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Transportation Case Studies

CO2 Emissions Cut by More than 10% from UK & Ireland Logistics Networks

In the UK & Ireland we’ve cut CO2 by more than 10% from our customer delivery networks and by as much as 14% for our iconic Tomato Ketchup. This has been achieved a full two years ahead of target. It’s a saving of over 2,300 tonnes of CO2 a year and equivalent to taking around 1,000 family cars off the road each year. Fewer and friendlier miles will always be our quest.

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A “Sea” Change in the Netherlands Reduces Emissions and Truck Traffic

In January 2013, Heinz began using an inland waterway in the Netherlands – rather than trucks – to transport approximately 1 million bottles of Heinz Ketchup by barge each day from its factory in Elst, Netherlands to the port of Rotterdam, where the ketchup is then shipped by sea to customers throughout Europe.

“Switching to the inland waterway shipping is a sustainable solution that removes 10,000 rides from the highway annually. It reduces related carbon dioxide emissions by 15% and helps alleviate traffic congestion,” says Tom Tillemans, head of Logistics Network Development for Heinz Europe.“

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Every day, a barge loaded with Heinz Ketchup sales from the inland container terminal of Cuijk, which is near the Elst factory.

Heinz switched to inland waterway shipping with the support of the Lean and Green Barge project in the Netherlands, which encourages companies to make greater use of inland waterways as an alternative to highway shipping.

The “sea change” is just one of the sustainable initiatives at Heinz Benelux, which is participating in a new supply chain partnership that is driving distribution efficiency and taking trucks off the road to reduce fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Launched in October 2012, the partnership involves three other consumer product companies – FrieslandCampina, SCA Hygiene Products and Hero Benelux – and logistics provider Nabuurs, which is warehousing and transporting products from all four companies for distribution to retail and foodservice channels. 

The distribution hub is an additional Nabuurs warehouse close to the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Products from Heinz and the three other companies are centrally warehoused and shipped to customers in combined truckloads.

“Importantly, the trucks are optimally filled, resulting in more sustainable distribution and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” says Tillemans.

Heinz Benelux manufactures and markets foods that are distributed to retail and foodservice channels in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Its leading brands include Heinz, Honig and De Ruijter.