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Sustainability Initiative

Flowers Foods recognizes that without a healthy environment, it cannot be successful.

Our company is committed to applying the principles of sustainability to all aspects of our business. We encourage every Flowers team member to accept responsibility for conserving natural resources and for seeking ways to improve the company's use of those resources.

Working with our team members, business partners, suppliers, and customers, Flowers Foods strives to prevent waste of water, packaging, energy, and other resources through the following initiatives:

Our initiatives:

  • Reduce all forms of waste
  • Recycle and reduce use of resources whenever possible
  • Reduce fuel and energy consumption
  • Further integrate sustainability into core processes
  • Work with suppliers to embrace sustainability initiatives
  • Educate workforce about sustainability
  • Participate in community efforts to encourage sustainability

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 progress:

As reported in our 2014 Sustainability Report:

  • Our sustainability performance improved in all areas except electricity and transport miles. Our electric efficiency was impacted by a decrease in production volume in foodservice and cake items and the startup of three new production lines. Our net pounds sold per transport mile declined for the third consecutive year due to geographic expansion of our fresh direct-store delivery market territory.
  • In 2014, our overall production yield increased by 0.15%, reducing ingredient waste by approximately 5.64 million pounds. Flowers Foods eliminated approximately 98.80 million pounds of ingredient waste in 2014 compared to the 2008 rate. This is equivalent to the amount of bread produced annually by a large, high-speed bakery.
  • Our water efficiency improved in 2014 as we successfully integrated newly acquired bakeries to our standards. Total indexed water usage for all Flowers bakeries increased to 6.44 pounds of finished product per gallon of water compared to 5.99 in 2013. Overall, we used less water in 2014 than in 2013, saving more than 35.8 million gallons.
  • During the year, we shipped 287 truckloads of cake product by rail, saving the equivalent of 421,000 miles of truck transport.
  • In 2014, the solid waste diversion rate for our bakeries was 93.95%, which shows continued improvement over the 93.33% achieved in 2013. The diversion rate for all our facilities (including non-manufacturing) increased to 88.98% from 88.21% in 2013.

Our progress so far

In 2008, we established employee-member Green Teams at our bakery subsidiaries to help generate sound ideas for improving sustainability in all areas of our business. Green Team members are volunteers that span the spectrum of functions and experience levels. They
are individuals who have an interest in —and a concern for — the environment.

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Flowers Foods 2014 Sustainability Report

Flowers Foods 2014
Sustainability Report


Flowers Foods 2013
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Flowers Foods 2012
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Flowers Foods 2011
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Flowers Foods 2010
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Flowers Foods 2009
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Flowers Foods 2008
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Flowers Foods 2007
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Flowers Foods 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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