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Berry grower focuses on reducing carbon footprint

This Earth Day, Naturipe Farms is proud to celebrate a storied legacy of leadership in sustainability and taking actions that prioritize the planet.

As of 2024, 28 percent of Naturipe Farms products are packed and/or cooled using renewable energy. This shift – which includes solar installations in New Jersey, California, and Chile – is partially responsible for Naturipe lowering their overall carbon emissions by 100,000 metric tons. Next month, they will be celebrating the installation of the largest solar project to date.

"Our growers have worked hard to set a standard for sustainability while giving back to the communities they grow in," said Janis McIntosh, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Naturipe Farms. "As they continue to pioneer advancements in sustainability at all levels, Naturipe Farms must prioritize and sustain the long history of the family farms, the nucleus of our business."

In addition to the pivot to renewable energy, Naturipe Farms is championing sustainability efforts in several other key areas. Their packaging continues to have a high level of Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) content, including certified ocean-bound plastic. Naturipe understands that PCR is critical to the circular economy, therefore, two years ago committed key real estate on their brand label to prompt consumers to recycle.

With over 1,000 acres of pollinator habitats worldwide, Naturipe growers contribute to the protection and growth of pollinator communities – crucial partners in our ecosystems. Additionally, the company enriches their soil by composting organic waste – such as berry culls, leaves, and stems – and returning it back to the earth. Regenerative growing techniques such as cover cropping and chop and drop pruning, that additionally feed and preserve the biological structures of the soil, are invaluable to their crop. Additionally, for decades, judicial use of water has been part of their growers' system plan, utilizing metered drip irrigation, as well as capture and reuse techniques, such as tiling.

These efforts are the foundation of Naturipe's Cultivate with Care™ program, which is a commitment to operate in a way that minimizes environmental impact and uplifts the communities berries are grown in.

For more information:
Janis McIntosh
Naturipe Farms
[email protected]

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