Coral Gables, FL—Fresh Del Monte Produce released its 2019 Sustainability Report, which identifies a series of goals that represent the company’s values and are intended to change the course of the planet for the better, according to a press release.
Some key takeaways:
- Del Monte has exceeded its 10-year target for reduction of energy consumption by 20%, for a net 12% reduction-per-ton of product.
- Since 2013, Del Monte’s banana operations in Costa Rica have been certified carbon neutral.
- As of this fall, Del Monte’s pineapple operations in Costa Rica are certified carbon neutral.
- 100% of the company’s processing facilities and distribution centers have been certified under internationally recognized food safety standards, ahead of its 2020 goal.
- In three years, Del Monte has planted over 700,000 trees in its communities, working toward a goal of 2.5 million by 2025.
Del Monte has also made “considerable progress” in traceability, packaging, pesticide use, infrastructure development, wastewater treatment, and myriad other areas, according to the release.
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The entire report can be read here.
Hans Sauter, SVP Corporate R&D, QA, and Agricultural Services, said in the release: “Long before it was the norm, we put sustainability at the core of who we are as a company. As an agricultural company—and as human beings—we depend on the health and wellbeing of our planet. It’s our top priority, and you see it manifest in our efforts to conserve land, protect and preserve ecosystems, implement sustainable farming practices, and support community growth across the globe. Much work remains, globally and locally, and we have a lot left to learn. But we are excited by this opportunity to work toward a Better World Tomorrow, and for many generations to come.”