Food Waste & Circular Economy - Greenyard Sustainability Report -
Food Waste & Circular Economy
Our integrated customer relationship model is the best assurance to have low food waste levels within our value chains as the demand of our customers is linked in an efficient way to the actual production of fruit and vegetables at our growers. We are committed to reduce all avoidable food waste to a minimum and put the same focus on other waste streams such as packaging materials.

Our approach

Greenyard generates around 196,000 tons of by-products and waste of which more than 60% is re-used. The majority of by-products originate from the processing activities of our Frozen and Prepared divisions, which include for example the peelings from carrots, potatoes and peas. The main destination for these by-products is animal feed. Other sources of food losses include quality rejects, the result of sorting specific volumes and the limited shelf life of fresh produce. If not fit for human or animal consumption, these flows are directed to bio fermentation or composting (25% of total waste volume).

We have an effective waste management system at all our operating sites and always comply with local legislation. This is the case for all other regular waste types such as cardboard, paper, plastics and residual waste. We focus on maximising recycling and valorisation and closing any waste loops. The five levels of action focus on preventing, reducing, re-using, recycling, and recovering waste, in line with the EU and local standards.

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Our progress

We continuously research new options to prevent food waste. Trials with new technologies to extend the shelf life of fresh produce have shown promising results. Further in-depth trials are planned over the next year to assess the business case for the respective fruit and vegetable products. Elsewhere new partnerships are being explored – beyond the food banks and charities we are supporting today – to increase the redistribution of quality rejects which are still fit for human consumption.

Aside from food waste, we aim to have 100% of the consumer packaging recyclable by 2025. This year, we used about 67,678 tonnes of consumer packaging for our products. The main packaging materials consist of plastics and cardboard in the Fresh division, plastics in the Frozen division, and steel cans and glass in the Prepared division. Further efforts in using recyclable packaging alternatives result in a share of recyclable consumer packaging of 98.8%, notwithstanding the divestment of Greenyard Prepared Netherlands (which mainly used steel and glass).

Within the Prepared division we entered a research project to develop a 100% recyclable stand-up pouch for soups and sauces. This type of packaging is increasingly popular because of its low weight, which results in a better footprint concerning transport. Within Greenyard this is the main packaging type we need to address to get to 100% recyclable packaging. Elsewhere trials were conducted with bio-based plastics to improve the product footprint of our fresh convenience range.

Future plans

We are committed to use 100% recyclable consumer packaging by 2025. We also plan to use 30% of recycled content in non-food contact packaging by 2030.

Climate action
Water stewardship
Working towards a lower water footprint.
Sustainable packaging
Adjusting our packaging to ensure it's recyclable.
Responsible sourcing
Greenyard ist bestrebt, sein Obst und Gemüse auf nachhaltige Weise zu beziehen, die Natur zu respektieren und den Erzeugern einen fairen Ertrag zu bieten. Unsere Nachhaltigkeitsseiten zeigen deutlich, dass es unser oberstes Ziel ist, das Leben zu verbessern.