“The future viability of the world’s food supply chain is dependent upon our ability to integrate sustainability from farm to fork,” says Lara L. Sowinski, Editorial Director at Food Logistics. “Transportation and logistics comprise a significant part of that supply chain, and we commend those companies in our industry that embrace their role as environmental stewards, while raising the sustainability bar for their peers.”
“UNFI has taken a strong stance on reduction of our carbon footprint while keeping the sustainable goals in the forefront. We are committed to working with the latest technology to ensure year over year increases in MPG for our tractors and a reduction in gallons per hour consumed by our refrigerated trailers. Earning a place on Food Logistics' competitive Top Green Providers list again is an honor and affirms our drive to Discover What’s Next," said Jeff Wismans, National Director of Transportation at UNFI.
In 2016, UNFI made several key achievements in sustainability including:
- Entering into a national waste partnership
- Launching a sustainability software system
- Generating 1.6M kWh of clean energy from our Gilroy, CA solar array
- Improving fleet fuel efficiency by .43% year over year
- Avoiding 28,906 metric tons of CO2e by using rail in place of over-the-road trucks
- Diverting 24,700 tons of waste from landfills
About United Natural Foods
For over 40 years, UNFI has delivered healthier food options to more people. The company carries and distributes more than 100,000 products to more than 43,000 customer locations throughout the United States and Canada. UNFI serves a wide variety of sales channels including conventional supermarket chains, natural product superstores, independent retailers, eCommerce and food service. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.unfi.com.