Greenfield Foods has a longstanding commitment to source eggs from suppliers certified under the Bord Bia Egg Quality Assurance Scheme (EQAS). Despite the strong recognition of quality assurance schemes within the international market, consumers are now seeking additional sustainability attributes in the products they purchase. Therefore, in consultation with the Irish egg industry, the longstanding EQAS transitioned in 2017 to become the Bord Bia Sustainable Egg Assurance Scheme (SEAS).
Understanding the importance of sustainability not only to customers but also to improving business performance, the company has committed to sourcing 100% of its eggs from farms with SEAS certification. SEAS contains the pre-existing quality requirements around traceability, animal welfare, biosecurity, pest and food safety management, but now scheme members are required to record data on sustainability. Under the scheme, egg producers are required to maintain records on aspects such as energy use, litter type and feed usage, and at their packing centres submit sustainability data including electricity use, packaging use, water use and distances incurred from delivery and collection of eggs.
The data collected from Greenfield Foods’ producers is used to calculate their carbon footprint. This is included in a feedback report on the member’s quality assurance and sustainability performance, allowing them to make informed decisions on improving the sustainability of their business.
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