Kaufland continues to pursue its sustained commitment and relies on reusable trays in the fruit and vegetable sector instead of disposable cartons. Since 2003, the customer has been finding fruit and vegetables in green reusable Euro EuroGrade systems in Germany. Initially, cooperation was limited to Germany only. Between 2014 and 2015, the cooperation with the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia was successfully expanded.
Since the end of 2018, the green returnable packaging of the logistics service provider Euro Pool System has become standard packaging for the fruit and vegetable logistics of the Kaufland stores throughout Europe. Meanwhile, both companies are also working together in Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria.
“Through the use of Euro Pool System reusable packaging, Kaufland has reduced its CO2 emissions by around 35,000 tonnes per year in 2018. The additional countries will be able to save around 42,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2019,” emphasizes Stefan Lukes, Head of Purchasing Fruits and vegetables International.
From the producer via the distribution center to the presentation of goods in the market, the fresh produce remains in the Euro Pool System crates. As a result, mostly disposable cartons are dispensed with in the European logistics chain. “Through the Europe-wide change, the sustainability of delivery processes at Kaufland is increasing enormously,” says Lukes. “In addition, packaging damage is avoided and valuable resources conserved at the same time.”