While you are on the portal, check out the Technical Checklist
. We've taken the former excel-based tool and created an online version that provides best practices for energy, water and waste management within a food and beverage manufacturing facility. It can be used to identify potential opportunities and provide support for building solid project business cases.
Sustainability Spotlight Highlights
Club Coffee, Canada's largest roaster, manufacturer and distributor of packaged coffees turned the spotlight on innovation. In 2015, the company made a commitment to PurPod100, the world's first certified 100 per cent compostable single serve pod for coffee, tea and other hot beverages as part of their sustainability strategy.
More recently well-known brands in Canada and the U.S. have done the same
Brad Wiseman, CFO, EarthFresh Foods - a company specializing in premium potatoes, carrots, onions for Canadian retail and foodservice - spoke candidly on a small company's transition to integrating sustainability into the business plan and the importance of planning, communication and celebration.
"Sustainability is becoming deeply ingrained into our culture and values as a company," said Tim Faveri, VP Sustainability & Shared Value, Maple Leaf Foods. "These values strongly impact how we raise our animals. Animal care is a core priority for Maple Leaf, as we strive to be a leader in sustainability."
Participants enjoyed the format and opportunities to network and learn; 73 per cent of evaluation respondents indicated the event exceeded their expectations.
Clinton Buttar, Senior Relationship Manager, Farm Credit Canada said, “The sustainability spotlight was an excellent event. It gave those in attendance the opportunity to not only network with industry contacts who have/are going through their own sustainability change program currently, but further the opportunity to witness it in action at local businesses. Each of the tours, businesses visited, and key speaker presentations were informative and eye opening to the opportunities that exist in our food and beverage industry across the various sectors. I came away both informed and better armed on how sustainability can have far reaching implications for all businesses.”