S.M. Jones, a leading grower-shipper of corn, announced Aug. 30 the extension of its contract with CHEP, an industry leader in pallet and container pooling solutions. S.M. Jones uses CHEP pallets to transport its sweet corn from processing facilities in Florida in Homestead and Belle Glade to supermarkets, wholesale clubs and distributors across the United States.
Before deploying the CHEP pallet-pooling program in 1996, S.M. Jones predominantly used pallets that were lower in quality and frequently were not durable enough to handle the company’s handling and shipping processes. The produce marketer also experienced reliability and productivity issues that it needed to resolve.
S.M. Jones General Manager Allen Daniels said in an Aug. 30 press release, “We put our shipping platforms through some tough environments, like the hydro cooler, and CHEP pallets are the only pallets that can handle it. We very rarely have a problem with them, so we can concentrate our efforts on growing corn and getting it to market. And if there ever is a problem, we know the CHEP team will address it quickly and professionally.”
The release noted that S.M. Jones is pleased with the environmental sustainability benefits of the CHEP program. Based on third-party life-cycle inventory-analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system compared with alternative pallets, each year S.M. Jones Farms is reducing solid waste generation by more than 8,400 pounds and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by about 6,400 pounds. The company is also saving more than 180 million British thermal units of energy.
Brian Malloy, CHEP USA senior vice president and chief customer officer, said in the release, “S.M. Jones works hard to ensure its product arrives at the client destination in the most effective manner possible and without any damage. CHEP is honored to assist in that process. We are committed to continually improving the process for the benefit of the entire produce supply chain.”
Founded in 1934, S.M. Jones grows yellow, white and bi-color corn on more than 1,000 acres in Homestead and Belle Glade and sells through supermarkets and wholesalers across the United States. The company employs 34 people in season and is Primus-certified for food-safety practices.
CHEP is a global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions, serving many of the world’s larger companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. CHEP’s service is environmentally sustainable and increases efficiency for customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. CHEP’s 7,500-plus employees and 300 million pallets and containers offer unbeatable coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points in 49 countries. The firm’s customer portfolio includes global companies and brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Nestlé, Ford and GM. CHEP is part of Brambles Ltd.