As a global food company, Heinz relies heavily on transportation to move commodities like tomatoes and the products that we manufacture from field to factory to store.
We have found that effective management of our comprehensive transportation network is one of the keys to reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transportation.
Heinz is focused on continuously improving the efficiency of our transportation network while working closely with our logistics carriers to meet our global goal of a 10% reduction in fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions per unit of production.
Our priority is to maximize fuel efficiency from our facilities to the customer through a variety of initiatives. For example, Heinz partners with our logistics carriers and internal teams to incorporate efficient fuel management practices and increase cube utilization through packaging redesigns (the amount of product per pallet). By increasing the number of items each truck carries, we can move more product with fewer trucks on the road.
As described below, we are also taking advantage of transportation optimization programs such as The Green Order in Continental Europe and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay® Transport Partnership and working with carriers that subscribe to these voluntary programs.
Our goal of delivering a 10% reduction in transportation-related fuel and GHG emissions by 2015 is based on an adjusted baseline year of 2009 rather than 2005. This baseline revision was necessary due to previous challenges in collecting and accessing accurate data from our distribution partners. We have addressed this issue and expect accurate measurements as a result. Changing the baseline year to a shorter reporting cycle presents a greater challenge for the Company to meet this specific goal.
Through comprehensive transportation initiatives that include reducing mileage, packaging reductions and alternative modes of transport, Heinz is reporting initial progress against this goal and remains committed to achieving our stated 2015 goal.