Joint venture formed between Pact Reuse and Morrrison and co to grow reusable plastic crates operations
16 August 2023
Pact Reuse and global infrastructure investment manager Morrison & Co have formed a partnership to accelerate growth opportunities.
The transaction will see the formation of a new joint venture with Morrison which will be 50% owned by Pact and operate as a separate entity called Viscount Reuse.
The Crate Pooling business manages an asset pool of reusable and recyclable plastic crates and folding produce bins used by retailers in Australia and New Zealand in their fresh produce supply chains.
The business manufactures the crates and bins in Australia and operates a network of wash and distribution facilities that keeps them circulating in a loop from suppliers to retailer distribution centres and into supermarkets.
The business recently extended its crate pooling contract with Woolworths by 10 years and plans to scale up usage from 50 million to 80 million crates a year by 2025. The business has also secured a long-term contract extension with ALDI Australia.
Pact CEO and Managing Director Sanjay Dayal said: “We’ve been seeing increased demand from customers for a rapid scale up of our Crate Pooling offering as they look to operate more efficiently and sustainably in the circular economy. This new strategic partnership with Morrison & Co is a great outcome for our customers as it will accelerate the growth of the business and offer an expanded range of products and service, with Pact sharing in the upside.”
Mark Mudie, Partner at Morrison, said: “This is an attractive opportunity for our clients to gain exposure to the circular economy thematic, which aims to eliminate waste by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. We believe the circular economy can tackle some of our greatest social and environmental challenges, while unlocking economic value for our investors.”