Kroger Marks Logistics Milestone

DELAWARE, Ohio — Kroger Co. [3], Cincinnati, marked the delivery of its 20 billionth pound of produce delivered to its distribution center here in reusable plastic containers (RPCs) provided by IFCO, Tampa, Fla.

The milestone signifies Kroger’s continuing effort to increase its volume of fresh produce shipped in RPCs, which includes green onions, radishes, lettuce, grapes, tomatoes, avocados, corn, beans, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, celery and other commodities. Kroger this year will eliminate more than 45 million pounds of waxed and corrugated boxes that would otherwise require disposal.

“What started as a sustainable solution to ensure the highest quality of fruits and vegetables for our customers has grown into an impactful way for Kroger to reduce waste and improve the efficiency of our produce supply chain,” said Phil Davis, senior perishables supply chain manager for Kroger, in a statement.