Lamb Weston/Meijer: “Considerable energy reducation in eight years”
Last year the factories at Lamb Weston / Meyer, a producer in potato products, used less energy and improved the ‘potato utilization rate’. The company also processes many of their products in ‘healthier’ oil containing fewer saturated fats. The potato processor announced this in their new sustainability report over 2015 and 2016.
To become more sustainable, Lamb Weston / Meyer focusses on six areas, also called ‘the sustainable six’. These are: water, energy & emissions, potato & waste, employees, food safety & quality and nutrition & health.
In 2015 the company purchased a new, advanced, sorting installation. This lead to a better potato usage rate and quality improvements. The potato processor also opened a new production line in Bergen op Zoom with the latest technologies in the area of energy efficiency. In the sustainability report it states that a 21.3% energy reduction has been achieve over the past eight years. And a 14.6% CO₂ emission reduction was reached.
The potato processor wishes to contribute to a circular economy and has not deposited waste since 2008. As of 2016, 0.2% of the mixed company waste is sent to be incinerated.
Reducing water usage
Lamb Weston / Meijer indicates that one of the priorities for the coming period is a reduction of water usage. The potato processor also wishes to increase the nutritional value of her products through salt and fat reduction on products. Decreasing food waste is also a priority, according to the company.