When building their new headquarters facility in Kansas City, Kan., Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) had sustainability on its mind. Recently recognized for these efforts, the global food cooperative was a finalist in the “Sustainability/CSR Initiative” and “Best Cheese” categories for the FoodBev Media’s World Dairy Innovation Awards at the Global Dairy Congress held in Warsaw, Poland.
Using 100% LED lighting, composting waste and providing electric vehicle charging stations were just some of the efforts DFA used to qualify for the Silver LEED award. These measures have helped electric cars drive 2,500 miles over the past year, remove 3.68 tons of waste from landfills and reduce 40 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent of taking nine cars off the road for one year.
“When we set out to build our new headquarters building for DFA, we knew that it was important to pay homage to our farmer ownership. So, just as our farmers are stewards of the land, our new building embodies the same dedication to sustainability,” says Kristen Coady, vice president of corporate communications at DFA. “Being recognized for our sustainability efforts is truly an honor, and we are thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our more than 14,500 farmer-owners.”
Along with their sustainability efforts, DFA also excelled using their new product, Borden Thick Cut Shreds. With each shred approximately five times larger and twice as heavy as the average shredded cheese, the shreds allow for a richer texture and more coverage when melted.
“Shredded cheese is the largest segment of the category, yet lacked innovation, so it’s exciting to be recognized for bringing new news to the category,” says Flavia Panza, general manager at DFA.
For a full listing of 2018 finalists and award winners, visit foodbev.com