Food Logistics' Top Green Providers

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


MTC’s installation of a solar system at its Port of Baltimore facility not only makes a positive impact on the environment, but promotes a positive image for both the food and beverage sector and the cold storage industry as well.

The 737 kW solar array supplies 20 percent of the company’s power needs. MTC Logistics estimates the project will add significant value to the facility’s property value too.

In addition, MTC’s system monitoring provides real time information such as 1) CO2 offsets, 2) the number of gallons of gas saved, and 3) the total energy produced and converted into tons of CO saved.

 

Murphy Warehouse Company

(www.murphywarehouse.com)

Murphy Warehouse has a number of sustainable achievements in its pocket, but one that stands out is its storm water management initiative.

Over 2,000 cities across the U.S. have enacted storm water fees to meet EPA mandates, and for many logistics campuses with acres of non-impervious surfaces (concrete, building roofs, etc.) the fees can really add up.

In 2007, Murphy Warehouse’s 22-acre logistics campus in Minneapolis was hit with an annual storm water fee of $68,000—since that time, the fee has risen 21 percent. In response, the company installed a $580,000 storm water management system to convert the older, 95 percent impervious campus to modern storm water management standards. When the system was completed in 2009, it was so efficient that Murphy Warehouse no longer had to pay the city storm water fee.

 

Next Generation Logistics

(www.nextgeneration.com)

Next Generation Logistics has over 24 years of experience in providing supply chain consulting, managed freight services, and TMS software.

The company’s FreightMaster TMS builds the most efficient routes to minimize miles and maximize capacity. FreightMaster TMS also manages carriers that participate in the EPA’s SmartWay program and makes recommendations based on the Carbon Index Score. The FreightMaster TMS also features powerful analytics that allow users to track, manage, and analyze their carbon footprint.

 

PECO Pallet

(www.pecopallet.com)

As a North American leader in pallet pooling, PECO Pallet provides a more sustainable shipping platform for grocery and consumer goods manufacturers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company’s wood block pallets are built from responsibly forested U.S. timber and are constantly reused, repaired and recycled. And, no hazardous chemicals are ever used on PECO Pallets.

According to the company, nothing goes to the landfill. “Less than .08 percent of pallets have to be removed from the pallet pool each year. Those pallets that can no longer be reused are recycled into mulch, bark, or animal bedding. Even the nails are removed with magnets and recycled.”

 

Retrotech

(www.retrotech.com)

Retrotech, Inc. is the exclusive authorized dealer in North America for the ACTIV technology, a high-density storage technology that buffers, sorts, and stages palletized unit loads in exact loading sequence, which among other things, enables more efficient truck loading.

In turn, this reduces truck idling, which is particularly important in the refrigeration/freezer truck industry.

Recently, Retrotech helped LiDestri Foods create a 75,000 square-foot automated warehouse expansion at its Fairport, New York headquarters, essentially consolidating 3 warehouses under one roof.

This helped support corporate sustainability goals by conserving fuel (eliminating the transportation costs of moving product to off-site warehouses), reducing truck emissions (by decreasing truck-wait times), and using cubic space more efficiently.

The ACTIV system also reduces total carbon footprint by decreasing the number of forklift trucks needed to move the same amount of product and reducing lighting, heating and cooling requirements.

 

Reverse Solutions

(www.reversesolutions.com)

For over a year, Reverse Solutions’ reclamation provider has been sorting through plastics, (categories 1 through 7), paperboard packaging, plastic wrap from food products such as string cheese, aluminum cans, metal cans, glass containers, cardboard containers, and film wrap from the palletized product to help boost the company’s overall sustainability efforts.

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