Frey Farms Produce, the largest grower/packer/shipper of pumpkins in the USA, today announced it has renewed its partnership with CHEP, the world’s leading pallet and container pooling company. Frey Farms Produce is now transporting its branded pumpkins, watermelons and cantaloupes from its facilities in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado and Michigan to supermarkets, wholesalers, club stores, fresh processors and foodservice operators in the USA and Canada on CHEP pallets.
Frey Farms Produce moved from limited-use, non-pooled pallets, known as “white wood,” to the CHEP pallet pooling program primarily to address cost issues. The fresh produce company also wanted to meet customer demands for a high-quality, reliable shipping platform.
Frey Farms Produce CEO Sarah Talley said: “CHEP provides several major benefits, including a cost effective, heavy duty, quality pallet. CHEP pallets are very solid, which minimizes in-transit shipping problems and promotes safety in handling. Additionally, being reusable, CHEP enhances sustainability and promotes green initiatives. Using CHEP is a win-win.”
Talley said the CHEP program is more environmentally sustainable than the alternatives. Based on third-party life-cycle inventory analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to limited-use white wood pallets, each year Frey Farms Produce is reducing solid waste generation by almost 100,000 pounds, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 76,000 pounds and saving enough energy to power 55 homes with electricity.*
CHEP USA Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Karen Hempel said: “Frey Farms Produce is an excellent example of a company that has grown rapidly because of its ability to meet its customers’ demands efficiently. CHEP is proud to be playing a role in the streamlining of Frey Farms Produce’s supply chain. Our team is dedicated to working continuously to improve productivity and customer service.”
Frey Farms Produce is a year-round supplier of fresh fruits and vegetables. We are a family of growers, packers, shippers and marketers specializing in watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, truck vegetables, pumpkins and fall ornamentals. The Frey Farms Produce headquarters is located in rural Wayne County northeast of Mt. Vernon, IL and is supported by strategic shipping locations in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Georgia, Florida and throughout the Midwest. The Frey family has been in the produce industry for several years serving large and small retailers alike. Frey Farms services customers by way of direct store delivery routes and shipments to major distribution centers. Frey Companies are leaders in innovation, research and technology. Our customers appreciate the value of “Homegrown Freshness.” The Frey Companies have grown by leaps and bounds over the years and today we continue to service our customers with the same unyielding dedication and pride that instilled us to become a part of the produce industry.