Greener Fields Together gets sustainable results - The Packer

Greener Fields Together gets sustainable results

11/13/2013 03:05:00 PM
Rachel English

Greener Fields Together, a Monterey, Calif.-based foodservice sustainability initiative created by Pro*Act, has a series of produce company case studies on the program.

D’Arrigo Bros. Co., Mission Produce, Grimmway Farms and Rainier Fruit Co. have reduced emissions, and improved irrigation and recycling methods programs, according to a news release.

D’Arrigo Bros. Co. recently merged several of its facilities into one location to reduce transportation between fields and coolers. The merge shaved 300,000 miles off of annual transportation. according to the release.

Mission Produce installed an automated water and nutrient managing system at its San Luis Obispo, Calif., avocado orchard. The system uses less water and fertilizer. saving resources and money.

Grimmway Farms committed to a Zero Waste strategy with a goal of preventing, reducing or recycling 80% of its landfill waste.

A 2012 renovation to Rainier Fruit Co.’s organic facility in Prosser, Wash. The company is now 35% more efficient, according to the release.

“These are large, high-volume, sophisticated farming organizations that supply fresh fruits and vegetables to foodservice and consumer kitchens nationwide and beyond. Every move they make to improve the sustainability of their operations has a real impact on their products, their consumption of natural resources, and ultimately on the health of the planet,” said Max Yeater, president of Pro*Act, in a news release.

Other companies in the Greener Fields Together program include Sunkist Growers Inc., NewStar Fresh Foods, Taylor Farms California Inc. and Naturipe Farms.



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