CHEP, a global provider of sustainable supply chain solutions has entered into a cooperation agreement with Paulig, an internationally operating family-owned food and beverage company. In the Benelux, they are known by their Poco Loco, Santa Maria, and Gold & Green brands. In the future, all of Paulig’s operations will use CHEP’s carbon-neutral pallets to transport coffee, food products, and spices.
Paulig’s choice for CHEP’s equipment is based on their shared values around sustainability. Evidence of CHEP’s efforts to reduce environmental footprint is the fact that their parent company, Brambles was recently ranked as the most sustainable company in the world by Dow Jones Barron’s magazine. Paulig transports about 1.5 million pallets a year in Europe, of which about 70 percent will be the blue CHEP carbon-neutral pallets.
The carbon-neutral pallets offer CHEP’s customers the possibility of compensating the annual carbon footprint derived from the use of the pallets, with the acquisition of carbon credits from Natural Capital Partners which are then allocated to a selected environmental project. Paulig’s credits will be assigned to a project aimed at building a water infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.
Through this collaboration, Paulig and CHEP work together to reduce wood, emissions, and waste. Compared to white Euro pallets, CHEP’s reusable platforms reduce emissions by about 2,000 tons which equals 1.86 million truck kilometers, according to the pallet provider.
“When the pallets move, we want to do it in the most efficient way. We have received a number of insightful suggestions from CHEP on what we can do to further improve the movement of materials. We are eager to learn and develop, it is great in this cooperation that we are also challenged to continuously improve in sustainable development work,” says Terhi Liukkonen, Paulig’s Head of Indirect Sourcing.
Paulig was founded in 1876 when Gustav Paulig started his business in the heart of Helsinki. The company is family-owned still today. It currently has production in Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Russia, Estonia, and the United Kingdom. Paulig operates in thirteen different countries and their coffee, spices, and various food products are exported to more than seventy countries. The company’s brands are Paulig, Santa Maria, Risenta, Gold&Green, and Poco Loco. Paulig has operations in 13 countries and sales amounted to EUR 921 million in 2019. The group has about 2.100 employees.