FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIP ENTERS NEW PHASE

20 March 2017

Pooling Partners, Europe’s biggest combined pooler and pallet manufacturer, has extended its collaboration with family-owned UK growers Chingford Fruit to increase pallet movements, while at the same time reducing the businesses’ carbon footprint as part of the IPP Logipal circular economy model.

Dartford-based Chingford provides a variety of fresh fruit including apples, pears, citrus, apricots and peaches to supermarkets and stores across the UK.

The extension of its contract with Pooling Partners, based in Meriden, Coventry, will ensure the supply chain to consumers remains strong and efficient, courtesy of a continuous supply of sustainable pallets.

Dave Slaughter, Operations Director at Chingford Fruit, said: “Using its IPP Logipal pooling system, Pooling Partners provides us with a cost-effective and efficient supply of pallets to deliver our fresh fruit to supermarket shelves.

“The business also helps us to cut our own carbs in terms of reducing the unnecessary empty running of trucks through IPP Logipal’s ‘Trade Direct’ model which not only reduces our emissions but also our costs, while at the same time increasing our efficiency. Reducing our environmental impact is also why working with Pooling Partners has proved so fruitful.”

Phil Storer, Country Director of Pooling Partners in the UK and Ireland, said: “Chingford is a great story for us. Britain is made up of smaller but very healthy businesses which innovate and constantly evolve to compete in tough markets that require efficient, right first time solutions because of the perishable nature of their products.

“We work very closely with them to guarantee efficiencies and savings delivered through our circular economy model, which allows us to move their products across the UK cost-effectively and in a low-carbon manner. Pooling Partners pools, recovers, repairs, re-uses and makes well over 20 million pallets every year as part of its own highly sustainable circular economy re-use systems.”