Sustainability business updates - The Packer

Sustainability business updates

07/06/2012 01:12:00 PM
Cynthia David

He said Grimmway continues to upgrade its equipment to become more fuel efficient and reduce its carbon footprint.

The company also plans to implement a zero-waste program throughout its Cal Organic operation.

Mann Packing cuts waste, harvest times

After farming in California’s Salinas Valley for more than a century, Salinas-based Mann Packing Inc. is an expert at maximizing crop yields and limiting waste, said Elena Hernandez, marketing and communication specialist.

A customized harvester creates lower emissions and faster harvest times, Hernandez said, while crop rotation and trimming and thinning by hand rather than with chemicals lead to healthier soil and plants.

Mann’s Broccoli Slaw includes usable parts of the stalk, she said, and Romaine Leaf Singles are convenient and use portions of the head that were once discarded.

Unused vegetable trimmings are fed to dairy cattle.

Ocean Mist Farms uses energy-efficient motors

Saving energy, reducing waste and preventing pollution are priorities at Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms.

LED lighting in all facilities and energy-efficient variable speed motors placed on refrigeration fans, condensers, farm sump pumps and irrigation booster pumps have saved 150 tons of carbon dioxide a year, said Kori Tuggle, director of marketing and business development.

By conserving fuel, replacing old equipment and servicing equipment regularly, the vegetable grower-shipper reports fuel savings equivalent to removing 1,033 passenger cars from the road each year.

To date, Ocean Mist has also diverted 46.2 tons of waste materials to recycling and recycled enough water to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool, Tuggle said.

Pear Bureau Northwest uses ecofriendly paper

Milwaukie, Ore.-based Pear Bureau Northwest has found a new way to “green” its point-of-sale materials.

Communications director Cristie Mather said the bureau keeps a large inventory of POS materials for retailers to help engage and educate their shoppers about pears.

“In the past, we printed many of our materials on plastic or synthetic paper so they would be more durable,” said Mather.

“We now work with our printers to use more eco-friendly recycled cardstock, which is durable but also recyclable and biodegradable.”

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