At Knorr®, we’ve always prided ourselves on the quality of what we produce, from sourcing the best quality ingredients, to putting passionate and talented chefs in our kitchens.
The Sustainability Initiative at Knorr®
We bring this same passion for quality to our quest for sustainability, because we firmly believe that food grown responsibly is the best approach. It means reducing water consumption to produce our crops. It means protecting the environment and biodiversity in the areas surrounding our farms.
As a member of the Unilever family, Knorr is proud to be part of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which drives our 2020 ambitions and commitments! You can find out more about the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan from the following link: http://unilever.com/sustainable-living
As part of the Sustainable Living Plan, Knorr is currently focused on four key areas, on a global scale:
- Sustainable sourcing
- Greenhouse gases
1. Sustainable sourcing
We have a big ambition of getting ALL of our vegetables, meat, herbs and spices from sustainable sources by 2020. We are well on the way to reach our goal of sustainably sourcing our top 13 global vegetables and herbs by the end of 2015.
To make our ambition a reality, working with our key suppliers, like Olam in California, we have created the Knorr® Landmark Farms program. These farms are the most advanced in responsible farming and lead by example, demonstrating to our other farmers the positive impact that sustainable agriculture can have on the quality of raw materials – helping us make great tasting products, while helping protect the environment.
A great example of one of our US Landmark Farms is Worth Farms, located in California, who grows our sweet, fragrant onions. They conducted an innovative project with the Knorr Sustainability Partnership Fund, which aims to support farmers on complex sustainable agriculture projects. This particular project was called “Dust-Off”, and its purpose was to help ensure water resources are protected and sustainable. Project “Dust Off” sought to reduce the amount of water used to control dust on ranch roadways by trialing a completely new application. The ‘dust-off’ application was applied to 9 miles of farmland, resulting in savings of 9.6 million gallons of water, 1,200 hours of labor and over $83,000 for the grower. That means that 1 mile of dust off application can save over 1 million gallons of water. In a water-scarce environment, like the San Joaquin Valley in California, this new method could have quite an impact.
You can get a personal glimpse of Worth Farms in the video below.
Food is our passion, and nutrition lies at the core of Knorr®. Globally, by 2020 we will double the proportion of Knorr® products that meet the highest nutritional standards based on globally recognized dietary guidelines and in North America are especially focused on salt reduction.
3. Waste reduction
By 2020 we aim to reduce the waste material that goes to landfill by 50%, by investigating opportunities at every part of our supply chain.
We know halving our environmental footprint is ambitious but we are determined to make it happen by taking a multi-faceted approach, including reducing, reusing, recycling and minimizing packaging materials from our products.
4. Greenhouse gases
We’re also working on contributing to the Unilever goal of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020. We will achieve this by introducing improvements in our manufacturing process and by using raw and packaging materials that require less energy input in their manufacturing processes.
We’re certainly taking on a challenge, but we think it’s the right thing to do. At the heart of all this is our love for food and flavor, because we believe that looking after the environment where our food comes from can only make our ingredients great.
And we’ll go to any length, if it means delicious food on your plate.