Annually, Hormel Foods rewards and recognizes internal teams that have identified areas for efficiency improvements and implemented changes through the internal Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best annual competition. In 2013, there were 59 entries generated throughout all Hormel Foods business segments. The winner was Century Foods International (Sparta, Wis.) for projects that reached a recycle rate of 93 percent and zero waste to landfill status at all four of their plants.
In 2013, we continued our dedication to improving our environmental footprint and were recognized by a number of independent sources for these achievements in environmental sustainability including:
American Meat Institute (AMI) Environmental Recognition Awards
Twenty-six (96 percent) of our eligible manufacturing sites received an American Meat Institute (AMI) Environmental Recognition Award for the development and implementation of a formal Environmental Management System.
Polar Bears International (PBI) Paw of Approval Award
Polar Bears International (PBI) and the Sparta High School Earth Club honored Century Foods International (Sparta, Wis.), with a Paw of Approval Award. PBI awards the Paw of Approval to a company or organization that works to reduce its impact on the environment, especially in the areas of greenhouse gas and carbon reducing strategies. The Century Foods environmental team began a landfill waste reduction project in 2008, and in 2013, set the goal to have operation of all four plants at 100 percent recycling or a zero carbon footprint.