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Fagerberg Produce of Eaton, Colo.,  has agreed to extend its use of Tampa, Fla.-based IFCO reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for its dry onions through 2020. 

“IFCO is a great partner,” Ryan Fagerberg, president of Fagerberg Produce, said in a news release. “Their RPCs are a great packaging solution for our onions, they deliver first-class customer service and they share our passion for efficiency and sustainability in the food supply chain.”

Fagerberg, a fifth-generation family farm, has used IFCO RPCs since 2000, according to the release.

Under the terms of the agreement, the company will utilize IFCO RPCs to ship its yellow, red, white, Colorado sweet and organic onions to hundreds of U.S. retail locations, according to the release.

"We are pleased to continue to provide Fagerberg Produce with IFCO RPCs for their dry onions,” Dan Martin, president of IFCO North America, said in the release.  “Our two companies are committed to providing consumers across the U.S. with safe, high quality, nutritious and affordable fresh food year-round.”

According to IFCO, the company has 314 million RPCs globally, and those containers are used for over 1.7 billion shipments of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, bread, and other items every year.

For Fagerberg alone, the release said that in 2018, the company’s use of IFCO RPCs reduced C02 emissions by 170,000 kilograms and eliminated 205,000 pounds of solid waste, in addition to preventing product damage, reducing water consumption and giving other benefits.

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