Land Watermelon Signs Exclusive Agreement for Pallet Pooling Services

Raymon J. Land Watermelon Sales, a grower, packer and shipper of watermelons in the southeast United States, has inked a new long-term contract with Orlando, Fla.-based pallet and container pooling service provider CHEP.

Land Watermelon uses CHEP pallets to transport cartoned, binned and bulk seeded and seedless watermelons from its seasonal shipping offices in Immokalee, Arcadia and Branford, Fla.; Cordele, Ga.; Blackville, S.C.; Clinton and Mt. Olive, N.C.; and Oaktown, Ind. The company sells to supermarket retailers, wholesale distributors, terminal markets, and wholesale clubs across the United States.

“The new contract with CHEP will increase our savings both in the short run and long term, which will increase savings for our customers during these challenging economic times,” said Laura Land, sales manager at Branford-based Land Watermelon. “We consider CHEP to be a true partner and feel they provide clear benefits to our customers, our company and the environment.”

Based on third-party Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis findings, through its exclusive use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to one-way whitewood pallets, Land Watermelon said it’s reducing solid waste generation by nearly 625,000 pounds per year, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 58 percent and saving enough energy to power 52 homes with electricity every year.
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