MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods is proud to announce it has been named to Food Logistics Top Green Providers list for 2013. Dot was one of 65 companies featured in the June 2013 issue covering providers who are exceeding industry standards in their sector.
"We're very proud of where our sustainability initiatives have led us," said Dot Foods Senior Vice President of Warehousing John Long. "Our employees have put a lot of hard work and emphasis on decreasing our carbon footprint, and it has produced outstanding results."
The Top Green Providers focuses on sustainability in the global food supply chain with profiles of companies who are exceeding industry standards in their sector. This year's list includes food producers and manufacturers, 3PLs and transportation and logistics providers, equipment manufacturers, and others whose products and services are driving sustainability from farm to fork.
Dot Foods has embraced sustainability with the introduction of a sustainability committee, which measures, analyzes and steers the company's sustainable efforts.
"Sustainability has always been a fundamental part of our business," Long said. "We've always looked at ways to reduce high-cost areas, such as energy and fuel. But we really started quantifying our carbon footprint and expanding our sustainable initiatives with the introduction of our Sustainability Committee in 2008."
Since 2008, Dot's Sustainability Committee has shown measurable reductions in waste removal costs, total utility costs, computer paper expenses and water usage. On the other hand they've seen positive increases in battery recycling income, as well as overall recycling pounds and income gains.
"We have many team members who are extremely passionate about this out there," Long said. "As an example, recycling pounds of aluminum cans and plastic bottles, they've gone up dramatically. That means the everyday consumer of those products has changed behavior. There are other garbage cans people can decide to throw them in and they're not."
Dot has also installed or retrofitted a great deal of its frozen and refrigerated warehouses with high-efficiency LED lighting. These lighting systems have allowed the company to take advantage of energy incentives from the energy cooperatives that service its distribution centers. In addition, these lighting systems have reduced lighting and cooling costs for Dot's facilities.
"Food producers and manufacturers have a longstanding and unique relationship to sustainability and environmental conservation considering their dependence on water resources and arable land," noted Lara L. Sowinski, editor-in-chief for Food Logistics. "In recent years, sustainability has also become critical to other players in the global food supply chain, particularly transportation and logistics providers, equipment manufacturers, software and technology companies, and others who recognize that incorporating sustainable practices leads to more efficient, ethical, and profitable organizations."
Companies on this year's Top Green Providers list will be profiled in the June 2013 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.
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About Dot Foods
Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.
Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.