Roundup: IFCO North America: Deployment of SmartGuardian™ Technology, Sustainability Excellence Winners

New Monitoring Software at All IFCO NA Service Centers Speaks to Fundamental Commitment to Food Safety

IFCO North America has completed installation of IFCO SYSTEMS’ proprietary SmartGuardian monitoring technology in all six of its U.S. Reusable Plastic Container (RPC) service centers.  SmartGuardian is innovative new software that monitors and controls IFCO’s RPC cleaning and sanitation process to ensure it meets strict company and industry standards.

“IFCO RPCs have developed a well-deserved reputation for safety, efficiency and sustainability,” said Daniel Walsh, President of IFCO North America. “As the market leader in reusable fresh food packaging, we constantly strive to improve our products and services and SmartGuardian is the latest example of our commitment to that core principle.”

SmartGuardian has been installed at all six of IFCO’s U.S. RPC processing facilities:

  • McDonough, Georgia (August 2015)
  • San Antonio, Texas (December 2015)
  • Bolingbrook, Illinois (January 2016)
  • Rancho Cucamonga, California (January 2016)
  • Portland, Oregon (January 2016)
  • Fresno, California (February 2016)

Combined, the six processing facilities employ nearly 1,000 full time workers who are directly tasked with the cleaning, washing and sanitation of RPCs.

SmartGuardian technology helps ensure IFCO RPCs are processed according to company and industry food safety standards.  Water pressure and temperature, detergent and disinfectant concentrations and contact time are continually monitored via sensors to ensure each RPC is processed correctly. If any parameter is not in line with the specified value, the system automatically sends an alert or may stop the wash machine.

Each pallet of clean RPCs is then identified with a quality label identifying the wash location, wash machine, and the date and time the RPCs were washed. Lastly, as the pallets are loaded into trucks for distribution, the system tracks which customers are scheduled to receive the RPCs.

Forward-thinking North American growers and retailers utlize IFCO RPCs to get their products to market, and SmartGuardian is the latest in a long list of factors that make IFCO RPCs a wise choice for the packaging, transportation, storage and display of all categories of fresh food,” concluded Mr. Walsh.

Source: IFCO


McCormick & Company and Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients Receive First Place at Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

OpX Leadership Network Honors Consumer Packaged Goods Companies with Improved Performance in Sustainability

The OpX Leadership Network, convened by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies recognized top achievers during the second annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards. McCormick & Company and Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients received first place honors at the awards presentation on April 13, during Food Engineering’s Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo in Fort Myers, Florida.

The peer-reviewed awards, presented by the OpX Leadership Network, recognize facilities for projects or programs that improve sustainability efforts in food, beverage or consumer product manufacturing operations, focusing on pollution prevention, compliance assurance and environmental protection.

>The award winning companies’ diverse projects and programs include:
Projects Category
• First Place: McCormick & Company – Net Zero Energy Use
• Second Place: Smithfield Foods – Water Reuse

>• Third Place (tie): Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. – Wastewater Project, Clean Discharge

• Third Place (tie): Sunny Delight Beverages Co. – Power Quality and Conservation

Programs Category

• First Place: Olam Spices & Vegetable Ingredients – Water Use Reduction in Tomato Processing

• Second Place: Musco Family Olive Co. – Ethical Sourcing of Products

• Third Place (tie): Big Heart Pet Brands – Community Engagement

• Third Place (tie): Sunny Delight Beverages Co. – Packaging Materials Reduction

“We were thrilled to honor these companies and their dedication to innovation, quality and environmental sustainability,” said Steve Schlegel, co-managing director, OpX Leadership Network. “Their pursuits of sustainable manufacturing goals are inspiring and we look forward to seeing further improvements to sustainability in food, beverage and consumer products operations next year.”

The OpX Leadership Network was founded by PMMI in 2011 to ensure consumer packaged goods companies and original equipment manufacturers are well-connected and well-prepared to solve common operational challenges, make smarter decisions and achieve operational excellence.

Source: PMMI