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Dole’s fruit isn’t the only thing that’s sweet

In # 6: Sustainability by LucasLeave a Comment

    The Dole Food Company has its roots in Hawaii, founded as Castle and Cooke in 1851.  It is now the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables, grown and processed in 90 countries.  Since Dole is such a large company, having a strong sustainability program is required for economic, political, and environmental reasons.  Their 4 main areas of sustainability include water management, reducing their carbon footprint, soil conservation, and responsible packaging. On Dole’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability website, they have a report on 7 different farms and packing plants that they operate.  It showed rain water and ground water usage for growing fruit and processing it.  This report was written in 2011 and was surprisingly inconclusive.  Since these 7 operations were in South America, most of the water usage was from rain water, but the processing facilities used mostly ground water.  The first two steps were gathering and understanding data, and the last two were for putting together a plan for further sustainability.  At the end of the 43-page report, they explain how they ran out of time …

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McDonald’s Sustainability Program

In # 6: Sustainability, Assigned Posts by YijunLeave a Comment

In McDonald beef and coffee are two major material for making the food product, so they started to focus on the sustainability of these two food. Then they start the sustainability program and make a website for sustainability. In the website, there are two articles talking about the sustainable beef and coffee. They briefly talk about the the way to achieve the program, such as purchased the sustainable source and how they went to stop waste the product during working. They also mention the importance for use the sustainability source and reduce the waste for the product. For the sustainable beef, McDonald chose to purchase part of their beef form sustainable sources. Also they started to have a new program for finding more ways to have sustainability beef. They  let the beef suppliers, abattoirs, and patty processors use a variety place form world and use diverse types of cattle to make the products, not just own a cattle farms. In addition, they talk about the advantage and the importance for use sustainable  beef. For example, overgrazing might have a negative impact to the …

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Unilever and their Plan for Sustainability

In # 6: Sustainability, Leftovers by NicoleLeave a Comment

The company that I found to do this post on is Unilever. Some of the brands this company has are Hellmann’s, Dove, Lipton, etc. Their sustainability program program took of in 2010 and they have been making changes and improving it throughout the years. Their three main points are improving health and well-being, reducing environmental impact, and enhancing livelihoods. They have goals for each one of these points that go as far out as 2020 and 2030. Amongst these three main points they have sub points that fit into the categories stated before. Some of these sub points are health and hygiene, improving nutrition, greenhouse gas use, water use, waste and packaging, fairness in the workplace, inclusive business, and etc. From the article I found it says “Our vision is to grow our business, whilst reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our social impact.” Unilever also has a great way to report their data about how they are sustainable and about their company’s progress in general. The two ways they do it are annual reports and accounts and an online …

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Sustainability: “Going Whole Hog”

In # 6: Sustainability by JenniferLeave a Comment

$12.6 million. That’s what Smithfield Foods was fined back in 1997 for releasing illegal levels of pollutants from their processing plant into the Pagan River.  This was the largest Clean Water Act fine a company had received until the mid-2000s. Almost two decades later, this company has become one of the leaders of sustainability in the animal protein industry.  In fact, according to the report “Feeding Ourselves Thirsty: How the Food Industry is Managing Global Water Risk”, which was published by Ceres and gave scores to food sector companies across four categories of water risk management, Smithfield Foods’ score was almost triple that of their nearest competitor, JBS. The major environmental targets of Smithfield Foods include reducing water use by 10%, reducing energy use by 5%, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5%, and reducing solid waste sent to landfills by 10%.  These goals were set in 2014 and need to be completed by 2020.  The results from 2015 show that Smithfield Foods reduced water use that year by 2.6%, energy use by 4.0%, greenhouse gas emission use by 6.1%, and …

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Clean Water is Essential

In # 6: Sustainability by MadelineLeave a Comment

According Ecolab‘s main website, they are “the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services.” You probably come into contact with this company one or more times every single day. They are in charge of a huge portion of hygiene products like hand soap, toilet paper, cleaning products, and medical chemicals. Their main goals as a company are to have clean water, abundant energy, safe food, and healthy environments. Ecolab owns a smaller company called Nalco which deals with primarily water and waste treatment. Clean water is obviously necessary for life and used by every single large corporation, every single day. Nalco is working on developing ways to reduce water waste and clean the water to reuse it within the company. There are 11 water management technologies that Nalco uses just to help eliminate water waste and lower usage! One of these technologies is called the 3D TRASAR Water Saver. This piece of equipment reduces water waste by concentrating the cycles of the water cooling unit. The new technology optimizes the production of the system so that it cools …

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Coca-Cola’s strides for Sustainability

In # 6: Sustainability by KayleeLeave a Comment

Not too long ago I went on a fall break trip with the food science club to Colorado. During our time there we visited many different industries. One place we toured was MillerCoors. They had quite the sustainability program in place. However, I noticed Leo already wrote about MillerCoors, so I decided to write about a different company who specializes in beverages as well. I chose to pursue Coca-Cola because they have a strong sustainability program in place and have many plans for the future. Coca-Cola is very keen about their water usage. They want to continue to reduce the amount of water that they use. Since 2004, they have reduced their water usage per liter by 27%. In addition to their water usage, for every drop they use, they give one back. Coca-Cola directly gives back to nature and over 2,000 communities throughout 71 countries. In addition to giving back, they also have many different programs intact such as providing safe water, restoring forests, providing safe water in Africa, and many more. Furthermore, Coca-Cola is making drastic strides to …

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Not only a fancy Evian, but also a sustainable model

In # 6: Sustainability by ZixiangLeave a Comment

Nowadays, people are taking more resources from the nature. We use coal, petroleum, and natural gas to generate chemical products and energy. We use timbers to build houses, to assemble fancy furniture. We use land resources to cultivate crops to provide ourselves grains, to feed the livestock, to generate fuels, etc. All of those natural resources are extremely important to our daily lives; especially is the water, which is the necessity through our lifetimes, people need it to maintain their metabolisms, to balance osmotic pressures, to provide cells a suitable environment for them to process chemical reactions, etc. These are the reasons that why we are going to pay highly attention to the topic of sustainability, especially for those huge industries, and developed countries, because we are living on the same earth, we have responsibilities to protect it, and maintain the biodiversity, and we should keep this a suitable environment for our descendants to live in the future. Therefore, more and more industries today are paying highly attention to this mission, and they have generated related plans and policies, as …

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Never-ending Supply of Coffee – Well, Hopefully.

In # 6: Sustainability by Mae1 Comment

Recently, there was a spike in the awareness of the influence businesses can have on the environment. Businesses of various size and backgrounds have begun implementing environmental sustainability strategies. These corporations have proposed all sorts of recycling programs and aspire to reduce their carbon emissions as a way to reduce the harmful effects of their business processes. Despite that, these aren’t the only ways organizations can make a difference. Some are taking a big-picture approach by scrutinizing each and every step of their product lifecycle and utilizing green supply chain management practices throughout the board. Over the last 15 years, Starbucks and Conservation International have worked together to build a more sustainable coffee industry. Throughout the course of this work together, Starbucks has invested over $70 million to promote sound environmental coffee production practices that support growers, their communities and healthy coffee landscapes around the world. The C.A.F.E. Practices program which was established in 2004, is designed to drive the adoption of social, environmental and economic best practices among coffee growers and processors – there are specific regulations to comply with. In terms of social …

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Sustainable Coffee & Environmental Future

In # 6: Sustainability by JanelleLeave a Comment

What is sustainability? From the producer, distributor, to the individual, sustainability is using resources wisely. Producing and consuming within our means is sustainable, this means planning for the future in regard to our impact on the local, regional, and global scale. The all around practice in continuous environmental survival is a consciousness in regard to long-term care of ecosystems now and for the future. Coffee is in jeopardy   of being less-available due to higher carbon emissions in the atmosphere which are warming the planet causing the inability of the highly sought after plant to grow. Kickapoo Coffee Roasters, “situated near the scenic Kickapoo River in the Driftless region of southwest Wisconsin” roasts organic coffee from Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatamala, and Kenya. Their mission is to provide sustainable business practices through direct producer fair trade relationships with growers who implement high standard environmental farming practices which in turn produce quality coffee. Kickapoo Coffee Roasters is a 23 person team and owner-member of Cooperative Coffees’ a coffee cooperative importing business whose mission is to work with small scale coffee producers to provide sustainably produced …

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What Sustainability Programs Does PEPSICO have in place?

In # 6: Sustainability by TannerLeave a Comment

Sustainability programs have become an extremely important topic within the last few years. PepsiCo announced an environmental sustainability program back in 2010. Their goal was to initially, save money, reduce its water per unit of production by 23 percent, and reduce the amount of their waste that reached landfills. These were their three starting goals that they wanted to accomplish by jump starting a sustainability program. Plenty more came afterwards. In 2006, they wanted to reduce water use per unit of production by 23 percent over a long period of time. By 2015 they have already reduced it by 20 percent. So far this has saved them approximately $17 million. By 2014, 93% of the was stopped from reaching landfills because 90% of the waste was recycled and reused. PepsiCo wants to be as healthy as a sugary filled drink can be, by working hard to achieve one of their biggest goals in reducing sodium, added sugars and saturated fats in its foods and beverages. They say that 50 percent of their key countries have the reduction of saturated fats …

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Got milk?

In # 6: Sustainability by Nevada2 Comments

The legal definition of sustainable agriculture, from the USDA, is defined as the means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site specific application that will over the long-term: satisfy human food and fiber needs, enhance environmental quality, make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources, sustain economic viability of farm operations, and enhance the quality of life for society as a whole. Farms and ranches are in control of how they can improve their sustainability. An emerging trend in sustainability is the use of on-farm and local resources. Prairieland Dairy, located right here in Nebraska, is a company that is doing just that.   Prairieland Dairy is a four-family operation that focused on sustainability for their dairy farm. Their sustainability focuses range from the soil that the dairy is located on to the milk that leaves the farm. With such focus, Prairieland Dairy has won the award for Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability from the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.   Beginning with the soil, Prairieland starts with the compost that is made from the farm’s …

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Coca-Cola’s sustainability program

In # 6: Sustainability by LukeLeave a Comment

Coca-Cola, like most food based companies, has a suitability program. These programs work partially as a PR program to help establish it as a company that cares about the earth but it also helps the company in the long run by protecting the lands that make them money. Being one of the largest companies in the world, Coca-Cola has multiple sustainability programs but their water sustainability program is their largest program that is solely about the environment. This also makes a lot of sense because since Coca-Cola’s biggest product is Coke and the main ingredient in Coke is water. Their main goal was to be able to replenish 100% of the water that it uses. What this means is that for every ounce of water that they use at one of their packaging plants they put back an ounce of water back into the environment. This may not seem like a big deal since all water eventually ends up being reused because of the water cycle but because the sheer amount of Coke produced would use all the water in an …

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Can Breweries be Sustainable? Of Coors they Can.

In # 6: Sustainability by Leo2 Comments

This past fall break, I had the opportunity to tour the Coors brewery in Golden, Colorado. There, I learned of their exceptional sustainability program. Currently, Coors is partnered with Miller, and the MillerCoors Headquarters are located in Chicago Illinois. Between them, they have eight major breweries that are landfill free, meaning, they do not ship any waste to landfills. This is just one way that MillerCoors is working towards sustainability. MillerCoors has set several goals for itself. A common theme for many of these goals is water. They are continuously trying to cut down on water usage, striving for a 3:1 water to beer ratio. As of 2015, they are at a 3.29:1.0 ratio, so while they still have a way to go, they’re getting close to their goal. They are also trying to restore water in their operating locations. They plan on doing this through agricultural improvements, forest management to reduce soil erosion, and by planting vegetation native to their environment. I will admit that when I think of sustainability, I only think of nature and the environment. However, …

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Dole Food Company Prepares for the Future with Sustainability Plans

In # 6: Sustainability, Leftovers by Elizabeth1 Comment

Dole, as one of the largest fruit and vegetable producing companies in the world, can play a huge role in the sustainability of the industry in the future. As a company that mostly deals with fresh and canned produce, maintaining the environment and land is most beneficial, considering their product is heavily influenced by the state of the environment. Luckily, Dole has realized this notion and like several other companies in the industry, has created a sustainability program that will be useful in maintaining the condition of the environment, and more importantly for Dole, the condition of the soil and land. Dole’s sustainability program can be split up into four different sectors: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation, and packaging. Each play an important role in the sustaining of our natural resources. The most pressing at the moment of these initiatives is water management. According to Dole’s website, “75% of water used worldwide is for agriculture.” Of that 75 percent nearly two-thirds is lost to the atmosphere and environment, due to inefficient irrigation and evaporation. To combat this heavy loss of water from …

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Some companies need to Ketchup to Heinz

In # 6: Sustainability by Jenna1 Comment

The Environmental Protection Agency defines sustainability as the ‘maintenance of the environment under which humans can support present and future generations’. As the world population steadily approaches 8 billion people, sustainability and conservation need to be utilized in food production. It is important for the food industry to efficiently use resources for environmental protection and to combat scarcity. Food companies recognize the importance of efficiency in food production and have started to adapt sustainability programs. Heinz is an example of a food company that has adapted a sustainable program which encompasses sustainable agriculture and environment protection policies. The sustainability mission statement for Heinz is “dedicate[ion] to the sustainable health of people, the planet, and [the] Company”.  They aim to develop sustainability not only within the company but also across other businesses and countries around the world. Part of their 9 established goals is to reduce all the following in their production: greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, water consumption, solid waste, packaging material, and transportation fossil fuel emission. The rest of the goals are comprised of increasing use of renewable energy …

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