London — Olam Food Ingredients (OFI) has developed its first public sustainability targets for its 50,000 acres of almond orchards and farming operations in Australia and the U.S.
The Almond Trail strategy sets targets for water stewardship, carbon reduction and support for communities and ecosystems, including a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with achieving a 1.5˚C pathway.
“At every stage, from plant to palate, we aim to delight consumers while supporting our purpose to be the change for good food and a healthy future. As one of the world’s largest almond growers, we’ve long invested in sustainable practices across some of our almond farming operations, like state-of-the-art irrigation and bee-friendly habitats,” says Ashok Krishen, CEO of OFI’s nuts platform. “Now, we are seeking to deliver even more transparency and impact by setting public targets and sharing our data and insights.”
The 2030 targets include increasing irrigation distribution uniformity to 90 percent on all orchards, reducing absolute scope one and two GHG emissions in line with achieving a 1.5˚C pathway and offsetting 75 percent of total energy demand by purchasing renewable energy. The company also notes it hopes to achieve Bee Friendly certification across 100 percent of almond orchards.
“We applaud OFI’s public recognition of the important role bees and other insects play in almond production, and the company’s dedication to creating healthy ecosystems and improving diversity,” Fiona Chambers, CEO of The Wheen Bee Foundation adds. “OFI has shown great leadership in its commitment to increasing pollinator habitats and foraging crops and balancing the risks related to pest management with pollinator welfare front of mind, as part of its 2030 goals. The company’s partnerships with universities, almond boards and other related organizations will ensure best-practice pollinator management techniques are employed across the supply chain.”