14 May 2021
On target with sustainability goals
POTATO processor Lamb Weston has achieved most of the sustainability goals it set itself for 2020, its recent 2019-2020 report reveals.
The company has now unveiled its 2030 Sustainability Agenda.
Compared to the reference year 2008, 90% of its frozen products are pre-fried in healthier vegetable oil, low in saturated fat. Furthermore, Lamb Weston / Meijer reused, recycled, or recovered 99.9% of its processing by-products and waste streams.
In the six European factories, the direct CO2 emissions generated per kg of product are reduced by 42%, whereas its product carbon footprint -from field to freezer- was reduced by 22%.
CEO Lamb Weston / Meijer Marc Schroeder said: “We consider it our responsibility to have an active and leading role in creating a better future. We want to ensure that growing and processing potatoes remains possible for many generations to come. The humble and nutritious potato is key to everything we do, and we are always seeing possibilities in potatoes.”
Meijer released its Sustainability Agenda 2030 contains three key challenge:
1.To support consumers in their transition to a balanced diet.
2. To contribute to a fully circular food and agriculture business.
3. To reduce its impact on the planet. The company will achieve this by further reducing its carbon and water footprint, and source sustainably, focusing on the following three key areas: Sustainable Operations, Sustainable Agriculture and Sustainable Supply Chain.
Lamb Weston / Meijer started in 2020 an employee engagement program with 2% of its workforce: the Changemakers. In the coming three years this Changemakers group will be extended to 10% of the employees who help build and share the sustainability stories and guide their teams to better understand how they can contribute to the Lamb Weston / Meijer sustainability goals.