Roundup: Growers Order Over 1.5 Million IFCO Wood Grain RPCs,Virginia Tech Short Course, New Venue Welcomes Largest EXPO PACK México

Growers Order Over 1.5 Million IFCO Wood Grain RPCs

More Than 130 Growers Have Signed IFCO Wood Grain RPC Agreements

IFCO North America has now signed more than 130 growers to participate in its Wood Grain Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) program, according to the company.  IFCO Wood Grain RPCs are used to ship fresh produce to Walmart under an agreement reached with the world’s largest retailer in October.

“Our goal is to constantly improve the fresh food shopping experience for Walmart customers, and IFCO is helping us meet that goal,” said Shawn Baldwin, Walmart Senior Vice President of Produce/Global Food Sourcing. “We are pleased to see IFCO Wood Grain RPCs penetrate the supply chain so quickly, and they are getting positive reviews from growers and customers alike.”

“In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, we are always looking for ways to expand our market share,” said Stephan Boutin, Grower Services Manager, L&M, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based grower. “IFCO Wood Grain RPCs protect our produce, the increased airflow means our produce has a longer shelf life, and we know consumers will like them as much as we do.”

“IFCO’s Wood Grain RPC business with Walmart expands on a partnership that began in 2000. Today, millions of RPCs are shipped for Walmart and its growers, including 1.5 million Wood Grain RPCs,” said Daniel Walsh, President of IFCO North America.  “We are delighted to provide Walmart with IFCO RPCs that meet their needs.  Only a company with IFCO’s scale and resources is uniquely positioned to meet demands and deliver results year after year.”

Last October, IFCO and Walmart announced IFCO will supply the world’s largest retailer with newly designed Wood Grain RPCs for its wet and dry produce, initially including apples, potatoes, onions and citrus items.

“Whether we’re talking about Wood Grain or Black RPCs, IFCO RPCs are more efficient, cost effective, sustainable and protect fresh produce better than single-use packaging, such as corrugated cardboard. Research shows consumers in the United States and around the world prefer RPCs for fresh produce packaging,” concluded Mr. Walsh.

IFCO has a strong commitment to supporting local economies, companies, and workers in the marketplaces where it does business whenever possible. IFCO’s Wood Grain RPCs are 100 percent sourced and manufactured in the USA. In addition, IFCO Wood Grain RPCs are cleaned and sanitized at one of six U.S. service centers throughout their life cycle.

Source: IFCO


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The short course will take place at the beautiful Blacksburg campus of Virginia Tech inAugust 23-25, 2016. Discounted registration ends July 15, 2016

The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design  (Sardo Pallet Lab) at Virginia Tech has been educating professionals on how to design sustainable pallet and packaging solutions for more than 40 years. Our Center is actively involved in multiple ASTM, ISO, and ANSI working groups and committees to include the latest research information on the existing testing standards.

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Source: Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design

New Venue Welcomes Largest EXPO PACK México

EXPO PACK México’s move to Expo Bancomer Santa Fe resulted in the largest show in its 31-year history, growing seven percent from last year, according to show producer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

The new location allowed the nearly 23,000 attendees to visit almost 1,000 exhibitors over 19,300 net square meters (~208,000 net square feet) of exhibit space. Visitors included prospective buyers from the Mexican States of Puebla, Guanajuato, Estado de México, Queretaro, and Morelos, while international attendees came from throughout Latin America, including targeted buying groups from Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia.

“Exhibitors were very pleased with the quality and quantity of attendees this year,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. “The success in the new venue speaks to the strength of the EXPO PACK brand.”

The show once again featured international pavilions from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and U.S. The PMMI Pavilion grew 11 percent from 2015, stretching to 2,379 net square meters (~25,600 net square feet). The largest PMMI Pavilion to date hosted 92 of the 175 PMMI members exhibiting at EXPO PACK México. EXPO PACK México 2016 also saw a second successful year of the Innovation Stage and the seventh year of the EXPO PACK Verde program.

As the Mexican marketplace continues to embrace sustainable processing and packaging options, EXPO PACK México exhibitors in the EXPO PACK Verde program more than doubled with 248 participants.

EXPO PACK México also hosted Packaging Week, organized by the Mexican Association of Packaging (AMEE). AMEE conducted its National Congress, a complete program of conferences and Envase Estelar Awards program. Association partners at EXPO PACK México included AMEE, the National Chamber of Industry Processed Food (CANAINCA), the National Chamber of Industry Graphic Arts (CANAGRAF), the Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Services (CANACO), the National Chamber of the Pharmaceutical Industry (CANIFARMA), the National Chamber of Industry Cosmetic and National Association of Personal Care Products and Home (CANIPEC) and the National Chamber of Metal Containers (CANAFEM).

“The relationships with our association partners are a testament to EXPO PACK México’s position as the premier processing and packaging event in Latin America,” says Yuska.

Gerardo Barajas, director of EXPO PACK, used the opening of EXPO PACK México to reiterate that beginning in 2017, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and EXPO PACK México will alternate years. With the success of EXPO PACK Mexico 2016, exhibitor demand for the first national edition of EXPO PACK Guadalajara (Expo Guadalajara) far exceeded expectations. The 2017 show is on pace to more than double the size of the previous Guadalajara show a full year before the June 13–15, 2017 dates.

“We are confident that this strategy will maximize EXPO PACK’s impact in Mexico’s two main markets and early booth sales for Guadalajara confirm this,” says Barajas. “Suppliers are looking to do business with the many multinational corporations expanding their operations in the Mexican market.”

His comments supported the findings reported during a special conference session at EXPO PACK México on PMMI’s newest research, “Opportunities for Packaging Machinery in the Mexican Market 2016–2017.” The study specifically cited strong expected investments from the beverage and food sectors in 2016–2017, naming Constellation Brands, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Mondeléz, Heineken, Mars, Kellogg’s and Diageo as just some companies who have announced plant expansions or modernization projects.

EXPO PACK México returns to Expo Bancomer Santa Fe, June 5–8, 2018.

For more information on exhibiting at EXPO PACK Guadalajara contact Krista DeBrosse at kdebrosse@pmmi.orgor 571.612.3200. To learn more visit