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Greener Fields Together Case Study Summary Naturipe: Integrated Pest Management of California Strawberries

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VERIFIED SureHarvest

The Greener Fields Together National Farm program is designed to build and manage a farm supplier network dedicated to examining and improving sustainability in their

Meet Greener Fields Together National Farms Partner: Naturipe® is a partnership between four fresh berry growers: Hortifruit S.A.; Michigan Blueberry Growers; Munger Farms; and Naturipe Berry Growers. Naturipe growers are found throughout the Western Hemisphere, providing year-round strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries, as well as local varieties when in season.

operations.Through 5Ps of Sustainability™ Verified

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Naturipe practices Integrated Pest Management (IPM)—an effective and environmentally sound approach to pest management—as a matter of company policy. For more than thirty years, Naturipe has advanced its IPM program to enhance pests’ natural enemies and reduce pesticide use in managing Lygus bug, a major pest for California strawberries. SureHarvest documented and verified this

will assist Greener Fields Together National Farm partners to evaluate their sustainability efforts according to the 5Ps. SureHarvest then conducts on-site verification to ensure accuracy and authenticity.

“IPM is an art that draws its inspiration from a desire to be a good steward of the

Lygus bug IPM program using the 5Ps of Sustainability.™

land, but is based in

Sustainabllity Highlights

science. A farmer who

Naturipe has a long-standing, highly refined IPM program for Lygus bug. From field operations to executive management, the company marries up-to-date science with on-farm realities in its California strawberry operations. Naturipe has established itself as an industry leader in Lygus bug IPM and is well positioned to continuously improve its pest management program.

applies IPM will fail if there is no understanding of the biology and chemistry of the ecosystem where the

Naturipe allows the natural ecosystem to help keep Lygus bug in check by enhancing natural habitat and promoting beneficial plants around its farms. The company consistently finds that its IPM program substantially reduces pest populations and crop damage. Naturipe knows that proper implementation of its IPM program for Lygus bug results in fewer resistance problems, less overall pesticide use, and more high-quality fruit.

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IPM is being practiced.” –Tom Am Rhein,Vice President of Naturipe Berry Growers

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SureHarvest

1. Sustainability Principles

utilizes its

Naturipe strawberries are grown with a

5Ps of

company commitment to:

Sustainability

–a continuous improvement business management methodology –to craft case studies that evaluate the alignment and execution of Greener Fields Together National Farm partners’ sustainability efforts that contribute to financial profitability, environmental steward-

• Provide consumers a healthy, enjoyable eating experience

wide research and education efforts. 3. Sustainability Practices

As part of its IPM program, Naturipe uses a suite of practices including: weekly field sampling for Lygus bugs; establishing action thresholds;

• Create an enjoyable work environment

protecting natural habitat surrounding cropland;

that allows employees to achieve their

weed-host control; utilizing non-spray methods

full potential

such as bug vacuums when effective; and care-

• Operate in a legal, ethical and socially responsible manner

ship and social progress. Each case study

fully selecting and timing necessary pesticide applications for optimal efficacy. Naturipe walks the fields frequently to observe first-hand if

goes through a verification step to confirm

2. Sustainablity Processes

Lygus bug and other pests are causing damage

that the reported information is accurate,

Naturipe is committed to using IPM in its

to the plants and fruit.

thorough and authentic.

farming operations to economically manage pests with the least possible hazard to people,

Principles

property, and the environment. Naturipe

The core values that define the

realizes the importance of its IPM program to

business strategy

manage Lygus bug, a serious pest in the company’s

Processes The sets of managed activities that create internal and external value

main strawberry growing regions in California. For more than three decades, Naturipe has been dedicated to IPM and supporting industry-

The company has highly trained, certified field and management team members who remain up-to-date on the latest research in IPM methods. Central to its program is participation in industry and university IPM research trials. This basic research is then taken and adapted to meet the site-specific conditions at each

Practices The methods used to accomplish the desired operational results Performance The metrics and measurements used to evaluate practice and process results Progress The approach used to document, communicate and drive continuous

Intensive monitoring of the Lygus bug population is key to prevent the build-up of this pest population and detect when it reaches economically significant levels. Through prevention, biologic control methods, and carefully timed pesticide applications, Lygus bug can be optimally managed. Source: photo of Lygus pratensis courtesy of E.Balocchi. August 2009, Busalla, Genova.

improvement over time

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company farm. In addition to managing its own 1,500 acres using IPM, Naturipe meets regularly

“When I first started

with its third-party growers to conduct trainings and encourage information sharing within its

farming strawberries

growing community.

years ago, I felt like

4. Sustainablity Performance

we were spraying

Naturipe’s metric for success of its IPM program

all the time. As we

is documenting that the protocols are put in place and properly followed. Research and experi-

applied and improved

ence shows that regardless of what Lygus bug

our IPM program

populations or fruit damage might have occurred in any given year, the results would have been

over the years, we

worse if the protocols had not been applied.

have been able to

Naturipe carefully tracks and compiles field data

really reduce our

into a spreadsheet to chart Lygus bug popula-

pesticide use.”

tions throughout the season. To monitor and evaluate its in-house and third-party grower IPM programs, the company collects pesticide use reports, conducts monthly random pesticide residue tests, and adheres to a strict fruit grading system. 5. Sustainablity Progress

Naturipe conducts internal trainings for field crews and requires that key personnel attend external trainings on IPM methods for California strawberries. The strawberry IPM team is in constant communication about pest pressures and other variables to insure that proper methods are used to manage Lygus bug populations. Each winter, farm-level group meetings are held to recount the prior season and make plans and adjustments for the next season.

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As a key component of Naturipe’s commitment

–Mario Aguas-Alvarado, Proud Grower for Naturipe

to social responsibility and continual improvement, the Board of Directors develops an annual business plan that includes its social responsibility priorities, and meets quarterly to evaluate progress. Upper management team members tie their annual work plans and compensation directly to these strategic goals. Naturipe holds meetings at all levels in the company during the year to consider progress within its California strawberry operations toward the company’s strategic goals. Each fall, a large group of Naturipe district and country representatives come together to evaluate and refine their strategies for strawberry operations.

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Naturipe: Integrated Pest Management of California Strawberries

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Naturipe is a partnership between four

The Greener Fields Together National

SureHarvest is an agri-food sustainability

fresh berry growers: Hortifruit S.A.;

Farm program was launched in 2012,

solutions company delivering practical

Michigan Blueberry Growers; Munger

with the intent to build and manage a

strategies, proven technologies, and

Farms; and Naturipe Berry Growers.

supplier network of national farms dedi-

exceptional services to accelerate financial

Naturipe growers are found throughout

cated to examining sustainability in their

profitability, environmental stewardship

the Western Hemisphere, providing

operations. Through the completion of

and social progress.

year-round strawberries, blueberries,

5Ps of Sustainability Verified Case Studies

blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries,

and reporting, the program will reveal

as well as local varieties when in season.

the efforts being made toward more

The number one priority at Naturipe

sustainable operations.

is to provide healthy, nutritious and

Sustainability process areas in the

initiatives. Our services are often coupled

Greener Fields Together National Farm

with farm management and sustainability

Since 1917, Naturipe Berry Growers

program include:

program management software technolo-

has brought berries, both conventional

• Community

gies to provide turnkey solutions.

and organic, to market. Based in Salinas,

• Employee Wellness

California, Naturipe Berry Growers

• Energy and Climate

produces berries within the very special-

• Packaging

ized maritime climate of the Pacific

• Pest Management

coastline, including Irvine, Oxnard, Salinas,

• Soil Management

Watsonville and Santa Maria. Naturipe

• Waste Management

Berry Growers has ninety years of

• Water Management

tasty berries.

experience, dedication, exclusive growers, and safe growing practices.

Clients span the agri-food value chain and benefit from SureHarvest’s market-leading expertise and experience in the design, execution and verification of sustainability

SureHarvest is the pioneer in adapting business process approaches (e.g.Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean, etc.) to the more variable conditions of farming, harvest logistics, and packing/shipping. Titled the 5Ps of Sustainability™, this business process management approach is

The Greener Fields Together effort will

used as the principal strategic framework

demonstrate the commitment farmers

for creating value with our customers.

For more information, please visit

are making toward ensuring a future

www.naturipefarms.com

for food.

For more information, please visit www.sureharvest.com

For more information, please visit www.greenerfieldstogether.org

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Greener Fields Together Case Study Summary NewStar Fresh Foods: Mexicali Water Management

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Meet Greener Fields Together National Farms Partner: Founded in 1996, NewStar Fresh Foods is built on a legacy that spans centuries as the result of merging leading Salinas and Pajaro Valley family farmers. NewStar’s roots are steeped in innovation, having built a reputation as the innovators of packaged spinach, and pioneered the development of iceless green onions. Today, NewStar stands out as the world’s largest shipper of iceless green onions, and continues to focus on industry leadership in value-added spinach, asparagus, and tender leaf products.

Case Studies, SureHarvest will assist Greener Fields

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Together National Farm

NewStar is committed to the spirit and practice of doing the right

partners to evaluate their

thing. A key component of this commitment is conserving water.

sustainability efforts

In the fall of 2012, NewStar made significant progress in water

according to the 5P’s.

conservation at its Mexicali, Mexico operations by converting nearly

SureHarevest then conducts

one third of its acreage to drip irrigation and implementing other

on-site verification to ensure

water saving techniques. SureHarvest documented and verified the

accuracy and authenticity.

Mexicali operation’s water saving program. Sustainabllity Highlights

NewStar Fresh Foods is bringing innovative water saving practices to the Mexicali growing region. NewStar is making significant progress in formally establishing and maintaining its process of continual improvement in water management at its Mexicali farming operations, and has benefited from culturally and geographically adapting water conservation techniques used in its other farming regions. In the 2012-2013 growing season, NewStar expects to see significant water savings through better irrigation efficiency. The company projects their investment in the drip system to result in reduced

30

%

CROPLAND

CONVERTED TO DRIP IRRIGATION Being one of the first farming operations in the region to adopt drip irrigation, NewStar is using less water and energy to grow crops while improving food safety.

water costs, increased yields, and higher product quality.

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SureHarvest

1. Sustainability Principles

one of the first operations in the Mexicali basin

utilizes its

NewStar sustainability embodies the spirit and

to convert to drip irrigation.

5P’s of

practice of doing the right thing, in balance

Sustainability™

with the business, the employees, and Mother

-- a continuous

3. Sustainability Practices

Nature herself.

NewStar implemented a suite of water use

improvement business management methodology

NewStar’s principles for “Doing the right thing”

-- to craft case studies that evaluate

include:

the alignment and execution of Greener

• Providing a quality work environment

Fields Together National Farm partners’

• Investing in our communities

sustainability efforts that contribute to financial profitability, environmental steward-

• Reducing our environmental footprint

efficiency practices including the installation of drip irrigation, monitoring the irrigation system at all times to insure it is operating properly, irrigating at night during times of extreme heat, eliminating tailwater runoff through optimizing water use, and returning unused water back to

• Engaging in responsible practices

the irrigation canal for other users.

that the reported information is accurate,

2. Sustainablity Processes

The Mexicali growing region relies entirely

thorough and authentic.

The company’s staff and management identified

on irrigation water provided from the Colo-

multiple sustainability benefits that would be

rado River. From a food safety and resource

Principles

achieved by implementing water conservation

conservation perspective converting nearly one

The core values that define the

processes including reducing long-term irriga-

third of the Mexicali acreage to drip irrigation

business strategy

tion costs, improving food safety, and optimizing

was important and timely. The transition away

water use. NewStar took the initiative to con-

from the long-standing tradition of furrow or

vert 600 of its more than 2000 acres farmed in

sprinkle irrigation required retraining of local

Mexicali, Mexico to drip irrigation. NewStar is

field personnel who make up a set of highly

ship and social progress. Each case study goes through a verification step to confirm

Processes The sets of managed activities that create internal and external value

experienced on-site irrigators.

Practices The methods used to accomplish the desired operational results Performance The metrics and measurements used to evaluate practice and process results Progress The approach used to document, communicate and drive continuous improvement over time

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IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY With drip irrigation, more of the applied water, about 90%, makes it to the plant and soil.

Flood

Sprinkler

Drip

4. Sustainablity Performance

employing years of experience in making

NewStar has recently incorporated flow meter

judgments on when and how much to irrigate.

readings to track water use as part of its standard operation and is committed to “measuring and managing” water use efficiency by adopting improved data collection and management techniques throughout its Mexicali operations. Very

Traditional flood irrigation delivers only 50% of the water applied to the crop.

50

%

PROJECTED

few ranches in the Mexicali growing region utilize

DECREASE

flow meters and instead rely on the local irriga-

IN WATER USE PER CARTON

tion district records to track daily and seasonal water use. 5. Sustainablity Progress

A key component of NewStar’s continuous

NewStar expects to use approximately 50% less water per unit harvested on the 600 acres they have converted to drip irrigation.

improvement approach is the annual review and selection of capital improvement projects. Each year department or regional operations develop a list of their high-priority projects that meet multiple company objectives including food safety, cost reduction, resource conservation and social responsibility. Management reviews and selects the final projects. Once implemented, projects are evaluated to insure they meet the anticipated benefits and cost savings. The success of the Mexicali water management

Flow meters allow irrigation crews to keep an accurate accounting of water being applied to NewStar crops.

efforts ultimately depend on the day-to-day decisions made on the farm. NewStar operation

The investments made in water conservation in

and quality assurance staff remain abreast of

Mexicali reflect the company’s strong commit-

basin-wide water management issues and

ment to advance sustainability in its operations.

monitor on-farm water usage over time by reviewing annual irrigation records. At the field level, NewStar personnel bring an awareness to minimize water use and they take pride in

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NewStar Fresh Foods: Water Management

Founded in 1996, NewStar Fresh Foods

The Greener Fields Together National

SureHarvest is an agri-food sustainability

grows and harvests on farms in premier

Farm program was launched in 2012,

solutions company delivering practical

growing regions, and has grown to

intent to build and manage a supplier

strategies, proven technologies, and ex-

become a leader in providing superior

network of national farms dedicated to

ceptional services to accelerate financial

quality value added produce. NewStar

examining sustainability in their opera-

profitability, environmental stewardship

offers a broad line of commodities

tions. Through the completion of 5P’s of

and social progress.

and its flagship items: green onions,

Sustainability™Verified

asparagus, and value-added spinach and

reporting, the program will reveal

tender leaf greens. Steeped in innova-

the efforts being made toward more

tion, NewStar built a reputation as the

sustainable operations.

innovators of packaged spinach (Fresh

Sustainability process areas in the

tainability initiatives. Our services are

Greener Fields Together National Farm

often coupled with farm management

program include:

and sustainability program management

Today, NewStar stands out as the

• Community

software technologies to provide

world’s largest shipper of iceless green

• Employee Wellness

turnkey solutions.

onions. NewStar operates process-

• Energy and Climate

ing facilities in Salinas, California, Yuma,

• Packaging

Arizona, and Mexicali, Mexico. NewStar’s

• Pest Management

Mexicali operation—EstrellaNueva—is

• Soil Management

a major producing region for NewStar

• Waste Management

Choice® brand), and were pioneers of the development of iceless green onions.

green onions and other specialty crops.

Case Studies and

• Water Management

Clients span the agri-food value chain and benefit from SureHarvest’s marketleading expertise and experience in the design, execution and verification of sus-

SureHarvest is the pioneer in adapting business process approaches (e.g. Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean, etc.) to the more variable conditions of farming, harvest logistics, and packing/ shipping. Titled the 5P’s of Sustainability™,

For more information, please visit

The Greener Fields Together effort will

www.newstarfresh.com

this business process management ap-

demonstrate the commitment farmers

proach is used as the principal strategic

are making toward ensuring a future

framework for creating value with our

for food.

customers.

For more information, please visit

For more information, please visit

www.greenerfieldstogether.org

www.sureharvest.com

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Greener Fields Together Case Study Summary Sunkist: Carton Manufacturing

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The Greener Fields Together

Meet Greener Fields Together National Farms Partner:

National Farm program is

Formed in 1893, Sunkist is a not-for-profit marketing cooperative owned by and

designed to build and

operated for its citrus grower members in California and Arizona. In 1907, the

manage a farm supplier network dedicated to examining and improving

growers formed Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS) to provide most of the materials to help grow, harvest, and package fresh citrus.

sustainability in their operations.Through 5Ps of Sustainability™ Verified Case Studies, SureHarvest

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As part of its commitment to sustainable packaging practices, Sunkist

will assist Greener Fields

is dedicated to improving the material sourcing and manufacturing

Together National Farm

of the FGS® corrugated cartons at the plant in Ontario, California.

partners to evaluate their

In 2010, FGS was awarded Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®)

sustainability efforts

certification for the 328,000 acres of forestlands the company

according to the 5Ps.

owns and harvests, and in 2012, for the carton manufacturing plant.

SureHarvest then conducts

SureHarvest documented and verified the Ontario plant sustainable

on-site verification to ensure

packaging program using the 5Ps of Sustainability.™

accuracy and authenticity.

Sustainabllity Highlights

Sunkist has a history of innovation and stewardship that is demonstrated in its effort to reduce the environmental impact of its fresh fruit packaging. Sunkist’s initiative to obtain SFI certification highlights its efforts, and illustrates the company’s commitment to make continual improvements to its package manufacturing. By sourcing 100% SFI-certified materials for the production of its cartons, Sunkist supports forests managed to promote biodiversity, sustainable harvesting methods, and healthy habitats. The company expects SFI certification will help ensure a future fiber supply to meet global packaging needs while promoting long-term forest and

65

%

recycled Cardboard in cartons

Sunkist prioritizes recycling throughout the life cycle of its fully recyclable cartons by optimizing recycled content to maintain carton integrity and also recycling 100% of the trimmings from production.

community health.

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SureHarvest

1. Sustainability Principles

mental footprint, Sunkist took the initiative to

utilizes its

Proud of its long history of adopting sustain-

adopt sustainable materials and methods to

5Ps of

able principles in packaging of citrus and other

produce its corrugated cartons. Key carton

Sustainability™

fresh fruit, Sunkist is dedicated to sustainable

–a continuous

design features include the use of water-based

packaging practices that are good for the

inks for printing, corn-based adhesives, un-

environment, productivity, and business.

coated cartons that are fully recyclable, using

improvement business management methodology– to craft case studies that evaluate

2. Sustainablity Processes

the alignment and execution of Greener

Control over the carton manufacturing process

Fields Together National Farm partners’ sustainability efforts that contribute to financial profitability, environmental stewardship and social progress. Each case study goes through a verification step to confirm that the reported information is accurate, thorough and authentic.

Principles

Processes

SFI-certified sources.

was an area in which Sunkist could achieve signifi-

FGS has integrated many resource conserva-

cant gains toward good sustainable packaging

tion practices into its Ontario facility and

practices. The foodservice corrugated cartons

manufacturing process. The plant captures

used to transport Sunkist® fruit are manufac-

100% of its processing waste-water for in-plant

tured in the FGS plant in Ontario, California,

reuse to manufacture the carton adhesive.

where the processes, practices and controls

Since 2010,100% of irrigation for landscap-

enable Sunkist to reduce the environmental

ing is reclaimed, recycled water from the city,

footprint of packaging production.

cutting fresh water use at the plant by 7.8 million gallons per year. All carton trimmings

The core values that define the business strategy

65% recycled content, and virgin material from

3. Sustainability Practices

and remnants are recycled. Lighting efficiencies

Dedicated to reducing the company’s environ-

include the installation of skylights for natural

The sets of managed activities that create internal and external value Practices The methods used to accomplish the desired operational results Performance

Water-based inks Corn-based adhesives

The metrics and measurements

Uncoated, fully recyclable

used to evaluate practice and

Recycled content

process results

SFI-certified sourced materials

Progress The approach used to document, communicate and drive continuous improvement over time

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5

Water Conservation Program

SAVED: 7.8 MILLION GALLONS OF FRESH WATER PER YEAR.

lighting so electrical lights are used only when

are monitored regularly, and reviewed through-

needed. Light-misers are in place to detect when

out the year by facility staff. A packaging meeting

light conditions are low and high-efficiency bulbs

is convened monthly to evaluate performance

are used to further reduce electricity use.

and improve efficiencies of the packaging

4. Sustainablity Performance

and operations.

Committed to SFI certification as a matter

Enough water saved to supply 53 U.S. families of four for one year.

100

%

conversion

of company policy, Sunkist and FGS regularly conduct management reviews, evaluate program

to recycled water for Landscape

performance (in part internally and also through third party audits), and drive toward continual improvements through education and training. The employees at the carton plant are highly

Switching to recycled water to irrigate its landscaping allows FGS to reduce demands on valuable fresh water resources while staying in compliance with city code that requires landscape maintenance.

engaged in the daily operations. Company employees regularly monitor machinery to ensure it is operating properly to achieve quality, safety and efficiency standards. Energy use at the plant is meter monitored and tracked using the local electric utility company’s tools and resources. Water use is tracked monthly through two flow meters, one for total plant fresh water use, and another for recycled water used to irrigate the landscaping. 5. Sustainablity Progress

Sunkist is committed to the continual evaluation and improvement of its packaging program. Sunkist and FGS management share corporate

SFI certification is science-based and supports the responsible production of wood and paper products, communities, jobs and conservation values that are derived from working forests.

offices, which facilitates regular communication and weekly meetings. Carton plant staff regularly engages with management to balance goals with operational challenges. Energy consumption, water use and reuse data, and carton waste

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Sunkist: Carton Manufacturing

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Sunkist is a not-for-profit marketing coop-

The Greener Fields Together National

SureHarvest is an agri-food sustainability

erative formed in 1893. It is entirely owned

Farm program was launched in 2012, with

solutions company delivering practical

by and operated for its approximately

the intent to build and manage a supplier

strategies, proven technologies, and

3,000 California and Arizona citrus growers.

network of national farms dedicated to

exceptional services to accelerate financial

Sunkist members grow oranges, tangerines,

examining sustainability in their opera-

profitability, environmental stewardship

mandarins, lemons, limes, grapefruit, organic

tions. Through the completion of 5Ps of

and social progress.

citrus and table grapes.

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In 1907, grower members of the Sunkist cooperative formed Fruit Growers Supply Company to source wood and produce

reporting, the program will reveal the efforts being made toward more sustainable operations.

Clients span the agri-food value chain and benefit from SureHarvest’s market-leading expertise and experience in the design, execution and verification of sustainability

cartons for packing fresh citrus. Fruit

Sustainability process areas in the

initiatives. Our services are often coupled

Growers Supply Company shares many of

Greener Fields Together National Farm

with farm management and sustainability

the same board members with Sunkist,

program include:

program management software technolo-

including the chairman. Today, the company

• Community

gies to provide turnkey solutions.

has a carton manufacturing plant in Ontario,

• Employee Wellness

California and owns approximately 328,000

• Energy and Climate

acres of Sustainable Forestry Initiative

• Packaging

certified forestlands in Oregon, Washington,

• Pest Management

and California.

• Soil Management

For more information, please visit

• Waste Management

foodservice.sunkist.com

• Water Management

SureHarvest is the pioneer in adapting business process approaches (e.g.Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean, etc.) to the more variable conditions of farming, harvest logistics, and packing/shipping. Titled the 5Ps of Sustainability™, this business process management approach is

The Greener Fields Together effort will

used as the principal strategic framework

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demonstrate the commitment farmers

for creating value with our customers.

fgs is a registered trademark of Fruit Growers Supply

are making toward ensuring a future

Company, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, USA, All rights reserved.

for food.

Sunkist is a registered trademark of Sunkist Growers, Inc.,

For more information, please visit www.sureharvest.com

For more information, please visit www.greenerfieldstogether.org

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Greener Fields Together Case Study Energy and Climate at Taylor Farms’ Abbott Street Plant

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Meet Greener Fields Together National Farms Partner:

National Farm program is

Taylor Farms California, Inc. processes fresh produce to make a variety of salads, vegetable and healthy snack products for consumers throughout North America. Operating in Salinas, California and Yuma, Arizona, Taylor Farms makes about one out of every three salads consumed in restaurants and foodservice outlets in the United States.Taylor Farms aligns itself with family farmers in California and Arizona who grow fruits and vegetables for its fresh products.

designed to build and manage a farm supplier network dedicated to examining and improving sustainability in their operations.Through 5P’s of Sustainability™ Verified Case Studies, SureHarvest will assist Greener Fields

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Together National Farm

As part of its “Green Projects” initiative, Taylor Fresh Foods is

partners to evaluate their

reducing energy use at its processing facilities throughout North

sustainability efforts

America. In early 2011, Taylor Farms California–an affiliate of Taylor

according to the 5P’s.

Fresh Foods–made significant upgrades to its refrigeration and

SureHarevest then conducts

lighting systems at the Abbott Street processing plant in Salinas.

on-site verification to ensure

SureHarvest documented and verified the Abbott Street plant

accuracy and authenticity.

energy program using the 5P’s of Sustainability.™ Sustainabllity Highlights

Taylor Farms has a sophisticated, highly responsive protocol for evaluating success and challenges to its energy savings program. With participation and buy in at every level within the company, Taylor Farms is well positioned to make sustainable, continual improvements for energy conservation at its Abbott Street plant. In 2011,Taylor Farms realized annual energy savings of 1.74 million kWh, enough to power 151 US households per year. These environmental returns on investment are expected to yield a 3½ year return on Taylor Farms’ financial investment in energy upgrades at the plant.

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10

%

REDUCTION

IN TOTAL ENERGY CONSUMPTION These savings were achieved on top of previously recognized accomplishments; the facility received a 2008 and 2009 “Energy Champion Award” from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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SureHarvest

1. Sustainability Principles

ing plant could benefit most from increased

utilizes its

Taylor Farms is dedicated to:

attention and capital spending to meet a variety

5 P’s of

• Adopting effective processing techniques that

of organizational goals such as cost reduction,

Sustainability™

maximize value in production and use of natural

-- a continuous

corporate responsibility, and performance

resources.

monitoring.

improvement business management methodology

• Building a better sense of community among

-- to craft case studies that evaluate

its members and developing goodwill with

the alignment and execution of Greener

customers.

Fields Together National Farm partners’

• Making environmental management decisions

sustainability efforts that contribute to financial profitability, environmental stewardship and social progress. Each case study goes through a verification step to confirm that the reported information is accurate, thorough and authentic.

Principles The core values that define the business strategy Processes

that influence real and tangible factors that can affect us all.

3. Sustainability Practices

Fresh produce arrives at the plant from the farm fields and is cooled to 35-36°F. The produce is maintained at this temperature throughout processing through refrigeration systems. These systems consume between

2. Sustainablity Processes

Dedicated to reducing the amount of energy used in its processing facilities, Taylor Farms

55-65% of the total electrical energy use at the plant. Improving refrigeration energy efficiency was a logical focal point.

took the initiative to make small, medium and

An internal focus team for energy worked with

large energy conservation improvements in

VaCom Technologies, an industrial refrigeration

its Abbott Street processing plant. This facility

company, to target optimal points in the refrig-

was selected through company brainstorming

eration system for improvement. Upgrades to

sessions to identify which areas in the process-

the refrigeration system included installation

The sets of managed activities that create internal and external value

ENERGY USE AND LOSS THROUGH PROCESSING

Practices The methods used to accomplish the desired operational results

PRE-COOLING

PRE-STORAGE

PROCESSING

POST-STORAGE

Performance

• Vacuum Coolers

• Refrigeration

• Refrigeration

• Refrigeration

The metrics and measurements used

• Forklifts

• Air Circulation

• Air Circulation

• Air Circulation

• Lighting

• Processing

• Lighting

• Forklifts

Equipment

to evaluate practice and process results Progress

• Building Seals

• Lighting

The approach used to document,

• Building Seals

communicate and drive continuous

• Compressors

• Forklifts • Building Seals

improvement over time

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ENERGY SAVINGS EQUIVALENT (US Households) 30

Energy saved in 2011 was enough to power 151 US households for an entire year.

25 20 15 10

Each house equals five US households’ annual energy use.

5

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

of state of the art refrigeration software and

health and comparison data used to measure

hardware technologies.

performance on a quarterly basis. Additionally,

Other key steps include installation of top of

energy use performance is tracked remotely by

the line air compressors with modern insulation systems, automated doors to maintain low temperatures inside the plant, and improved lighting placement and fixtures.

Nov

VaCom and reports are generated for Taylor Farm’s use on a quarterly basis. 5. Sustainablity Progress

Taylor Farms has a sophisticated, highly responsive protocol for evaluating success and challenges to their energy savings program that values full participation and buy-in at every level in the company, starting from the ground up. Through its process of continual improvement, Taylor Farms evaluates practice efficacy and future energy savings on a regular basis.

A state of the art computer system enables engineering staff to achieve optimal power usage to meet refrigeration needs throughout the plant.

4. Sustainablity Performance

Taylor Farms utilizes a range of metrics to assess the energy use reductions achieved as a result of the equipment upgrades and practice improvements made at the Abbott Street plant.

K I L O W AT T HOURS

SAVED

EVERY M I N UTE Operating seasonally from April to November, the Abbott Street plant is saving about 7,200

The energy focus group communicates regularly

kWh of energy every day,

through email and group meetings. Weekly

enough to power 1,500 HD

operation and maintenance meetings are

TV’s for the day.

conducted between the Engineering Department and refrigeration contractor. Taylor Farms carries out monthly internal energy use reviews and holds quarterly meetings to review usage and system performance with VaCom. To keep its guiding principles current and evaluate company-wide performance, Taylor Farms holds an annual managers’ meeting. Prior

Total energy use is evaluated using Pacific Gas

to the annual meeting, each department holds

and Electric (PG&E) on-line tools that allow

smaller group meetings to generate ideas and

month-to-month and year-to-year comparisons of

evaluate high-level issues to optimize effective-

energy usage and resulting savings. Taylor also cal-

ness at the managers meeting. Employee input is

culates energy use of each large refrigeration unit

valued and suggestions help identify areas for

in real-time, which provides a baseline of system

improvement.

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Energy and Climate at Taylor Farms’ Abbott Street Plant

Taylor Fresh Foods, Inc. (known as Taylor

The Greener Fields Together National

SureHarvest is an agri-food sustainability

Farms) was founded by Bruce Taylor and

Farm program was launched in 2012,

solutions company delivering practical

several partners in 1995 with the quest

intent to build and manage a supplier

strategies, proven technologies, and

of becoming “America’s Favorite Salad

network of national farms dedicated to

exceptional services to accelerate financial

Maker”. Headquartered in Salinas, Cali-

examining sustainability in their opera-

profitability, environmental stewardship

fornia, Taylor Farms is the world’s largest

tions. Through the completion of 5P’s of

and social progress.

producer of fresh-cut vegetables. Taylor

Sustainability™Verified

Farms has strategically positioned itself

reporting, the program will reveal

with eleven US processing plants and

the efforts being made toward more

one in Mexico to supply its customers

sustainable operations.

and end consumers with the freshest and

Sustainability process areas in the

initiatives. Our services are often coupled

Greener Fields Together National Farm

with farm management and sustainability

program include:

program management software technolo-

• Community

gies to provide turnkey solutions.

greatest tasting products industry wide. Taylor Farms California, Inc.—an affiliate of Taylor Fresh Foods—operates seasonally in Salinas, California and Yuma, Arizona. From April until mid-November, Taylor Farms California processes fresh produce in their processing facilities in the Salinas area. In mid-November operations shift south to Taylor Farm’s processing plant in the Yuma area. For more information, please visit www.taylorfarmsfoodservice.com

Case Studies and

• Employee Wellness • Energy and Climate • Packaging • Pest Management • Soil Management • Waste Management • Water Management

Clients span the agri-food value chain and benefit from SureHarvest’s market-leading expertise and experience in the design, execution and verification of sustainability

SureHarvest is the pioneer in adapting business process approaches (e.g.Total Quality Management, Six Sigma, Lean, etc.) to the more variable conditions of farming, harvest logistics, and packing/shipping. Titled the 5 P’s of Sustainability™, this business process management approach is

The Greener Fields Together effort will

used as the principal strategic framework

demonstrate the commitment farmers

for creating value with our customers.

are making toward ensuring a future for food.

For more information, please visit www.sureharvest.com

For more information, please visit www.greenerfieldstogether.org

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