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Sustainability Snackchat

Sustainability Snackchat

Good for the Earth is synonymous with good for people. And I’m not just talking about the end consumer. Sustainability benefits everyone along the supply chain from seed to shelf, both giving back to the planet and appealing to buyers’ bottom lines. Shoppers will continue returning to the comfort and peace of mind sustainability provides, and these names are just a few industry champions leading the charge…


Blake Belknap, Vice President of Sales, Rainier Fruit Company

“Rainier Fruit Company has been implementing sustainable farming practices for decades because it’s the right way to treat the land and grow for the most nutritious fruit. It has been exciting to see consumers begin to request not only organic, but responsibly grown product on the grocery shelves. The collection of sustainability initiatives that we deploy from orchard to warehouse continues to prove that this is a reciprocal relationship; happy and healthy land means happy and healthy trees and fruit.” 


Keith Fox, President, Fox Packaging

“Our focus is on product health; we want good, nutritious food to reach communities, and it is in the design of our packaging to combat food waste. The life extension features of our flexible packaging intentionally meet the needs of various fresh produce commodities as to allow them to stay fresh longer. While we are members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and actively working on reviewing materials in a responsible way, our team never forgets our core mission.”


Nikki Cossio, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Measure to Improve

“Sustainability is quickly becoming the cost of doing business as buyers relay consumer demands for sustainable products down the supply chain to the grower, packer, and producer level. However, with a proactive approach, those don’t have to be sunk costs—there is value to sustainability. Sustainability drives internal innovation, mitigates environmental and supply risks, attracts employees and improves morale, builds brand loyalty, improves resource efficiency, differentiates your product, and much more. While there are numerous sustainability challenges we face as an industry, it is also an opportunity to improve, evolve, and prepare for tomorrow.”


Thomas Taggart, Vice President of Operations, California Giant Berry Farms

“At California Giant Berry Farms, we recognize that sustainability is the foundation for a thriving business. Our holistic approach to sustainability ensures that we balance social, environmental, and economic considerations to best serve our customers and community. As stewards of the land, farming for the future is our greatest consideration. We are constantly ideating and challenging ourselves to evolve and be better for generations to come. Our sustainability journey is dynamic and ever-changing—but our vision to deliver the highest quality berries in the most sustainable way is our guiding light.”


Hans Sauter, Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Vice President, Research and Development, Agricultural Services, Fresh Del Monte

“At Fresh Del Monte Produce, our sustainability commitments go beyond benefiting the environment—they also impact the communities we grow and operate in. It is our goal for our agricultural operations and the environment to thrive together. And while we have had an increased demand for climate action and biodiversity, our consumers also want transparency—whether it’s knowing product origins or environmental ethical standards. Increased transparency is important as a business because it both holds us accountable and allows for consumers to be a part of our efforts. As a company, we are committed to being a leader in socially and environmentally responsible business practices.”


Don Helms, Vice President of Marketing, Soli Organic

“At Soli Organic, we believe that human and planetary health go hand-in-hand. Premium, yet affordable products consumers can feel good about are key to sustainability. Nine out of ten consumers say they would always purchase organic if it cost the same as regular produce. That’s why we meet the rigorous, proven organic standards and tackle environmental challenges head-on, like making our own natural fertilizer in-house with lower costs while avoiding energy-intensive chemical fertilizers. Our soil-based controlled environment system grows herbs, leafy greens, and more that are not only good for consumers and the planet, but just plain good!”