4 results for month: 11/2014


Environmental Achievements Through Industry Collaboration

The Potato Sustainability Initiative is the result of requests from McDonalds shareholders to address pesticides in potato production. In 2010, suppliers Simplot, McCain’s and Lamb-Weston joined the National Potato Council, Canada Potato Council and IPM Institute to develop an integrated pest management survey for potato growers to complete annually. The project has expanded to address elements of environmental, social and economic sustainability. Metrics that will measure and evaluate the effectiveness of the practices are also being developed. Heinz, Cavendish and Basic American Foods have also joined the initiative. The aim is to have a ...

Helping Farmers & the Planet, Staying Close to Home

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Source: Red TomatoWith Red Tomato and 24 tree fruit growers, created an eco-label that has been recognized by the White House and by the International IPM Symposium for recreating the infrastructure needed to bring ecologically grown  local fruit to supermarkets in the Northeast. We continue our partnership with Red Tomato on this project, providing ...

Fair Food Program Makes National Debut

New stand-alone site explains Fair Food Program's approach to real, measurable social responsibility October 25, 2014  The first-ever Fair Food label went national Friday marking the latest milestone in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' two-decade-long journey to improve the lives of Florida farm workers. Similar to the "cruelty-free" or "fair trade" labels on other products, the logo brands tomatoes harvested by workers paid a premium and guaranteed human rights in the field. "We have waited nearly five years before revealing this label to the world today," said the coalition's Cruz Salucio in a statement. "Over those years, we have been ...

Stocking Sustainability in the Produce Department

Whole Foods Market wanted to build on successful rating programs in meat and seafood by recognizing top performing produce and floral vendors in a global supply chain with thousands of products. Our team worked with Whole Foods and suppliers ranging from small family farms to multinational companies to create the Responsibly Grown Rating System to incentivize excellence in key aspects of sustainable agriculture. Winner of the 2014 Whole Foods Market Supplier Award for Outstanding Quality Assurance.