Minimum Origin Green Targets Required Annually = 7
Spotlight Target Area: Raw Material Sourcing
Total Produce aspires to lead their industry, not only commercially, but also in terms of responsible trading practices. Total Produce’s company values of Collaboration, Integrity, Consumer Empow-erment, Local at Heart and Growing Together are the platform for their sustainability agenda. The Total Produce ‘e-Plan’ is the sustainable group programme developed
to assure best economic, environmental and social practices are implemented across their operations. ‘e-Plan’ details the overall direction of group efforts to improve collective sustainability while localised technical plans, including their Origin Green Charter Plan, outline specific targets and timelines.
Supporting Responsible Suppliers
Under their Origin Green plan led by Maire McDonnell, Group Brand Manager, Total Produce had their Origin Green plan verified in 2017. The company set a target of sourcing 100% of its Irish produce from growers that participate in Bord Bia’s Sustainable Horticulture Quality Assurance Scheme and other produce sourced from growers and companies that participate in other certified schemes such as Global GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and BRC (British Retail Consortium). In 2019 they achieved a 39% increase from 2018 in this target area.
Total Produce achieved an exemplary performance in this target area for 2019 for the way in which it works with its suppliers to encourage them to maintain and retain their responsible sourcing status. They were instrumental in encouraging and supporting their suppliers to transition to Bord Bia’s new Sustainable Horticulture Assurance Scheme.
“Inspired by consumers passion for sustainability and recognising customer commitment to meet that demand, in Total Produce we’re determined to lead the way in our sector; ensuring best practices across the supply chain, reducing ever further the impact of our own operations and establishing ourselves as the supplier of choice for sustainable fresh produce.”