Pooled Pallets from CHEP Help Albert Bartlett Achieve Important Environmental Savings


CO2 emissions reduced by almost 500,000kg per year compared with white wood pallets

CHEP, Albert Bartlett

Manchester, 15th February 2018 – Leading potato supplier, Albert Bartlett, is enjoying significant environmental savings within its supply chain thanks to the use of CHEP’s pooled pallets. The family-run business, based in Airdrie, Scotland, supplies own label and branded lines of potatoes to retail, wholesale, food service, and processing customers, and recently signed a three-year contract renewal with CHEP, the supply chain solutions company.

The new contract will see CHEP supply an estimated 350,000 B1210A standard pallets (1200mm x 1000mm) per year, along with around 10,000 B1208A Euro pallets (1200mm x 800mm) per year to support distribution to the near continent.

The use of CHEP’s pooled pallet is realizing significant annual environmental savings for Albert Bartlett when compared to white wood pallets, including:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 496,833 kg; the equivalent of 454,000 truck kms or 2.8 million car kms
  • Saving wood resources by 344,031 dm3; the equivalent of 324 trees
  • Reducing waste by 31,592kg; the equivalent of 7 truckloads of waste.

“Albert Bartlett is committed to providing value-added products in such a way that minimizes the impact of these activities on the environment,” stated Russell White, the company’s Head of Operations. “We’ve been dealing in fresh potatoes since 1948 and in 2015 added frozen potato products to our portfolio.  The savings that we’re able to realize through the use of CHEP’s pooling model are fantastic. It feels like we are making a real difference, working together to minimize the impact our supply chain is having on the environment.”

To compare the impact its pooled pallets have on the environment, CHEP commissioned a third-party independent study to evaluate the use of its pallets versus white wood pallets if these were used within Albert Bartlett’s supply chain as an alternative platform. This Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study considers all environmental impacts through the product lifecycle and follows the ISO-14044 methodology. (Results provided are indicative of potential savings and should not be treated as definitive.)

CHEP UK & Ireland Managing Director, Helen Lane was delighted, but not surprised, with the savings being realized by Albert Bartlett. “Environmental sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at CHEP,” she stated. “100% of our timber now comes from forests certified as sustainable. Our pallets are continually repaired, reused and shared, and because they are made to a higher standard than white wood pallets, they last up to 10 times longer. It’s great to be working with such a like-minded business as Albert Bartlett where consideration of the environmental impact we have is front and center of our business philosophy.”

Albert Bartlett is a progressive family brand, established in 1948 and dedicated to providing tasty, wholesome food for proper meals. The company is family owned and proudly run from its base in Airdrie.  It is fiercely committed to providing a branded range of the best potatoes grown in the most responsible way.  Albert Bartlett potatoes are grown across the UK from the far north of Scotland through the country to Cornwall and across to Northern Ireland and the Island of Jersey.  The company also has a growing international presence in continental Europe and North America.

Source: CHEP