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At Ocean Spray, caring for the land runs deep. As an agricultural cooperative, we have a long history of providing products straight from the land that our growers farm and care for. Our cooperative is owned by more than 700 growers, many of whom operate farms that have been in their families for generations. It is thanks in large part to their expertise and dedication that we have grown into the trusted brand we are today.
We owe a debt, not only to our hardworking Grower-owners, but also to the gifts of nature that make these harvests possible in the first place. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years, and we know that today, consumers are increasingly interested in how their food is being grown and on the environmental impacts of producing, packaging and transporting products.
Ocean Spray is committed to managing our business in a way that minimizes our environmental impact. We believe that a focus on strong overall environmental management throughout our value chain will strengthen our long-term performance and help ensure a sustainable future for our Grower-Owners and our cooperative.
Our cranberry and grapefruit growers are committed to managing their farms in a way that enhances the stewardship of natural resource, provides long-term farm value, ensures the respectful treatment of people and promotes the production of high-quality crops. Doing so, we believe we return value to our growers, our communities, the environment and our brand. Read more.
Ocean Spray has long been concerned with water conservation, and for decades we have been working to increase efficiency in water use in our washing and processing operations. We are committed to finding ways to conserve, and we are investing resources to continue to drive water use down in the coming years to reach our goal to reduce water used in manufacturing by 15% by 2015. Read how.
Managing energy costs and combatting climate change is one of our top priorities. We’re working to reduce our energy use, including electricity, natural gas, steam, and other fuel sources. We are committed to continually harvesting energy and cost savings to reach a 25% reduction of non-renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions al by 2015. Read more.
Less packaging means less waste. We’re cutting unnecessary packaging to leave a lighter footprint and reduce costs, and we’re constantly searching for ways to use materials that can be easily recycled to reach our goal of 20% reduction in packaging materials by 2015. Read more.
By making smart decisions throughout our operations, we’ve been successful in cutting waste. We’re looking to go even further, finding new uses for discarded material and creating processes that avoid creating waste in the first place. By 2015, we hope to reduce our landfilled waste by 25%. Read more.
We have a unique opportunity to build upon our Grower-Owners’ heritage of land stewardship and grow sustainability for future generations. This is a journey and we will learn and grow smarter along the way.