Sunkist - Sustainability

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Recycled and Recyclable Packaging Materials

  • All corrugate packaging is made from recycled materials and is recyclable
  • Reusable plastic containers (RPC) and CHEP reusable pallets are utilized for shipping
  • Supplementary packaging is sourced from Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) compliant suppliers
  • Citrus bags are recyclable to reduce waste
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Environmentally Friendly Packaging

  • Graphics on corrugate packaging are printed with water-based aqueous inks
  • No wax or petro-chemical coatings are used in the carton manufacturing process, allowing for clean clippings
  • Priority is given to local suppliers for carbon footprint considerations
  • Read our case study, Carton Manufacturing, on Greener Fields Together

Integrated Pest Management

  • One of the cornerstones of Sunkist’s IPM program is biological control, defined as using good insects (“beneficials”) to eliminate economically harmful insects
  • Sunkist's sustainable program uses an integrated approach which includes the judicious use of some chemical crop protection tools to keep natural biological control methods effective and to protect the environment
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  • Fruit not meeting Sunkist's fresh market size or appearance standards is processed into a wide variety of juice and peel products. As part of Sunkist's total-use concept, efficient use is made of the entire fruit – from the juice to the pulp to the oil that is extracted.
  • Nothing goes to waste, not even the peel…which is delivered to local dairies to make a nutritious addition to cattle feed.
  • Read our case study, From Grove to Glass and Beyond: Using the Whole Fruit, on Greener Fields Together.
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Energy Related Projects Update

  • Hydroelectric and wind turbines are being used to create clean and renewable energy. Total combined capacity generates electricity to power 13,000 homes annually
  • A program is in place at operation centers to temporarily reduce energy usage during peak demand periods. Additionally, older equipment is replaced with newer, more efficient and energy-savings units to further reduce energy use and costs
  • Wood chips, paper trimming as waste byproducts in manufacturing are collected along with com posted organic materials to create new biomass energy such as electricity and heat