Results


Documenting Sustainability with Specialty Crop Producers

With the success of the Sysco Sustainable/IPM Program, producers have expressed the need to similarly document and report their performance to buyers and others, including in conjunction with food safety audits. In response, we are working with the Azzule Systems™ and PrimusLabs™ to develop a third-party sustainable agriculture certification -- the Sustainable Food Group Sustainability Standard Certification. The standard addresses soil health, pest management and agrochemicals, waste and recycling, water, energy, processing, employee relations and conservation. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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10+ Years Lowering Risk to Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains

In 2002, Sysco food service engaged us to develop a program for its processed fruit and vegetable supply chain. We surveyed suppliers to capture baseline data, and then worked with Sysco, its food processor suppliers and growers to create goals, criteria for a meaningful program, standards and procedures to achieve our goals. We continue to maintain the standards, review supplier programs, coordinate annual reporting and a semi-annual supplier conference, and manage an advisory council including Sysco leadership, suppliers and independent scientists. The program has ...

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