Moy Park wins plaudits for sustainability drive

Poultry giant Moy Park has picked up two gongs at this year’s Waitrose Way awards for efforts to reduce its environmental footprint.

Moy Park won two “Treading Lightly” awards from the supermarket for cutting 11,300t of carbon from its operations and saving £2m in energy costs in 2012, as well as diverting over 96% of waste away from landfill across its UK processing sites.

The firm said waste once sent to landfill was now either recycled or used for energy, and that a number of projects had been proposed for next year focusing on water recovery, upgrading refrigeration units and recycling across its primary sites.

Quentin Clark, head of sustainability and ethical sourcing at Waitrose, said: “These awards are a fantastic way of celebrating the hard work that our suppliers have been doing to improve the sustainability of their businesses and ultimately the Waitrose business as a whole.

“It was hard to pick the winners from such a high standard of applicants and we are delighted that so many suppliers share the same goals that we do.”

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