At Hormel Foods, we reward and recognize teams that have taken the time and effort to identify areas for efficiency improvements and implemented changes through our internal Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best annual competition. In 2015, there were 58 entries generated across all Hormel Foods business segments. The Farmer John (Vernon, Calif.) team was chosen as the 2015 Environmental Sustainability Best of the Best champion for their energy reduction initiatives. To learn more about this project and the project finalists, please visit the environment section of our corporate site. Also see our environmental sustainability policy for more information about the commitment our company has made toward environmental sustainability objectives.
In 2015, our continued dedication to reducing our environmental footprint resulted in recognition by a number of independent sources:
North American Meat Institute EMS Implementation Recognition
The North American Meat Institute recognized 24 Hormel Foods and subsidiary manufacturing plants for implementing an environmental management system (EMS). The plants received tier 3 recognition, indicating full EMS implementation without third-party certification.
Jennie-O Turkey Store Wastewater Operator Recognition
The Wisconsin Wastewater Operators’ Association (WWOA) named Larry Reinke, maintenance and wastewater treatment plant supervisor, Jennie-O Turkey Store (Barron, Wis.), the Regional Operator of the Year for the northwest region.
Reinke was chosen among the 80 members of this region for his outstanding work in keeping the environment clean and his facility discharge limits well below those set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Dold Foods Recognized by the Kansas Water Environment Association
Dold Foods (Wichita, Kan.) was awarded the Gold Pretreatment Compliance Award by the Kansas Water Environment Association in 2015. The qualifications to win this award include 95 percent or better compliance with all discharge and reporting requirements, a good record of cooperation with the pretreatment coordinator, and the operation of a wastewater treatment system or significant efforts to minimize pollutant concentrations.
PFFJ Mountain Prairie Received Bronze Achiever Award from the Colorado Department of Public Health Environmental Leadership Program
PFFJ Mountain Prairie (Las Animas, Colo.) received a Bronze Achiever Award from the Colorado Department of Public Health Environmental Leadership Program. The award recognizes facilities that:
- Have made significant achievements in improving the environment of Colorado;
- Haven’t had serious violations during the last year; and
- Are making pollution prevention efforts in energy efficiency, waste minimization and water conservation.