Lamb Weston / Meijer publishes key results of sustainability programme
Potato processing leader makes real progress with 2020 roadmap.
Lamb Weston / Meijer, which manufactures frozen potato products and dried potato flakes, today published its third sustainability report.
The report highlights the significant progress made with the sustainability agenda between 2012 and 2014, at all stages of the supply chain, from field to fork. The key results are saving direct water use by 7 percent - or 285 million litres - per year, reducing direct energy use by 21 percent per year and increasing the potato utilisation by 4.3 percent per year versus their 2008 baseline. Based on these results, Lamb Weston / Meijer is well on track to achieve their 2020 sustainability targets. The full report is available online at: www.lambweston-sustainable.com
The sustainability approach of Lamb Weston / Meijer focuses on six specific areas, which are most closely related to the company’s core activities. These are: Water, Energy & Emissions, Potato & Waste, Employees, Food Safety & Quality and Nutrition & Health.
The potato processing company has made real progress towards reaching their 2020 sustainability targets. For example, the equivalent of 114 Olympic swimming pools of fresh water per year was saved, versus the 2008 baseline; a reduction of the yearly direct energy use by the equivalent of 11,000 Dutch households was realised; and 51,600 tonnes less potatoes were used to make the same finished product, greatly increasing the potato utilisation.
Additionally, zero waste is going to landfill. Today, 99.7 percent of the by-products and waste streams – representing 300,000 tonnes of mainly potato-based materials – find a useful destination. The use of healthier frying oils, less salt and introducing product innovations contribute to a product that meets current global food trends.
"If we want our industry to truly be sustainable, we need to focus on the total supply chain. That’s why we believe in Creating Shared Value in everything we do. If we want to be relevant as a company over the long term, we have to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in a number of ways. For us sustainability is a company imperative and the way we do business. We consider it our responsibility to play an active and leading role in our industry on sustainable development."