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Sustainability Initiative

Flowers Foods' commitment to sustainability makes us a stronger corporate citizen as we do what is right for all our stakeholders and the environment.

Our initiatives:

  • Reduce manufacturing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 10% per metric ton of product.
  • Reduce water use 10% per metric ton of product.
  • Achieve zero waste to landfill company-wide (i.e. 90% or greater diversion of waste from landfill).

*As compared to our 2015 baseline


Our progress:

As reported in our 2015 Sustainability Report:

  • Collectively, our bakeries achieved an average solid waste diversion rate of 95%.
  • We launched a Smart Saves program to promote sustainable actions, with an initial focus on reducing energy use from compressed air. During the year, we encouraged bakeries to identify and repair costly compressed air leaks.
  • We completed the 10th anniversary of our tray recycling program, recycling nearly one million pounds of broken high-density polyethylene (HDPE) trays instead of putting them into landfill.
  • We participated, for the first time, in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Survey.

At Flowers' Crossville, Tenn., bakery, Director of Engineering Frank Palmer (left), and Engineering Supervisor Dan Rutherford use an ultrasound detector to locate compressed air leaks. Finding and fixing air leaks save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.   Flowers' Suwanee bakery glows brightly with much less energy behind ESS Director Lisa Leemore and Director of Engineering Randy Johnson. In 2015, the bakery began installing LED lights that have reduced energy usage for lighting by 70%

At Flowers' Crossville, Tenn., bakery, Director of Engineering Frank Palmer (left), and Engineering Supervisor Dan Rutherford use an ultrasound detector to locate compressed air leaks. Finding and fixing air leaks save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

 

Flowers' Suwanee bakery glows brightly with much less energy behind ESS Director Lisa Leemore and Director of Engineering Randy Johnson. In 2015, the bakery began installing LED lights that have reduced energy usage for lighting by 70%.



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Flowers Foods 2015 Sustainability Report

Flowers Foods 2015
Sustainability Report

 

Flowers Foods 2014
Sustainability Report

 

Flowers Foods 2013
Sustainability Report

 
Energy Star Flowers Bakeries Recognized for Superior Energy Efficiency

Seven Flowers bakeries are among the first commercial bread and roll bakeries to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR certification.
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Flowers Commits to Source 100% Cage-Free Eggs by 2025

As part of its ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility, Flowers Foods plans to source only cage-free eggs for its foods by the end of 2025.

Ingredients in Flowers’ bakery foods are almost exclusively plant based. Flowers uses eggs in a limited number of its products. No other animal-based ingredients are used in Flowers products.

 
 

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