Carbery


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Business Background

Sector
Dairy

“Environmental care, sustainable practices and caring for our people have always been core values at Carbery. Our participation in Origin Green has dove-tailed easily with our pre-existing sustainability agenda and it complements the ethos of the company perfectly. Carbery is dedicated to being a socially responsible, environmentally aware company. The Origin Green initiative, as a framework for development and continued improvement, is closely aligned with the group strategy and vision.”

 

 


Case Study

Carbery – Quality, service and innovation

Established in 1965, Carbery Group is a leading international food ingredients, flavours and cheese manufacturer. Carbery is farmer owned and its headquarters are in Cork, Ireland.

The Company is one of Ireland’s leading producers of cheese. Products include the “Dubliner” brand and cheddar. Its ingredients business includes dairy based ingredients and flavours. The company pioneered the production of whey proteins in the mid-1970s and has since then been at the forefront on technological innovation in this sector. In 1998, Carbery expanded its ingredients business to include flavours. Carbery has grown its flavour business through a combination of organic and acquisitive expansion. Today, the company operates from ten locations, in Ireland, the UK, USA, Brazil and Thailand.

While Carbery is an international food ingredients, flavours, and cheese producer, its roots and heritage are firmly established in the dairy sector. The company is owned by its farmer shareholders based in West Cork and its primary dairy processing facility is in Ballineen. It processes approximately 390 million litres of milk and produces close to 40,000 metric tonnes of cheese annually. This case study is associated with the aforementioned Ballineen site.

Developing sustainability

Environment

Carbery recognises that businesses have an important role to play in protecting the environment. That’s why it incorporates an environmental strategy into the day-to-day running of its businesses and into the long term targets of the Company. Every year, it completes an environmental report and strives to improve results year on year.

Carbery Milk Suppliers

In 2012, the Carbery Greener Dairy Farms Project was set up with the aim of identifying methods of improving the sustainability of suppliers. Knowledge learned through this trial is distributed to all suppliers through activities including farm walks, seminars and newsletters.

Carbery works closely with Animal Health Ireland (AHI) on a variety of programmes including the ‘CellCheck’ Programme, which aims to reduce mastitis in the national herd. Carbery have also worked closely with AHI promoting Johne’s disease control by dove-tailing the AHI national Pilot Scheme with a Carbery run programme.

Commitment

Carbery is proud of its sustainability achievements. For example, it has introduced a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) incorporating Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) best practice and achieved the Quality ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. It has also become a member of SEDEX* which aims to improve ethics and practices in the global food supply chain. Carbery completed the SEDEX Members Ethical Trade Audit to enable it to identify weaknesses and improve long-term sustainability objectives.

In addition, the company is committed to implementing a sustainable sourcing policy for all its suppliers.

 What does Origin Green membership mean for Carbery?

Carbery’s holistic approach to sustainability makes it an ideal candidate for Origin Green. The company’s sustainability team is pursuing objectives in all areas of operations – assessing environmental, social and financial impacts. Carbery’s goal is to continue to satisfy customers while also caring for the environment.

As part of its sustainability plan, Carbery has targeted five areas: water usage, biodiversity, sustainable dairy production, energy consumption/ emissions, and waste.

Under its Origin Green plan, Carbery commits to:

  • Work with farmers to promote more sustainable dairy production and animal welfare
  • Enhance biodiversity at facilities through planting of trees and shrubs and installing bird boxes
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 13% by converting to biomass fuel and through other advanced technologies.
  • Reduce water consumption by 12%, while increasing output by 11%
  • Reduce landfill waste by 2%
  • Reduce its chemical oxygen demand (COD) loadings by 15%
  • Achieve the ISO 50001 energy-management standard in early 2014
  • Ensure all milk suppliers are members of Bord Bia’s Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme

“Environmental care, sustainable practices and caring for our people have always been core values at Carbery. Our participation in Origin Green has dove-tailed easily with our pre-existing sustainability agenda and it complements the ethos of the company perfectly. Carbery is dedicated to being a socially responsible, environmentally aware company. The Origin Green initiative, as a framework for development and continued improvement, is closely aligned with the group strategy and vision.”

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