Canadian Packaging

Food Giant Target's Big Eco-Footprint Cuts


June 30, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Leading North American foodmaker ConAgra Foods, Inc. says it will reduce its food packaging by 10 per cent per pound of food processed by 2015 as part of the company’s sweeping, five-pronged sustainability initiative targeting significant environmental improvements in the areas of product packaging, GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, water usage, solid waste diversion and supply-chain engagement.

In addition to the 10-percent-per-pound packaging reduction, as compared to the 2008 levels, the Omaha, Neb.-headquartered company—producer of the Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Orville Redenbacher’s, PAM, Peter Pan and many other popular packaged-food brands—is also planning to increase the amount of product packaging made from renewable resources from 45 per to more than 50 per cent by 2015, while boosting the use of recycled content in its packaging overall by 25 per cent during the same time.

“Because our food is part of the lives of millions of consumers each day, ConAgra Foods has a critical responsibility to create positive environmental change, and we can do that by making our food in the most sustainable and efficient way possible,” says ConAgra Foods chief executive Gary Rodkin. “We’ve set these new transparent sustainability goals to ensure we are a leader in continuously improving the way we make food, and to continue to create more awareness for what others can do to improve as well.”

Other key sustainability goals announced by ConAgra last month—to be tracked each year through the company’s online Corporate Responsibility Report—include: