Fresh Express Implements New Sustainability Objectives; Fabian Pereira Comments
ORLANDO, FL - Not one to let challenges stand in the way of its goals, Fresh Express has adopted new measures to achieve its North American sustainability objectives in the face of global supply chain hurdles.
“At Fresh Express, we are always seeking new and inventive ways to address our ongoing sustainability priorities,” Fabian Pereira, Vice President, said. “And given the amount of corrugate required for our operations over time, even moderate reductions can have a significant impact.”
Recently, the value-added fresh salad company adopted the use of reduced gauge corrugate to overcome shortages, while also contributing to increased sustainability, according to a release. This comes as the supplier continues to strive across all of its operations to make positive environmental impacts.
When it comes to growing, Fresh Express farmers use soil health best practices of no-till, crop rotation, drought-resilient seeds, yield improvement, and soil and water retention. The company also works closely with energy providers to source more renewable energy and has implemented solar in its fields to power machinery and multiple operations. Additionally, Fresh Express has replaced one-third of fluorescent bulbs with energy-friendly LED.
On the transportation front, Fresh Express requires contracted carrier fleets to utilize updated and fuel-efficient equipment, and a majority also participate in the United States Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay program to reduce carbon emissions.
In its commitment to zero waste, the company works with vendors across all five regional manufacturing centers to reduce the amount of waste materials coming into and being generated by facilities, invests in reusable containers, and executes a proactive recycling program to divert materials away from landfills and incineration.
“We are proud of our focus on the environment and the large and small changes we make every day, 365,” Pereira added. “Every policy, procedure, and physical change we make build upon one another to achieve meaningful and measurable long-term differences.”
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