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A healthy environment and sustainable agricultural practices are essential to the production of foods produced by McCain. As a result, we are continuously improving our overall performance from farm to fork through renewable, efficient energy sources, water conservation and reduction, increased use of renewable and recyclable packaging, waste minimization and recovery, best practices in environmental management systems and the nurturing of an eco-mindset throughout our entire organization.

Our goals are to ensure that environmental impacts are identified and considered in all our decision making processes; that we use natural resources wisely by reducing or eliminating waste and by reusing and recycling to the most practical extent; that we collaborate with our suppliers and customers to reduce the environmental impacts of our products and services throughout the supply chain while ensuring food safety and quality control and that we engage with community stakeholders on environmental issues with a view to developing effective and sustainable practices.

McCain is achieving the goals set forth in our sustainability and resource management programs. This is leading to meaningful environmental impacts by reducing:

  • Water consumption

  • Energy utilization

  • Waste materials

  • Air Impacts (CO2, PM, VOC)

  • Landfill disposal

  • Waste water discharge

  • Environmental incidents

While increasing:

  • Use of recycled materials

  • Raw material utilization

Waste Reduction Efforts

  • All of McCain’s plants tightly manage production materials to ensure no waste. We do that by finding new uses for production by-products such as diverting 100% of food waste materials to animal feeding or as fertilizer addition to agricultural fields, and by our starch and waste Fryer oil recovery system. Through this, we have been able to reduce 1,688,133 lbs/year of waste which allows for capacity of waste from 679,603 people for one day.

Natural Resource Conservation

In 2008 as compared to 2007, McCain has been able to:

  • Reduce water consumption by 4.1%

  • Reduce total energy utilization by 2.5%

  • Reduce fossil fuel use through biogas utilization by 1.1% with corresponding increase of biogas generation by 45.7%

  • Save 154,274,831 gallons of water, enough for 9,590 households for one year

  • Our energy reduction efforts would provide energy for 1,300 households per year

All of our facilities have a continued and on-going commitment to the environment and have in place energy reduction programs that include lighting upgrades, energy recovery systems, wastewater anaerobic treatment processes, biogas generation and recycling programs.

Carbon Footprint

To date, we have reduced over 1 million miles in our network through many initiatives including warehouse rationalization, direct shipments to customers and/or port, creating continuous tours with managing inbound freight with our suppliers and matching that with our outbound shipments, etc.