IFCO and SiCar Farms Extend Their Partnership
- by Chandler James
TAMPA, FL - One of the industry’s largest Reusable Plastic Container (RPC) operators, IFCO, announced the extension of its three-year contract with Mexico-based distributor SiCar Farms. The terms of the agreement specify that IFCO will provide SiCar Farms with more than 2.7 million RPCs annually for packaging and shipping limes, tomatoes, coconuts, jackfruit, jalapeno peppers, tomatillos, jicama, tamarind, and other produce items from farms in Mexico to five retail locations in the United States.
“We value our long-term partnership with SiCar Farms. We share the goals of delivering high quality, fresh, and affordable food to consumers, and this partnership serves as a collaborative blueprint on how to achieve those shared objectives,” concluded Dan Martin, IFCO President of North America.
IFCO has provided SiCar Farms with RPCs for its produce since 2007. The company’s wash center in San Antonio, Texas, serves as an ideal location for SiCar Farms’ private transportation fleet to pick up sanitized RPCs for use at its processing locations in Mexico and its distribution centers in the U.S. IFCO also delivers RPCs directly to farm locations under the agreement.
“We are pleased to renew our packaging partnership with IFCO,” said Luis Gudińo, CEO of SiCar Farms. “Its share and reuse philosophy combined with the day-to-day performance of its RPCs helps us meet our product quality, operational efficiency, and sustainability goals. IFCO RPCs reduce solid waste, optimize warehouse space, and have an innovative design that cools product better and helps reduce moisture damage during shipping and handling. It also streamlines international flow and retailer delivery of our products. It’s a win-win situation.”
The SiCar Farms-IFCO relationship also highlights how IFCO partners with its customers to develop freight collaboration solutions that reduce costs, transportation miles, and CO2 emissions. With industry partnerships like this one, there’s no telling where companies will land in the coming years. Stay with us at ANUK as we keep a watchful eye.