In the past two years, Cashmere, Wash.-based sliced apple processor Crunch Pak has made a number of gains toward reducing energy costs, waste and more, said Tony Freytag, senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Some highlights:

  • New high-speed electric doors and high-efficiency cooling units dramatically reduce electricity use in Crunch Pak’s 65,000 square feet of cold storage space.
  • Water conservation measures, including high-efficiency nozzles, reduce water use by more than 2.7 million gallons a year.
  • Reconfiguring the way pallets are stacked in trucks reduces Crunch Pak’s carbon footprint for shipping by 35%.
  • Using recycled post-consumer corrugate in shipping cartons reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 111 tons a year and water use by more than 1 million gallons a year.

The company recycles 500,000 pounds of apple waste a week through biomass generators, cattle feedlots and compost programs.

About 70% of packaging materials are made from recycled water bottles.

By supporting the country’s largest organic apple growers, Crunch Pak helps reduce the amount of petroleum-based pesticides and fertilizers used.