Roundup: Watermelon Association Renews with CHEP, Iceland, Modulift, Rehrig Pacific Wins Recycling Contract, and a New Wash Line at PPS

Watermelon Association Keeps Rolling with CHEP

The National Watermelon Association has renewed its annual pallet-pooling agreement with CHEP.

The partnership with CHEP provides the association’s grower-shippers with a supply of pallets to protect product during transport, said Bob Morrissey, executive director of the Lakeland, Fla.-based association.


Iceland enters agreement with CHEP

The UK’s leading frozen food supermarket, Iceland, has entered into a new partnership with Commonwealth Handling Equipment Pool (CHEP).  The three-year deal has been designed to deliver significant supply chain efficiencies in both its UK and international operations.  “CHEP understands both our business model and our supply chain very well,” said Dave Rowlands, Iceland’s contracts and commercial manager.


Modulift Offers Solution for large Pallet Lifts at Fleet Street Construction Project

Below-the-hook equipment manufacturer Modulift solved a challenging problem involving the application of tower cranes on a high-rise development in London, UK, in an area where busy streets, restricted access and congested sites are prevalent.


Rehrig Pacific Wins $3 Million Recycling Deal in Ohio

An Ohio Solid Waste Management District will start single-stream recycling pickups in a few more weeks after officials signed a contract for delivery of new trucks. Portage County commissioners approved the contract for the seven-year lease/purchase agreement with Rehrig Pacific Company for $3,002,081. The agreement is for one front-load truck and three automated side-load trucks plus 25,000 roll-out containers.


ReFresh Box Wash Line at PPS

Following the launch of their new lidded container, PPS are delighted to showcase the new wash line designed specifically for the ReFresh box. Housed at the company’s Grimsby site, the stainless steel fabrication design has been built with precision and careful thought to ensure long-term commitment to the project.

“As a pooling partner, when we introduced our leak proof lidded Re-Fresh box to the market it was essential that we had a solution for washing the equipment to the same BRC standards we are accredited to across our wash sites. Our existing industrial wash lines are suitable for a variety of equipment sizes from crates, plastic pallets and bulk bins, but the unique design of the new container was going to take something a little more bespoke,” commented Managing Director Joanne Moss. “In order to offer the same standards of pooling options with this equipment, it was key that we made the right investments to hit the ground running. We are known for providing hygienic, reusable packaging within the fish and fresh food industry so we built our own solution to meet our specifications. Working closely with Industrial Wash Machines Ltd we have installed the perfect solution.”

The impressive machine includes a pre-wash, wash, high-pressure wash reaching 280PSI, rinse and drying section with an observation area towards the finish. All bulk debris is removed prior to the equipment entering the conveyor powered system which travels through each compartment. Lids are loaded vertically and trays upside down, each with their own lane. The automated chemical dosing system allows for accurate measurements to be admitted to the jets with large extraction fans preventing steam build up through the cycle. Regular clean downs of the machine are performed to ensure jets and drains are clear in order to clean at the desired level and that it is operating to BRC standards. Where necessary the units can be dried before being stacked and wrapped for despatch.

Source: PPS