Food Logistics' Top Green Providers

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


DSC is also measuring water, electricity, propane, and gas usage at all of its Logistics Centers, which are used to create summary tools for benchmarking for internal and customer reporting.

 

Ecologic Brands

(www.ecologicbrands.com)

Ecologic Brands designs and manufactures sustainable packaging solutions, including a bottle constructed with a molded fiber outer shell made from recycled cardboard boxes and old newspapers, integrated with a thin plastic inner pouch suitable for various categories, include food and beverages.

Two years ago, the company tested a prototype bottle with Straus Family Creamery, and organic California dairy. “A six-week in-store test with non-fat milk at a Whole Foods Market in Oakland, California showed that consumers are ready for molded fiber bottles,” says Ecologic Brands. Straus experienced a 72 percent boost in sales for non-fat milk over the previous year and a 21 percent increase in overall sales.

Ecologic’s bottle debuted in March 2011 with Seventh Generation’s new 4X detergent, which is now among the ten best selling detergents in the natural grocery channel. The bottle is carried in over 7,000 stores across the U.S., including Target and Kroger, and is currently rolling into 500+ stores across Canada.

 

ECS European Containers NV

(www.ecs.be)

ECS is a 45-foot intermodal logistics operator, specializing in transportation between the UK and Ireland and mainland Europe.

The company has been leading a movement to transport frozen vegetables and potatoes between Belgium and Italy by rail instead of road with revolutionary 45-foot Diesel Electric Reefer containers.

A number of the world’s leading food companies have lent their support to the strategy, even though rail transport has never been used before for these types of shipments.

 

England Logistics

(www.englandlogistics.com)

In mid-2011, England Logistics joined the EPA’s SmartWay program, earning a score of 125—the highest score a logistics company can receive. The company has also pursued measures to improve internal systems that have helped it and its carrier network improve route optimization, decreasing mileage between origin and destination, and reducing fuel consumption.

In addition, through its England Carrier Services divsion, England Logistics offers carriers discounts on energy efficient tires that help produce better gas mileage.

 

enVista

(www.envistacorp.com)

enVista provides supply chain consulting services to a wide range of food and beverage clients. The company’s Six Sigma certified consultants implement LEAN supply chain processes that remove supply chain waste from source to consumption. enVista’s supply chain network analysis and design projects reduce carbon emissions and transportation costs and unnecessary distribution centers.

Through strategic training, enVista’s consultants address all types of supply chain waste for its clients. They regularly work with food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers, grocers, and wholesalers to design facilities that require the least energy, design processes that are the most efficient, and recommend systems, services, and solutions that address their business requirements, while supporting green (and LEAN) objectives.

FST Logistics

(www.fstusa.com)

Columbus, Ohio-based FST Logistics participates in several government-sponsored environmental programs, including the EPA’s SmartWay and the Green Power Partnership, which requires the company to submit specific data on energy usage and resource consumption.

According to a company executive, “On a more basic level, we have common benchmarks that are very visible to us that have shown some of the changes we have made are making a difference,” she said. “For example, our electrical consumption in our warehouses has been reduced by almost half due to the installation of motion-sensor lighting, new quick charge forklifts, and by reinsulating cooler areas.”

 

GENCO ATC

(www.gencoatc.com)

GENCO ATC continuously displays a commitment to sustainability through its operational excellence and focus on green initiatives. For starters, the company tracks utility usage, water usage, waste, and recycling. Currently, GENCO ATC tracks these metrics through an Intranet page. They also track non-environmental metrics, such as charitable donations and tuition reimbursement.

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