PPS East Receives Boost from Local Funding, Euro Pool System Names New CEO

PPS East ReusableTwo grants totalling £260,000 from the Regional Growth Fund look set to help a local UK company grow and develop its business.

That enterprise is PPS East, formerly TFA Box Company,  established in Grimsby nearly 30 years ago. The company services the local fishing industry, providing returnable plastic crates, bins and boxes to hold fish both on ships and on shore.

Traditionally, customers would have more than likely used ‘one-trip’ expanded polystyrene boxes which are not only high in purchase price, but also contribute to carbon emissions and packaging waste.

PPS East collects the plastic crates, bins and boxes from the customer’s premises, hygienically washes them and stores them for re-use, allowing seafood customers to get their product from sea to plate with reduced costs, lower carbon emissions and no packaging waste.

A research and development grant of £140,000 from the Regional Growth Fund is helping to develop smaller 3kg and 5kg re-useable boxes for use by local companies who supply, process and retail fish fillets. PPS East are starting the initial designs of the small boxes, and the money from Regional Growth Fund will fund the tooling for box production and help support this £200,000 research and development programme to trial the new boxes within the seafood industry.

The company is also planning to expand its core business to include other food sectors in Lincolnshire, providing storage solutions for produce from field to factory and from factory to retail store. The second Regional Growth Fund grant of £120,000 will form part of a £400,000 project to purchase a new crate and pallet washer for agricultural produce, which together with the purchase of a pool of new plastic crates, will allow the new service to be launched.

Through both of these exciting projects, an additional 12 jobs will be created at the company over the next three years, with five in the new agricultural crate servicing area, and seven research and development jobs. A further two jobs will be safeguarded.

Kate Williamson, Business Development at PPS East said, “These are very important grants for us, which will help us to expand and grow our business in different sectors. The service PPS East is now able to provide has relieved each individual local processing company from having to make their own major investment in a pool of crates/boxes, storage, managing and maintaining the hygienic standard of its own pool of products. PPS East Ltd are delivering financial and environmental benefits to food processors and hence, to the North East Lincolnshire region in general.”

David Moore, Assistant Director, Economy at North East Lincolnshire Council, said, “We are very pleased to be able to support this company through the RGF grant. The company has been a mainstay of Grimsby for nearly thirty years, and we are delighted to be able to support its growth. The beauty about this service is it will reduce the financial burden for many local producers, in terms of storage needs and transportation costs, so the local economy as a whole will benefit. I wish the company well in its future growth.”

 

Gerjo Scheringa Announced as New CEO of Euro Pool System 

Gerjo Scheringa

Gerjo Scheringa

Effective August 1, 2014, Gerjo Scheringa (47) has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Euro Pool System International B.V..

Gerjo Scheringa will succeed Folkert Mulder who has filled in the position of Chief Executive Officer on an ad interim basis since September 2013.

Gerjo Scheringa has served since May 2012 as Managing Director Zon Fruit & Vegetables, one of the indirect shareholders of Euro Pool System. Since 1 June 2012 Gerjo Scheringa is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Euro Pool System. He previously gained a vast experience in various companies, including through Senior Management positions within FrieslandCampina in the Netherlands, Africa and the Middle East.

“In view of the extensive experience of Gerjo Scheringa in the Fruit & Vegetable business, his experience as a Supervisory Board member of Euro Pool System and his track record in FMCG business it was decided to appoint him as CEO,” explains Klaus Lutz, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “We are pleased with this appointment and wish Gerjo and his team success in the pursuance of further growth of Euro Pool System’s business”.

The Supervisory Board of Euro Pool System International B.V. wishes to thank Folkert Mulder for his continued energetic engagement and commitment towards the Euro Pool System Group in the past year.

 

 

Two grants totalling £260,000 from the Regional Growth Fund look set to help a local company grow and develop its business.

PPS East, formerly TFA Box Company, was established in Grimsby nearly 30 years ago. The company services the local fishing industry, providing returnable plastic crates, bins and boxes to hold fish both on ships and on shore.

Traditionally, customers would have more than likely used ‘one-trip’ expanded polystyrene boxes which are not only high in purchase price, but also contribute to carbon emissions and packaging waste.

PPS East collects the plastic crates, bins and boxes from the customer’s premises, hygienically washes them and stores them for re-use, allowing seafood customers to get their product from sea to plate with reduced costs, lower carbon emissions and no packaging waste.

A research and development grant of £140,000 from the Regional Growth Fund is helping to develop smaller 3kg and 5kg re-useable boxes for use by local companies who supply, process and retail fish fillets. PPS East are starting the initial designs of the small boxes, and the money from Regional Growth Fund will fund the tooling for box production and help support this £200,000 research and development programme to trial the new boxes within the seafood industry.

The company is also planning to expand its core business to include other food sectors in Lincolnshire, providing storage solutions for produce from field to factory and from factory to retail store. The second Regional Growth Fund grant of £120,000 will form part of a £400,000 project to purchase a new crate and pallet washer for agricultural produce, which together with the purchase of a pool of new plastic crates, will allow the new service to be launched.

Through both of these exciting projects, an additional 12 jobs will be created at the company over the next three years, with five in the new agricultural crate servicing area, and seven research and development jobs. A further two jobs will be safeguarded.

Kate Williamson, Business Development at PPS East said, “These are very important grants for us, which will help us to expand and grow our business in different sectors. The service PPS East is now able to provide has relieved each individual local processing company from having to make their own major investment in a pool of crates/boxes, storage, managing and maintaining the hygienic standard of its own pool of products. PPS East Ltd are delivering financial and environmental benefits to food processors and hence, to the North East Lincolnshire region in general.”

David Moore, Assistant Director, Economy at North East Lincolnshire Council, said, “We are very pleased to be able to support this company through the RGF grant. The company has been a mainstay of Grimsby for nearly thirty years, and we are delighted to be able to support its growth. The beauty about this service is it will reduce the financial burden for many local producers, in terms of storage needs and transportation costs, so the local economy as a whole will benefit. I wish the company well in its future growth.”
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