Grimmway Farms Partners with CHEP to Boost Sustainability and Improve Operations
- Since 2009, partnership has eliminated more than 1.6 million pounds of solid waste and more
than 1.2 million pounds of CO2e.
- Circular supply chain model drives results, leads to sustainable operational improvements.
Atlanta, GA – January 29, 2018 – When Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest carrot producer,
and CHEP, the global leader in pooling and supply chain management solutions, work together, the
results are measurable and clear: improved sustainable practices and increased operations efficiency.
Last week’s inaugural Global Organic Produce Exposition & Conference (GOPEX) featured both
companies, together again. Since partnering with CHEP, Grimmway Farms has realized the economic
and environmental benefits of moving from white wood pallets to pooled pallets.
“Grimmway Farms is always looking for sustainable options that improve operations,” says Jason
Higbee, Director of Materials Management, Grimmway Farms. “CHEP understands the fresh produce
industry, and the need to keep our supply chain moving as efficiently as possible so we can meet
customer expectations while also cutting costs and carbon.”
For the global produce leader, the sustainability savings realized since 2009 from shifting 2.9 million
pallets to CHEP’s circular model include:
- Elimination of more than 1.63 million pounds of solid waste.
- Reduction of more than 1.23 million pounds of CO2e, the equivalent of eliminating 1.4 million
miles driven by an average passenger vehicle in one year!
Building on that success, Grimmway Farms recently brought CHEP into its Cal-Organic Farms facilities to
suggest process improvements for reducing pallet damage, cutting costs and further improving
sustainability. The suggested changes, identified by the CHEP Supply Chain Solutions team and tested at
the CHEP Innovation Center, include adjustments in pallet handling and sorting. Reducing pallet damage
and properly sorting pallets creates several expected sustainability benefits, including:
- Reduction of natural resources (timber) needed in the first place.
- Less wood waste going to the landfill, reducing costs and carbon.
- Fewer returned pallets, reducing the frequency of trips and related costs and carbon.
“CHEP created one of the world’s most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of
our products,” says Laura Nador, President, CHEP North America. “Our work protects forests and
reduces landfill. By collaborating with Grimmway Farms, we can do even more to solve shared
challenges – from taking out transport miles to fighting food waste. There’s no end to what we can
CHEP’s Supply Chain Solutions leverage the company’s end-to-end supply chain expertise to help
customers improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase sales. CHEP Solutions include Transportation
Optimization, Unit Load Optimization, Product Damage Reduction, Packaging Performance Testing,
Environmental Sustainability and Customer Pallet Storage programs.
About Grimmway Farms
Family-owned and headquartered in Bakersfield, California, Grimmway Farms traces its roots to a produce stand opened by the Grimm brothers in the early 1960s. Grimmway is a global produce leader and the world’s largest producer of carrots. Grimmway supplies more than 65 organic, USA-grown crops and brands include Cal-Organic Farms and Bunny-Luv. Grimmway is committed to caring for customers and employees, honoring sustainable practices and preserving natural resources for future generations. For more information, explore our website or call (800) 301-3101.