Fyffes, an importer of bananas and pineapples in Europe and melons in North America, received the Certificate of Sustainability from CHEP, a logistics solutions company. The certificate was for environmental savings achieved between 2020 and 2021 through the implementation of the pooling method, a sustainable logistics model created by CHEP.

The pooling method consists of reusing pallets throughout the supply chain which decreases consumption of materials such as wood, reduces greenhouse gas emissions - the main cause of climate change - and sustains the development of the share and reuse industry. Thanks to the implementation of this component of the circular economy, Fyffes and CHEP achieved the following savings in the operations of bananas, pineapples and melons between July 2020 and June 2021:

  • 399,944 dm3 of wood
  • 3,422,543 kg of greenhouse gas emissions
  • 321,358 kg of waste

Fyffes received the Certificate of Sustainability from CHEP, a logistics solutions company.

The recognition granted to Fyffes is the result of an environmental impact study derived from the use of CHEP pallets compared to market alternatives. The logistics company uses specific software to perform a Life Cycle Analysis of its products, which considers their environmental impact following the methodology of the ISO-14044 standard. This allows them to certify quality and to ensure they have the lowest environmental impact possible. During the last two years, CHEP has delivered more than 25 certificates in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico) based on the results of their Life Cycle Analysis.

“Over the last decade, we have significantly reduced our carbon footprint through different initiatives supporting Fyffes Global Sustainability Strategy. One is the use of CHEP pallets, reused and recycled to transport millions of boxes of our fruit around the world,” said Luis Anchia, regional manager of materials and procurement of Fyffes. "Obtaining the Certificate of Sustainability makes us proud and motivates us to continue working for a better future."

At the beginning of the partnership between the two companies in 2016 in Central America, Fyffes used CHEP pallets to transport melons from Honduras and Guatemala to North America and bananas from Costa Rica to Europe. The success in the distribution and logistics of the operation of this last product led Fyffes to expand the use of CHEP pallets further in Central America, the United States and Europe, and the company recently added Colombia and Guatemala to the list. Furthermore, since 2019, 100 percent of the melons sent to North America are transported on CHEP pallets.

“It is a great satisfaction for us to see the progress made in key countries and regions throughout Latin America. We hope this positive collaboration will continue to be successful for many years to come, along with the continued strengthening of our commitment to positively impact our planet,” said Erick Pinot, Central America country manager and commercial director Mexico at CHEP.

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