Food Logistics' Top Green Providers

Sustainability is a cornerstone for these leading companies in our industry.


AL Pallet USA

(www.alpalletusa.com)

Aluminum is at the top of the recycling chain due to its infinite recyclability without any degradation in quality. It’s also the material of choice for AL Pallet, whose pallets are made of 100 percent recyclable aluminum.

The company’s pallets are extremely durable and are ideal for clean rooms. They are also lightweight, fireproof, non-corrosive, repairable, and compliant with ISPM 15 regulation—a perfect fit for the food and beverage sector.

 

ArrowStream

(www.arrowstream.com)

ArrowStream’s Inbound Transportation Management (ITM) solution has helped food and beverage distribution companies become more sustainable in their inbound logistics.

ITM establishes collaborative decision-making between Purchasing and Logistics, and connects existing replenishment and transportation management systems into a unique, patented planning layer. The solution allows food and beverage companies to proactively plan the optimal product flow into distribution facilities, increasing truck utilization, and dramatically reducing the miles driven.

On average, companies have been able to reduce inbound transportation miles by 10 percent.

 

Aspen Logistics

(www.aspenlogistics.com)

Aspen Logistics, a SmartWay partner, is always looking to exceed the industry standards when it comes to sustainability, both for their operation as well as their customers’.

“We always try to surpass the goals of the companies that we serve, bringing them value by taking on their own green initiatives and improving upon them. Some actions that have been implemented through this focus are setting strict idle limits, energy savings modifications and enforcement, recycling programs, and alternative fuel usage, just to name a few,” the company states.

Aspen Logistics has received the Orion Environmental Stewardship Award and has also been recognized by Southern California Edison for the power savings in Salt Lake City, UT and Victorville, CA.

 

BlueStar Energy

(www.bluestarenergy.com)

In February, BlueStar Energy Solutions, an independent retail electricity supplier and one of the fastest growing energy suppliers in the U.S., partnered with the Beverage Retailers Alliance of Illinois (BRAI) in an exclusive affiliation to extend savings on electricity supply, renewable energy, and energy efficiency solutions.

Through the exclusive energy supplier affiliation, BRAI members are averaging savings of 20 percent off their electricity supply compared to their current utility rate.

 

BrightFarms

(www.brightfarms.com)

Talk about shortening the supply chain…BrightFarms’ take is to build hydroponic greenhouse farms at, or near, the supermarket in order to dramatically shorten the supply chain and simultaneously provide the freshest produce possible to consumers. Each greenhouse has an advanced control system that monitors and records all environmental data, such as water use and temperature.

According to the company, “We are scaling up ‘local food,’ which is important for many reasons. Local food sustains communities, culturally and financially, and the dramatically shorter produce supply chain is better for people and the planet. We’re also demonstrating that there are creative ways to solve the challenges of the long and complex food supply chains that promote accountability and sustainability.”

 

C.R. England

(www.crengland.com)

C.R. England continually strives to be more sustainable through testing and implementing aerodynamic equipment, decreasing idle, and finding ways to reduce weight on the tractor and trailer. The company also uses technologies that allow the trucks to run more efficiently. In addition, C.R. England’s intermodal fleet is continuing to grow, including its TempStack refrigerated container fleet.

TempStack is a 53-foot temperature-controlled container network. The technology double-stacks two high-volume reefer containers on a railroad flatcar. Each load that travels by rail is one less truck on the road.

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