Radnor Hills re-takes the plunge into the sustainable pallet pool

7 April, 21

Radnor Hills, one of the UK’s major still, sparkling and flavoured water brands, has announced the renewal of its supply chain contract with IPP, one of Europe’s leading poolers of sustainable wooden pallets to the food and drink sector.

The contract renewal comes after the two environmentally-aware businesses have seen a doubling of their combined efforts to support the circular economy over the last nine years of working together.

Radnor Hills worked tirelessly to achieve ISO 14001, the standard for environmental management systems, so 100 per cent of its plastic bottles are fully recyclable and the business was able to promote a zero-to-landfill policy.

In addition, Radnor Hills, which scooped the 2019 Sustainable/Ethical Manufacturer of the Year prize in the Made in Wales awards and has been shortlisted for the 2020 Manufacturer of the Year in the same competition, treats 100 per cent of its waste water, with the business recapturing 20 per cent of it for re-use during the manufacturing process or around the site for heating or the use of hosepipes.

Coventry-based IPP, one of only nine per cent of global businesses engaged in the circular economy of re-using sustainably-sourced pallets to deliver produce into the retail and wholesale sector, works collaboratively with customers and transporters to reduce empty running and saved more than one million miles of unnecessary journeys in 2020.

During the last nine years, Radnor Water has grown its need for high quality pallet pool by more than 100 per cent, as part of the collaborative working model taking its branded water to leading supermarkets Aldi and Morrisons, wholesalers including Bidfood and Brakes as well as smaller retail outlets.

Chris Sanders, sales director and head of dispatch at Radnor Hills, said: “Working with suppliers like IPP is easy because they are straightforward and good people to deal with – and they go the extra mile when required.

“We share a lot of common ground with regard to sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint and there is great chemistry between our teams when it comes to delivering under pressure – it was not a hard decision to renew our agreement with them.”

Shelley Harris, commercial director for IPP UK and Ireland, said: “Businesses have a responsibility to the environment and to conduct themselves in the least harmful way possible, which is illustrated in the way that we work with customers like Radnor Hills – and how we will continue to do so into the future.”

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