Five key areas where the company is making improvements to be more environmentally sustainable, according to the company, are:
1. Reduction of solid waste – Hormel Foods in 2014 implemented projects that reduced the amount of solid waste sent to landfills by more than 20 percent.
2. Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions – Hormel Foods reported that it reduced emissions of greenhouse gas from its domestic manufacturing operations by more than 2,500 metric tons.
3. Reduced energy use – In 2014, Hormel reduced its energy use by 17,400 million British Thermal Units (MMBTU).
4. Less water use – Hormel’s water usage during the 2014 reporting period was reduced by 0.082 billion gallons.
5. Reduction in product packaging – Hormel Foods reduced its product packaging by 8.27 million pounds in 2014.
“Our achievements in 2014 illustrate the dedication we have to being a responsible food manufacturer,” said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Hormel Foods.
This is the ninth corporate responsibility report released by Hormel Foods. The diverse meat, poultry and food company will continue to report on its environmental and social performance annually. The company’s next report will be released in June 2016 for data spanning from November 2014 to October 2015.