Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Inside ConAgra's sustainable supply chain

The tireless search for sustainable practices—in farms, factories, and all the way to the grocery shelves—lies at the heart of innovations implemented at the supply chain of one of America's largest food companies.

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ConAgra Foods, makers of food brands Americans have loved for decades, has carried out improvements in its supply chain system, not only by streamlining processes that ensure an efficient flow of goods, but also by crafting plans that address climate change and global warming, along with other environment-friendly objectives.

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The renowned food company's blueprint for a responsible and eco-friendly supply chain, developed by current and former executives such as Tom Wolters under its research and innovation team, is encapsulated in this video. The blueprint includes teaching resource-efficient farming strategies to farmers growing their raw materials, implementing energy-efficient practices in the assembly line to reduce carbon footprint, and reducing waste by recovery of both organic and inorganic materials through composting and recycling.

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Also, recognizing climate change and coming from lessons brought by extreme disasters such as Sandy, ConAgra has implemented strategies in building community resilience against calamities so that affected families still have food on the table during emergencies.

Such well-rounded approach to sustainability would not be possible without the cooperation of the stakeholders. ConAgra enlisted everyone involved in the company's supply chain to effectively implement its green strategies and conceive new ones—everyone, from partner farming communities, to factory employees, to executives, has a share in caring for the environment to keep it inhabitable for the coming generations.

Tom Wolter's accomplishments during his tenure as senior director of ConAgra Foods include the implementation of sustainable measures in the company's supply chain. Follow this Twitter page to know why green practices matter to your business.

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