Sustainability: Nourishment is at the Heart of Everything We Do | Pacific Foods

Nourishing our environment is a high priority around here. We’re constantly working to lessen our carbon footprint. We use packaging that requires no energy-intensive refrigeration. We’ve eliminated our trash compactor. We’ve changed the way we use energy. But it’s hardly about the glory. For us, we won’t rest until we’ve left this world a better place. Really, our work has just begun.

We prioritize energy efficiency and renewable energy in our operations. In the past five years we realized energy savings equal to the annual electrical consumption of over 330 homes or the annual greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 500 cars.

Goal: Zero Waste

What goes around...

Around here, the only good waste is no waste. At Pacific, we’ve made “Zero Waste” a long-term company goal. Ambitious? Certainly, but it’s not impossible. Every year we’re using less and repurposing more.

Closing the loop on waste streams means giving organic materials their own second life. We think it’s only fair to allow these spent byproducts to reach their highest potential and minimize the amount of energy and nutrition wasted.

Over 85% of our company waste is now recycled or repurposed. Wastewater solids and fats are sent to biogas facilities, where they are broken down by microorganisms and combusted to generate electricity. 100% of our food scraps are converted into animal feed or compost. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of okara, a byproduct of crushing soybeans for our non-dairy beverages, are made into high-protein animal feed each year. Even the farms’ animal waste is converted into phosphorus irrigation and compost or transformed into bedding. While we’re not ones to brag, we’re proud of our accomplishments. As we see it, the only way to move forward is to leave nothing behind.

Teaming up for Energy Savings

Our Energy Team has completed over 50 distinct energy projects in the last 10 years that have resulted in conserving over 6 million kilowatts of electricity annually. This cross-functional group includes skilled employees from a variety of departments.

The combined expertise and varied backgrounds of the team works well to identify best projects for maximizing energy savings at the lowest cost.  On many projects, Energy Trust of Oregon adds invaluable technical support and incentives so they can do even more.

Just a few examples of Energy Team projects:

  • Installation of solar panels
  • Efficient motors & lighting
  • Heat recycling in boilers and efficient HVAC systems
  • Optimized set points in cold storage and processor controls
  • Fast-acting roll up doors in cold storage rooms

We can’t wait to see what they’ll do next.