In October 2023, The Wonderful Company joined a cohort of industry leaders pledging to take bold action to reverse climate change through focused investments in food waste, packaging, and renewable energy as part of the Climate Collaborative, an independent nonprofit organization working to catalyze bold climate action among natural product companies to help solve the climate crisis and create a healthier, more just, and more equitable world.
“As America’s largest farmer of tree crops and one of the nation’s biggest produce companies, we recognize that sustainability is crucial for the well-being of our planet as well as our products,” said Steve Swartz, chief strategy officer, The Wonderful Company. “We are proud to be recognized by the Climate Collaborative for tackling climate change through innovation in the areas of food waste, packaging, and renewable energy.”
Reducing food waste in supply chains can significantly reduce a company’s impact on the climate. Each year, The Wonderful Company has successfully diverted half a billion pounds of material away from landfills by identifying and extracting value-added byproducts from our waste. In 2020, we launched a $1 Million Wonderful Innovation Challenge to identify solutions for the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated by juicing POM Wonderful pomegranates.
The Wonderful Company has also been tackling the single-use plastic challenge head-on with our two iconic beverage brands, FIJI Water and POM Wonderful. Both brands are in a full transition of its PET beverage bottles to 100 percent recycled PET (rPET) by 2025, which will not only reduce waste, but also leave a 60 percent lower carbon footprint than virgin PET, according to NAPCOR.
In 2019, we announced our commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy in the U.S. – from our orchards to our offices – by 2025. We also joined RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world’s biggest companies committed to using 100 percent renewable energy. Today, over half of our electricity comes from renewable energy, putting us on track to reach our goal of 100 percent in the U.S. by 2025, and globally by 2040.
To learn more about how The Wonderful Company serves as a responsible steward of the environment through sustainable agriculture, energy, packaging, water, and waste, visit csr.wonderful.com/programs/sustainability.