Okray Family Farms Stays with CHEP Pallet Pool Program

Okray Family Farms, Inc., a grower/shipper of potatoes, corn, snap beans, peas, cranberries and soy, today announced it has renewed its contract with CHEP, an industry leader in pallet and container pooling solutions. Okray Family Farms uses CHEP pallets to ship its OK brand and store-label produce from farms in central Wisconsin to supermarkets, wholesalers and foodservice distributors in the eastern USA.

Okray Family Farms has been using the CHEP pooling program since 2005, and has now switched all its volumes to CHEP from one-way pallets and another pallet pooling company because of availability and quality issues. The company has also experienced other benefits from the CHEP solution, including universal acceptance by customers and reduced product damage.

Richard Okray, Secretary/Treasurer of Okray Family Farms, said: “CHEP has always been reliable, which is critically important to us and our customers. CHEP pallets and the CHEP support team are always available when we need them.”

Okray said the family company was constantly striving to improve its environmental sustainability record, and that the CHEP program helped with efforts in this area. Based on third-party life-cycle inventory analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system, each year Okray Family Farms is reducing solid waste generation by about 8,400 lbs. The company is also decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 6,300 lbs. and saving more than 180 million BTUs of energy.*

CHEP USA Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer, Brian Malloy, said: “Okray Family Farms is a great example of a company that signed with CHEP for one reason, in this case improved supply and platform quality, and achieved those benefits plus more. CHEP constantly works to add even more value to the supply chains in which Okray and our partners operate, while acting as responsible stewards of the environment.”

*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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