Canadian food & bev sector sustainability news round-up


Budweiser has announced a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Capital Power, a leading player in state-of-the-art energy sustainability, including approximately 51% of the electricity generated by a new solar facility in Taber, Alberta. Of Budweiser’s contracted electricity, approximately one-quarter will be bundled with project-generated RECs directly from the solar facility and three-quarters will be bundled with RECs sourced elsewhere in Canada. This milestone development is the next chapter in AB InBev’s global sustainability strategy in which Labatt Breweries of Canada plays a significant role, and specifically the Budweiser brand’s commitment to produce every beer it brews using 100% renewable electricity.

Tim Hortons has launched Tims For Good, a sustainability platform designed to promote continuous improvement at Tim Hortons across three pillars: people and communities, food and beverage quality, and the planet. Since 2005, Tim Hortons has worked with smallholder coffee farming families who are most in need of our support. To date, our partnerships have been implemented in Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Brazil and Tanzania and have impacted more than 30,000 coffee farmers and their families, of which 7,000 are women and 4,800 are young adults. “We’re proud to be serving Canadians 100 per cent ethically sourced coffee,” says Kevin West, Vice President of Coffee Operations for Tim Hortons.

Open Farm, a Toronto-based premium pet food brand committed to raising the bar on pet nutrition, has announced its bold 10-year decarbonization strategy.  With sustainability and transparency at its core, Open Farm is embarking on a progressive journey to greatly reduce the brand’s carbon footprint by 2030. Starting with a commitment to offset emissions from the company’s direct operations and manufacturing, Open Farm will set and work towards ambitious science-based targets to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of its new Climate Strategy, expanding the brand’s established Do Some Good® Initiative.

As a first plan of action toward offsetting carbon emissions, Open Farm has chosen to support three high impact programs that provide verified carbon offsets. These particular offset programs contribute to the preservation of important ecosystems in the agricultural and forestry sectors and have co-benefits that reflect Open Farm’s mission, such as the preservation of biodiversity and the protection of endangered species. These include Darkwoods Forest Conservation Project, Canada: Located in British Columbia, this project sequesters carbon reserves and protects essential habitats for dozens of at-risk animal species. By protecting ecosystems and conservation areas consisting of parks and forest lands, the project also preserves numerous freshwater systems throughout the mountainous region.

Kashi, a pioneer in natural foods with operations in US and Canada, announces that it has officially joined 1% for the Planet, committing to the donation of 1% of Kashi annual sales to nonprofit organizations that support a variety of environmental causes. Kashi is dedicated to making eating well easy through foods that are better for both people and for our planet.


Photo: Tim Hortons