Mount Vernon, IL-based Frey Farms Produce, one of the larger U.S. grower-
packer-shippers of pumpkins, announced Oct. 18 that it has renewed its
partnership with CHEP, a leading pallet and container pooling company.
Frey Farms Produce is now transporting its branded pumpkins, watermelons
and cantaloupes from its facilities in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Missouri,
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and Michigan to supermarkets,
wholesalers, clubstores, fresh processors and foodservice operators in the
United States and Canada on CHEP pallets.
Frey Farms Produce moved from limited-use, non-pooled pallets, known as
"white wood," to the CHEP pallet pooling program primarily to address cost
issues. The fresh produce company also wanted to meet customer demands
for a high-quality, reliable shipping platform.
Sarah Talley, chief executive officer of Frey Farms Produce, said in an Oct. 18
press release, “CHEP provides several major benefits, including a cost-
effective, heavy-duty, quality pallet. CHEP pallets are very solid, which
minimizes in-transit shipping problems and promotes safety in handling.
Additionally, being reusable, CHEP enhances sustainability and promotes
green initiatives. Using CHEP is a win-win.”
Ms. Talley said that the CHEP program is more environmentally sustainable
than the alternatives. Based on third-party life-cycle inventory analysis
findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to limited-
use white wood pallets, each year Frey Farms Produce is reducing solid waste
generation by almost 100,000 pounds, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions
by nearly 76,000 pounds and saving enough energy to power 55 homes with
Karen Hempel, CHEP USA's senior vice president of sales and marketing, said
in the release, “Frey Farms Produce is an excellent example of a company that
has grown rapidly because of its ability to meet its customers’ demands
efficiently. CHEP is proud to be playing a role in the streamlining of Frey
Farms Produce’s supply chain. Our team is dedicated to working continuously
to improve productivity and customer service.”