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Sustainability

Opportunities and Challenges in the Fresh Produce Industry

Sustainability

Opportunities and Challenges in the Fresh Produce Industry

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SUSTAINABILITY CASE STUDY:

For South Africa's ZZ2, It Starts with the Soil

ZZ2 produces around 50 percent of all the tomatoes sold in South Africa, yet was facing an existential crisis by the late 1990s. The iconic 100+ year-old brand’s farming practices were increasingly becoming unsustainable, demanding more and more inputs while delivering declining returns. It took a profound mind shift to turn the company’s fortunes around. Ultimately, ZZ2 steered away from conventional agriculture to a system that seeks to farm in harmony with nature. That system, Natuurboerdery®, began with a focus on soil health – but did not end there. The results have been dramatic. Today, the company produces twice as many boxes of top-graded tomatoes on only about 100 more hectares of land.

For South Africa's ZZ2, It Starts with the Soil

ZZ2 produces around 50 percent of all the tomatoes sold in South Africa, yet was facing an existential crisis by the late 1990s. The iconic 100+ year-old brand’s farming practices were increasingly becoming unsustainable, demanding more and more inputs while delivering declining returns. It took a profound mind shift to turn the company’s fortunes around. Ultimately, ZZ2 steered away from conventional agriculture to a system that seeks to farm in harmony with nature. That system, Natuurboerdery®, began with a focus on soil health – but did not end there. The results have been dramatic. Today, the company produces twice as many boxes of top-graded tomatoes on only about 100 more hectares of land.

For South Africa's ZZ2, It Starts with the Soil

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Sustainable Packaging Alternatives

In this lightning learning webinar, Ed Treacy, PMA Vice President, Supply Chain & Sustainability, hosted nine companies to discuss how to reduce single-use plastics and to review sustainable packaging alternatives to single-use plastic packaging.

In this lightning learning webinar, Ed Treacy, PMA Vice President, Supply Chain & Sustainability, hosted nine companies to discuss how to reduce single-use plastics and to review sustainable packaging alternatives to single-use plastic packaging.

In this lightning learning webinar, Ed Treacy, PMA Vice President, Supply Chain & Sustainability, hosted nine companies to discuss how to reduce single-use plastics and to review sustainable packaging alternatives to single-use plastic packaging.

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Labor Force of the Future
According to one report published in 2013 by Oxford University’s Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment, 47% of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. A PricewaterhouseCoopers March 2017 report suggests 38% of U.S. jobs are in jeopardy to automation. According to one report published in 2013 by Oxford University’s Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment, 47% of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. A PricewaterhouseCoopers March 2017 report suggests 38% of U.S. jobs are in jeopardy to automation. According to one report published in 2013 by Oxford University’s Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment, 47% of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. A PricewaterhouseCoopers March 2017 report suggests 38% of U.S. jobs are in jeopardy to automation.
New! Sustainability case studies from PMA members
See how Limoneira has found competitive advantage in energy self-sufficiency in the latest sustainability case study. See how Limoneira has found competitive advantage in energy self-sufficiency in the latest sustainability case study. See how Limoneira has found competitive advantage in energy self-sufficiency in the latest sustainability case study.
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How can reusable plastics promote sustainability?
PMA Sustainability Committee member Louis DeMaso of Lipman and our VP of supply chain and sustainability, Ed Treacy, share insights in this Reusable Transport Packaging post. PMA Sustainability Committee member Louis DeMaso of Lipman and our VP of supply chain and sustainability, Ed Treacy, share insights in this Reusable Transport Packaging post. PMA Sustainability Committee member Louis DeMaso of Lipman and our VP of supply chain and sustainability, Ed Treacy, share insights in this Reusable Transport Packaging post.
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Ed Treacy Vice President, Supply Chain and Sustainability
Ed Treacy
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