Sustainability & The Environment
Our commitment to implementing ever more environmentally friendly production and distribution methods brings benefits for everyone – streamlined processes can deliver cost efficiencies while minimised waste is good for all of us.
This commitment to investing in sustainable technologies makes us the juice manufacturer with the lowest carbon footprint per litre of juice produced. In fact, our measured indicators under the site’s IPPC licence are significantly lower than comparable businesses in our industry.
In a fast-paced, competitive market where consumers are increasingly choosing products for their green credentials, we pass on that advantage to our customers – our low carbon strategy has already attracted new environmentally aware customers such as Innocent Drinks, Sunraysia and AG Barr.
We’ve built sustainability into the fabric of our operation wherever possible:
Building Design – we’ve invested over £100 million to date in building a facility that’s second to none in terms of sustainability.
Reduced Food Miles – our combined manufacturing and distribution facility saves over 260,000 food miles every year – that’s around 400 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Vehicle Utilisation – Working with our partners, we’ve invested in eight specialist juice road tankers to improve payload capacity by 7% - equal to removing up to 184 vehicle movements each year from UK and European roads, saving around 27,000 food miles and 41 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
Reduced Utility Consumption – Our £100 million investment in our new plant has achieved a staggering 78% reduction in effluent, 51% reduction in electricity use and a 40% reduction in water use. New, high speed, efficient machinery and optimal production layouts have also delivered a 30% reduction in machine waste.
Renewable Energy from Waste Juice – In partnership with a local chilled store, we have created a highly sustainable, innovative and world-leading solution that turns waste fruit juice into energy. By using an Anaerobic Digestion system to produce power, the cost of chilling and freezing raw materials is now fixed and stable, while surplus electricity is exported back to the National Grid, so generating income. Overall, we have achieved:
- Zero finished goods waste to landfill since 2009
- A 98% reduction in waste delivery road miles
- 650 kilowatt capacity AD plant run on ‘waste juice’ to power a cold store
- Waste by-product that is used by the local farming community as an organic fertiliser, eliminating the need for expensive and energy intensive manufactured fertilisers
- Invested a further £1million in increasing capacity of the original Plant by a factor of three, helping to fulfil the national power requirement with energy from renewable sources
Fareshare – For nearly 10 years, we’ve been supplying Fareshare with around 1million servings of juice each year to distribute free to underprivileged people in inner cities. It’s a great way to improve individual lives through better diet and nutrition and in doing so we meet our obligation to make the best use of the planet’s resources.