Wolfgang Orgeldinger, the chief executive officer of IFCO, announced the company will observe in 2017 the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1992.
The anniversary will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of customer events and a donation of 25,000 Euros to food banks across Europe and North America.
“IFCO started as an idea in 1992 and has grown into a global company operating a pool of more than 270 million reusable plastic containers for packaging, transporting, storing and displaying fresh food,” said Orgeldinger. “Our success is attributable to the compelling benefits of RPCs (reusable plastic containers), the talented individuals who work here and the vision of our customers, who were quick to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of IFCO’s business model.”
A timeline of the company and its history includes:
1992—The International Food Container Organization Ltd was established with the mission to become the premier provider of reusable packaging systems for fresh food. Over the next 13 years, IFCO expanded its RPC operations into seven countries in Europe (Austria, Switzerland, France, Scandinavia, Spain, the United Kingdom and Italy), North America (the United States and Canada) and South America (Argentina and Brazil), and Japan through a joint venture.
2005-10—IFCO continued its growth through increased business, new product innovations, new geographies and strategic acquisitions. By 2010, its operations had grown to more than 210 locations worldwide, serving more than 8,700 producers and more than 90 retail partners.
2011—IFCO was acquired by Brambles Limited, a global supply-chain logistics company specializing in the pooling of unit-load equipment and associated services, focusing on the outsourced management of pallets, crates and containers, primarily through the CHEP brand. After this acquisition, CHEP’s RPC businesses were integrated into IFCO and now operate under the IFCO brand (except RPC businesses in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa).
2015-16—IFCO continued to expand its geographic footprint through acquisitions of leading poolers in Japan, Chile and Colombia.