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How U.S. Brand Lowered Carbon Footprint Of Tuna United States, December 7, 12

Chicken of the Sea, one of the leading U.S. tuna brands, is trying to ship tuna from its plants to its customers directly to reduce its environmental impact. The company’s transportation footprint, including ocean and intermodal freight transportation, accounts for 80% of its greenhouse gas emissions.
By bypassing its own warehouse and distribution centers, and carrying about three weeks of inventory instead of six to eight weeks at a time, the company says it is reducing its carbon footprint.
Back in 2009, the brand also moved half of its operations closer to home, from American Samoa to Lyons, Georgia, which helped lessen its carbon output, says the company.
The other half of its tuna is processed in Thailand by its owner, Thai Union, which explains the heavy transportation impact.
The rest of Chicken of the Sea’s emissions stems from its factories. At the Lyons plant, the company plans to build new thawing chambers to decrease its water usage by about two-thirds, to 90,000 gallons a day. Already, the processing facility ensures about 60% of its solid waste is diverted from landfills by composting and making use of its tuna waste as animal feed.