Pallet pooling services from CHEP South Africa enhance effectiveness and help build regenerative supply chains.
JOHANNESBURG – Food and beverages group Clover has seen significant sustainability benefits from its partnership with CHEP, the global supply-chain solutions company, using its circular-economy business model to minimize environmental impact.
CHEP South Africa has presented Clover with an Environmental Certificate for Excellence in sustainability, recognizing that Clover has reduced its CO2 emissions by 56%, its wood usage by 71%, and its waste by 59% by using CHEP’s share-and-reuse pooling services. This is equivalent to saving 2 666 trees in one year, 17 truck trips around the world, and 69 truckloads of waste.
“We have seen major advantages since partnering with CHEP,” said Clover’s General Manager: Distribution, Tony Roderigues. “Compared to single-use pallets of non-standard sizes and quality, CHEP’s pallets and platforms have improved efficiency for us, and they give us the reassurance that we’re minimizing the environmental impact of our operations.”
“CHEP pallets allow for reduced product damage, faster receiving times, fewer empty transit miles, and reduced pallet repair costs,” he added. “Our customers appreciate our efforts to promote sustainability, and CHEP’s supply-chain expertise helps us improve efficiency throughout our supply chain.”
The partnership aligns with CHEP’s 2025 Sustainability Targets, working to build regenerative supply chains that put back into the environment more resources than they take out – in ways that are positive for business, for communities, and for the planet.
Clover has a long history in South Africa, stretching back to 1898, with a vision to be a leading branded foods and beverages group in South Africa and selected African countries, and to provide accessible nutrition to all consumers.
CHEP is a pioneer of the circular economy, managing, maintaining, transporting, and supplying more than 345 million pallets and containers for growers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers worldwide. Its platforms form the invisible backbone of global supply chains, while its share-and-reuse business model is intrinsically sustainable.
Celeste Enoch, Customer Relations Manager at CHEP South Africa, said that while CHEP’s model helped its partners to be more sustainable, it also made good business sense.
“We are proud to have developed strong relationships with partners like Clover to enable growth and competitiveness, as well as sustainability. We always try to collaborate with customers to improve their supply chains, reduce overall costs and improve operational efficiencies.”
 Environmental savings based on third-party independent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study according to ISO14044.