- Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. has released its 2022 Sustainability Report, emphasizing its long-standing commitment to environmental conservation.
- The company launched Del Monte Zero™ Pineapple, a carbon-neutral product that offsets emissions from farm to market.
- Fresh Del Monte achieved a 26% reduction in its Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2022, nearing its Science-Based Target initiative-approved goal.
- The company diverted 93% of food waste from landfills and joined the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment.
- Fresh Del Monte’s sustainability efforts have earned it several accolades, including a ranking on Newsweek’s America’s Most Trusted Companies of 2023 list.
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., a global leader in producing, marketing, and distributing fresh and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, has unveiled its 2022 Sustainability Report. The report reaffirms the company’s commitment to sustainable practices, including reducing emissions, minimizing water usage, and combating food waste.
A Carbon-Neutral Milestone
One of the most notable achievements in the report is the launch of Del Monte Zero™ Pineapple. This carbon-neutral pineapple offsets emissions from the farm to the market and has been certified by SCS Global Services. The certification results from Fresh Del Monte’s long-standing program of carefully curated farms incorporating conservation and reforestation areas to sequester CO2.
Emission Reduction Goals
Fresh Del Monte reported a 26% decrease in its Scope 1 and 2 emissions in 2022. This significant reduction is attributed to optimizing fertilizer usage, fuel consumption, and facility heating adjustments. The company is now at a 94% completion rate towards its Science-Based Target initiative-approved goal of reducing emissions by 27.5% compared to a 2020 base year.
Combatting Food Waste
The company has taken a proactive stance against food waste, diverting 93% of it from landfills in 2022. The company became the first grower to join the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment, pledging to reduce food waste across its operations.
Renewable Energy and Other Initiatives
Fresh Del Monte also focuses on renewable energy sources, with 21% of its global electricity consumption coming from renewable sources last year. The installation of solar panels at its Costa Rica banana operation has reduced monthly kWh usage by 46%.
Accolades and Recognition
The company’s sustainability efforts have not gone unnoticed. The company was ranked 14th in the Food and Beverage category for two consecutive years among U.S.-based companies on Newsweek’s America’s Most Trusted Companies of 2023 list. It was also named a Humankind 100 company by Humankind Investments.
For more details, the full sustainability report can be found at Fresh Del Monte’s official website.
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