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Lamb Weston / Meijer publishes key results of sustainability programme

02 March 2015

Potato processing leader makes real progress with 2020 sustainability roadmap.

Lamb Weston / Meijer, which manufactures frozen potato products and dried potato flakes, has published its third sustainability report. The report highlights the significant progress made with our sustainability agenda between 2012 and 2014, at all stages of the supply chain, from field to fork. The key results are saving our direct water usage by 7 percent - or 285 million litres - per year, reducing our direct energy use by 21 percent per year and increasing our potato utilisation by 4.3 percent per year versus our 2008 baseline. Based on these results, we are well on track to achieve our 2020 sustainability targets. 
Sustainable Six
Our sustainability approach focuses on six specific areas, which are most closely related to the company’s core activities. These are: Water, Energy & Emissions, Potato & Waste, Employees, Food Safety & Quality and Nutrition & Health. 
We have made real progress towards reaching our 2020 sustainability targets. For example, versus our 2008 baseline we now save the equivalent of 114 Olympic swimming pools of fresh water per year; we have reduced our yearly direct energy use by the equivalent of 11,000 Dutch households; and we now use 51,600 fewer tonnes of potatoes to make the same finished product, greatly increasing our potato utilisation.
Additionally, we now send zero waste to landfill. Today, 99.7 percent of our by-products and waste streams – representing 300,000 tonnes of mainly potato-based materials – find a useful destination. We are also using healthier frying oils, less salt and introducing product innovations that help contribute to a product that meets current global food trends. 
Creating Shared Value 
Bas Alblas, CEO at Lamb Weston / Meijer: ‘If we want our industry to truly be sustainable, we need to focus on the total supply chain. That’s why we believe in Creating Shared Value in everything we do. If we want to be relevant as a company over the long term, we have to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders in a number of ways. For us sustainability is a company imperative and the way we do business. We consider it our responsibility to play an active and leading role in our industry on sustainable development.’’
Online sustainability report 2012-2014
The total report meets the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) G4 Core level, while the chapters on Water, Energy & Emissions and Potato & Waste reflect G4 Comprehensive level. A summary of the report, available in six languages, is available online here. Our next sustainability report will be published in 2017.

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