CHEP Plants Productivity and Sustainability Seeds at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Orlando – June 7, 2010 – CHEP, the world’s leading pallet and container pooling company, has expanded its commercial relationship with The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care.

ScottsMiracle-Gro, based in Marysville, OH, is now shipping its Scotts® and Miracle-Gro® growing media, Nature Scapes® mulch and Songbird Selections® wild bird food to home centers, mass market retailers, supermarkets and wholesale clubs across the USA, Canada and Mexico on CHEP pallets.

ScottsMiracle-Gro previously used limited-use white wood pallets, but found the platforms costly and inconsistent. The company also wanted to improve customer service to its retailers.

Mark West, Vice President of Operations, Growing Media, at ScottsMiracle-Gro, said; “The CHEP pallet is more durable than the alternatives, flows through the systems in our plants more efficiently and holds up better at our retail partners’ stores. CHEP also delivers great value with its products and services, and provides an environmental solution that works well for us.”

CHEP pallets also help companies reduce their carbon footprint. Based on third-party life-cycle inventory analysis findings, it is expected that a company like ScottsMiracle-Gro, through its use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to limited-use white wood pallets, could reduce solid waste generation by more than 2.5 million pounds each year, eliminating nearly 2 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and saving enough energy to power 1,400 homes with electricity for a year.*

Tim Smith, Vice President of Business Development at CHEP USA, said; “ScottsMiracle-Gro is one of the most advanced lawn and garden product suppliers in the world. It continues to demonstrate meticulous controls within its supply chain, which is one of the most important aspects of a pooling or any business model. CHEP is pleased to play a role in ScottsMiracle-Gro’s sophisticated distribution process and global reach, and to be helping the company operate in a more sustainable way.”

*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.


About CHEP
CHEP is the global leader in pallet and container pooling services, serving many of the world’s largest companies. The company has more than 7,500 employees and operates in 46 countries. Combining superior technology and an asset base of more than 300 million pallets and containers, CHEP offers its customers exceptional value, a platform that enables reduction in customer product damage and an environmentally sustainable logistical solution. Supply chains served include consumer goods, produce, beverage and the automotive industry. With global partners that include Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Nestlé, Ford and GM, CHEP is known for Handling the World’s Most Important Products. Everyday.

About ScottsMiracle-Gro

With nearly $3 billion in worldwide sales and more than 8,000 associates, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Scotts Company LLC, is the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care, with products for professional horticulture as well. The Company’s brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company’s Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto.  In the U.S. the Company operates Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business. In Europe, the Company’s brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligene® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scotts.com <http://www.scotts.com/> .

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