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Sustainability

At Gehl Food & Beverage, sustainability is embedded into every facet of our organization. Our Sustainability Program’s goal is to ensure that our interaction with the planet today will help preserve natural resources and avoid jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. 

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Our Sustainability Approach

Our sustainability program focuses on five key aspects of our work environment. These goals are driven by the global needs of our customers, employees, and communities in which we operate. 

 

Responsible Consumption & Production

Packaging is a necessary part of any food and beverage manufacturing process. However, non-sustainable packaging can lead to overflowing landfills and oceans clogged with trash. We’ve heard from our customers how important it is to have sustainable packaging options for their food and beverages. 


Gehl Food & Beverage and CNP are working to achieve sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources within all facilities. Minimizing food and material packaging and waste is part of this goal, and we are also integrating circular economy principles to further encourage sustainable practices going forward. 

 

At our Wisconsin facilities this effort includes: 

  • Establishing and refining a recycling program 
  • Redesigning our pallets using less material and establishing measurement against board feet reduced 
  • Diverting liquid food waste to be repurposed for renewable energy at feed farms
  • Purchasing a dewatering bailer for the Tetra Pak® production line expansion

 

At our California facilities this effort includes: 

  • Diverting liquid waste from landfills for use in animal feed
  • Recycling and converting Tetra Pak® packaging to tissue paper

 

 

Climate & Energy

Climate change and energy efficiency are front-of-mind for manufacturers today. The Gehl Food & Beverage organization is no different. We’ve seen a rapid increase in customers assessing Scope 3 GHG emissions and an adoption of Science-Based Targets and Net Zero GHG commitments. We’re determined to meet these customer needs while we work to reduce the impact of our operations on our environment. 

 

 

At our Wisconsin facilities this effort includes: 

  • Using dry-vans with electric heaters to replace gas heaters, saving fuel
  • Cutting down on Scope 3 emissions by using fewer fleet trucks to deliver
  • Upgrading air compressor controls to save energy
  • Minimizing culinary steam impact, which saves both water and energy

 

At our California facilities this effort includes: 

  • Upgrading insulation within our facilities 
  • Upgrading air compressors to save energy
  • Assessing a solar project in Lathrop
  • Updating the economizer to save energy

 

Sustainability Initiatives

Many of our sustainability initiatives would fail without the support of all teammates, both in our workplace and throughout our supply chain. Through this initiative, we will develop a highly-trained workforce that is engaged, accountable, technically sound, and motivated to enhance stainabilty throughout our workplace and supply chain. 


This initiative includes: 

  • Coordinating with Human Resources at both sites to create a consistent employee retention culture 
  • Providing stronger communications for employees via kiosks, newsletters, and consistent messaging
  • Refining our continuous improvement suggestion program and opportunity for improvement cards
  • Conducting an in-depth review of new employee orientation and hiring practices
     

 

 

 

 

Health and Wellbeing

Part of creating a work environment that is committed to sustainability is focusing on the well-being of employees, customers, suppliers, consumers, and our community.   As part of that focus, we are establishing new practices with the aim of preventing all workplace injuries. 


These practices include: 

  • Continuing to push for a robust safety culture through team engagement
  • Enhancing training efforts to more easily comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws
     

Water Stewardship

Our changing climate has put greater stress on our water systems and the availability of water across the country. Gehl Food & Beverage and CNP are doing our part in conserving water, by improving water-use efficiency throughout our facilities to better ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to our communities. 

 

At our Wisconsin facilities, this effort includes: 

  • Working on direct stream usage, replacing a boiler with culinary steam, which is direct steam from culinary filters and directly into product 
  • Continuing to work with waste removal companies to evaluate waste being sent for disposal

 

At our California facilities, this effort includes: 

  • Reducing RO water consumption through batching efficiencies and exploring the use of city water where applicable to reduce waste
  • Reducing the feed to pump operations

 

The Heart of Gehl Food & Beverage

Our Sustainable Vision

Sustainability is at the heart of the Gehl Food & Beverage orgnization's strategic decision making and day-to-day operations. We know how important these practices are to our customers and employees. When we work with you, you’re helping us achieve our goal of creating a brighter, more sustainable future. 

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Gehl Food & Beverage and CNP are devoted to customer satisfaction, and we are happy to hear from you. 

Contact us with any questions you may have.