Sustainable Salad Co. is on Cutting Edge
Taylor Farms is one of the nation’s most dependable grower-processors of packaged salads and fresh-cut vegetable packs. With several state-of-the-art facilities operating under the strictest food safety programs, you might not expect that this multi-million-dollar company is dedicated to leaving the world a better place. Yet this company, founded in 1995 by Bruce Taylor and other multi-generational produce partners, understands the importance of adapting to an ever-changing industry with ecologically sustainable processes.
Sustainability has become a critical part of keeping Taylor Farms and its products relevant in the 21st century. The company focuses on three key areas to reducing its carbon footprint: solar and wind energy, water treatment/recycling and waste reduction.
Solar and Wind Power
Taylor Farms embarked on its first commercial-scale energy project, a solar installation, in 2012. Since then, the company has added four more, totaling five megawatts of solar power across California, Texas and Tennessee. Next, Taylor installed Bloom fuel cells and a cogeneration plant, which both use natural gas to produce on-site power for two of its California facilities. In 2014, Taylor Farms also installed a one-megawatt wind turbine at the Gonzales, Calif., plant, which utilizes solar, wind and cogeneration to provide more than 90 percent of its power needs. In fact, this plant is just one step away from complete energy independence.
In addition to a SmartWash system using 10 percent less water than other industry programs and added collection lines capturing plant juices to reduce overall water consumption by 12.5 percent, Taylor Farms has opened its first water treatment and recycling plant in Tennessee with plans for expansion.
Taylor Farms continually works to reduce, reuse and recycle. An average of 3.5 million pounds of fresh produce per year is donated to food banks, the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations like Ag Against Hunger. Healthy, delicious food that would otherwise find its way to landfills is now feeding thousands of people in the local regions where Taylor grows and processes. In addition, the vegetable byproducts that can’t be eaten are being converted to animal feed and being used for composting.
Every Salad Counts
Why go through all this trouble? Taylor Farms knows that one bag of salad won’t change the world, but it understands that how it’s made just might. It seems the company has accomplished its mission to be North America’s favorite maker of salads and fresh-cut vegetables, yet continues to work hard toward accomplishing that goal with a genuine commitment to responsible practices.