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EU: Aldi completes European roll-out of reusable crates for fruits & vegetables

Logistical efficiency, greater sustainability - extended freshness! With reusable crates for fruits and vegetables, the Aldi Nord Group of Companies is making a lasting improvement to its supply chains. Together with Aldi Sud and its partner IFCO systems - the leading supplier of reusable packaging containers (RPCs) - it has completed the roll-out of the project and black RPCs can now be found all over Europe to ensure a consistent overall store design.


The Reverse Logistics Specialist at Aldi Einkauf SE & Co oHG is happy about the progress. "Our team is responsible for implementing sustainable packaging solutions within the Aldi supply chain. With a focus on secondary packaging, we are pleased to have made a further contribution to waste prevention. But our mission is not yet complete, as other commodity groups will be next”.


𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲

- freshness is a strategic focus topic for the Aldi Nord Group of Companies. Therefore, Aldi aims at offering its customers fruit and vegetables that feel, look and taste fresh - even days after purchase. By using the reusable crates a high food quality is ensured;

- fewer rejects in the supply chain and therefore less food waste due to the better quality of the returnable crates compared to cardboard box;

- logistically, handling processes are improved by using returnable crates. As they can be folded, additional transport capacity is saved and less air is transported which reduces CO2 emissions;

- RPCs save costs within the entire supply chain. By eliminating the need for disposable packaging, Aldi proactively contributes to environmental protection.


𝗠𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗶𝗿𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝘆

With RPCs, Aldi is setting the standard for closed-loop sustainability and circular economy in food retail packaging. Aldi is committed to significantly reduce its product packaging and the RPCs are just one example of this. The crates can be used up to 120 times before being recycled and made into new crates.


Source: Aldi Nord



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