Food Logistics' Top Green Providers

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


 

United Natural Foods

(www.unfi.com)

UNFI has been a leader within the space in achieving Gold LEED certified buildings in 3 locations (Lancaster, TX; York, PA; and Ridgefield, WA). The company’s facility in Ridgefield, WA, completed in December 2007, was the first refrigerated warehouse in the country to be awarded the Gold LEED certificate.

The facility is also powered by 100 percent renewable energy, saving more than 4 million pounds of CO2 from being released into the environment.

Highlights from the company’s second and most recent Corporate Sustainability Report include:

 

• United Natural Foods is on track to reduce its carbon footprint by 5 percent by 2014 and has deployed tracking and monitoring systems to guide it towards achieving that goal.

 

• Through a reverse auction process, the company has been able to purchase green power for 25 percent of its annual electricity usage in 7 of its facilities that are located in deregulated states. This has reduced 4,190 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.

 

• In June 2010, United Natural Foods mobilized 65 GenDrive fuel cell powered lift trucks at its Sarasota, FL distribution facility. The lift trucs are powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The project reduced 132 metric tons of CO2—the equivalent of cutting emissions from 35 automobiles annually.

 

• As part of the company’s spirit to “try new things” related to sustainability, it conducted a test of Super Therm, a reflective silver coating applied to the top of refrigerated tractor trailers designed to reflect sunlight and keep the interior cool. UNFI is also testing Eco-Flaps on its fleet, which help reduce road spray for safety and drag for improved fuel consumption.

 

• In addition to being a SmartWay Partner, United Natural Foods is a founding sponsor of The Non-GMO Project, is a contributor of the Organic Farming Research Foundation, and is a supporter of the Organic Seed Alliance, the Organic Trade Association, and the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association.

 

U.S. Xpress

(www.usxpress.com)

U.S. Xpress Enterprises is the nation’s second-largest privately owned truckload carrier. The company is a SmartWay Transport Partner and was the recipient of a 2009 SmartWay Environmental Excellence Award.

As part of its sustainability efforts, U.S. Xpress reduces fuel consumption through route optimization, new equipment (fuel-efficient tires, aerodynamic mud flaps, fuel-fired bunk heaters for cold weather and temperature-sensitive auto shut-off), and technology.

In addition, U.S. Xpress has gone paperless, using a document scanning system designed to electronically capture trip paperwork from drivers and relay the information back to billing and payroll.

 

Werner Enterprises

(www.werner.com)

In addition to being a participant in the SmartWay program, in recent years Werner has replaced trucks with more aerodynamic models, installed auxiliary power units, updated engine technology to maximize efficiency, reduced idle time and developed more precise fleet management tools.

Through its commitment to investing in technologies, proactive strategies, and policies that increase fuel efficiency and decrease carbon emissions, Werner has reduced its carbon footprint by almost 150,000 tons in the past three years.

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