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Chicken Of The Sea Reports On Its Environmental Policy United States, August 23, 12

Chicken of the Sea, US third largest seafood brand and a major canned tuna supplier, released its first corporate sustainability report on Wednesday after conducting a year-long assessment. It intends to make a significant reduction in energy use by making it thawing chambers for precooked loins more efficient.
Headquartered in California, the company identified four key areas for improvement: reducing energy, waste and water, promoting responsible supply chain efforts, engaging employees, and supporting sustainability throughout the entire product life cycle. The independent party, Strategic Sustainability Consulting, assisted in the internal evaluation.
In 2011, Chicken of the Sea measured the impact of its carbon footprint and found it was responsible for about 75,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, with freight transportation accounting for 78% of its total carbon output. Since the company does not own or operate its own fleet, it relies on third party providers and it will encourage them to improve their CO2 emissions reduction programs, according to the report. Chicken of the Sea also established a new Supplier Code of Conduct earlier this year, which sets out the expectations of all vendors for environment responsibility.
Besides transportation activities, the company’s premises also factored into its carbon footprint. Premise emissions accounted for 19% and Chicken of the Sea plans to replace existing facility lighting with LED models to reduce energy use.

In terms of waste, the company managed to divert 64% from landfill and wastewater treatment in 2011. This year, it will continue to reduce edible and scrap metal waste, while adding the recycle symbol to applicable packaging to help consumers recycle post-consumption.

At its Georgia tuna canning facility, about half of the water use is used for thawing precooked frozen tuna loins so that they can be processed and canned. In 2012, Chicken of the Sea plans to install new thawing chambers that will cut this water use from 250,000 gallons to 90,000 gallons of water each day.

Environmental impacts across the entire product life cycle will also be prioritized in the coming year, from supporting green fishing practices through to recycled-content packaging materials.

The company will also continue to engage its employees to improve sustainability efforts in the workplace.

“In 2011, our main focus was on collecting robust data to create a baseline against which to measure our future environmental progress. Starting in 2012, we will use that information to identify opportunities to reduce our impacts, streamline our sustainability efforts, implement new environmental management systems and set goals and targets for the future,” says Chicken of the Sea.

Chicken of the Sea is a subsidiary of Thai Union Frozen Products, Thailand’s largest producer of canned and frozen seafood and the world’s largest canned tuna producer.