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Packaging, Factories, and Transportation

We’ve taken concrete actions to limit our environmental impact and have seen the results. We are reducing C02 emissions, saving water, and using more renewable energy.

Packaging

For all our packaging, we are making progress by decreasing our environmental footprint more and more.

Cans
= 100 % recyclable

The metal used to make cans is 100% recyclable and can be used over and over. A can that you put in your recycling bin can therefore be endlessly “reincarnated” as other metal objects, including more tin cans!

Decreasing Packaging

We are decreasing the surface area of certain packets, making cans thinner, and calculating the minimum size for cardboard containers. We are continually reducing the packaging of our products as well as the packaging used to transport them.

Consider placing your empty cans in the recycling bin, otherwise they will never be recycled and reused.

More Already Recycled Materials

Various projects have been launched including efforts to use recycled saran wrap, prepared food covers made of 100% recycled PET, and packaging cardboard that has been recycled.

NO WASTE

Our goal is for 100% of harvested vegetables to be used. To reach this goal, we organize harvests and supplies to factories as strictly as possible.

Making Calculations Before, Not After

Knowing what you need is the first step in preventing waste. For us, consumption needs determine the area dedicated to crops, not the opposite.

We use ABSOLUTELY ALL vegetables that have been harvested.

100% of harvested vegetables are used. None of our vegetables are thrown away. A bean that is for example not the right size may be used in another recipe. Even green bean stalks are used for compost, to feed animals, or for methanation to produce energy.

Products that Limit Waste

Frozen and canned foods do not go bad sitting at the back of your fridge. In other words, because they can be stored long-term, they naturally limit waste.

Donating the Surplus

We donate products like canned foods that have been slightly dented but are still usable to help fight against food waste. Our factories donate the surplus from their daily activities as well as products nearing their expiration dates to local associations.

TRANSPORTATION

In 2015-2016, we saved close to 7,000 tons of CO2 emissions largely thanks to transportation! With our new practices, our CO2 emissions have significantly decreased.

Shared Transportation

Inspired by the ride-sharing model, we have launched an initiative to co-transport compatible products with other companies serving the same customer. We plan to develop this practice even more in the future.

1,500 trucks not used per year, the equivalent of 140 tons of CO2

Sometimes even packaging production occurs in the factory, as is the case in the factory in Novotitarovskaya, Russia, among others, where a Wall-to-Wall workshop for creating cans has been created.

Close Fields, Factories, and Consumers

Our factories are as close as possible to production fields and our customer's plates to limit transportation as much as we can. This has the double advantage that the vegetables are fresh when they arrive at our facilities and the carbon footprint of our activities is limited.

Railways Instead of Roads

We have replaced part of our road transportation with trains for multiple flows. Switching to trains has been a success and this model will be expanded to other trips.

Boats

While the vast majority of our vegetables are grown in the country where they will be consumed, some do travel a bit. We use maritime routes to distribute vegetables grown in southern climes and we are hoping to further develop our contacts in this field. Rivers could also be used advantageously and we have begun research into this possibility.

ENERGY AND RESOURCES

In our factories, we use natural resources reasonably, aiming for zero waste.

Significant Water Savings


Water consumption in our factories has gone down 50% over 10 years. How? It’s due to our daily involvement and investment in this issue. We now have stopcocks, water meters, and new machines that use less water, and we reuse water and raise the awareness of our teams.

More Clean Energy Sources


We are in the midst of an energy transition, with the proportion of energy from renewable sources increasing every year. In Hungry, Canada, and France, we are creating more partnerships and using equipment to promote the use of energy from plants and organic materials (biomass and biogas).

More Clean Energy Sources


We are in the midst of an energy transition, with the proportion of energy from renewable sources increasing every year. In Hungry, Canada, and France, we are creating more partnerships and using equipment to promote the use of energy from plants and organic materials (biomass and biogas).

Recycling Waste


Recycling is one of our priorities for decreasing our carbon footprint. We look at the big picture and ensure the vast majority of our everyday industrial waste is recycled.

The largest vegetable factory in the world is in France and 60% of its energy is from alternative sources thanks to a biomass co-generator.

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