooled, reusable trays for meat, poultry, and seafood, both Lidl and their suppliers can reap the benefits of a hygienic, environmentally-friendly, and cost-efficient fresh supply chain.”