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McCain Foods releases 2022 sustainability report

The report highlights key progress made around sustainable, regenerative food production
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McCain Foods Limited has released its sustainability report for the past fiscal year.

Highlights include the launch of Farm of the Future Africa and the company’s Regenerative Agriculture Framework.

McCain also established financing partnerships for regenerative farming in France and Canada. 

The company achieved an 8% reduction in CO2 emissions and improved its water-use efficiency by 11% in water-stressed regions. 

McCain's use of renewable electricity is now up to 18.5% of its total electricity use with absolute CO2 emissions reduced by 6% from 2017 and a 17% reduction in CO2 per tonne of product produced. 

Also, 98% of McCain's paper packaging and 90% of its plastic packaging is now designed for recycling.

In 2022, the company entered partnerships with food producers Strong Roots and The Simple Root, and strengthened its partnership with vertical farm GoodLeaf.

All of McCain's facilities are now GFSI certified, there has been noted sodium reduction and artificial ingredients removed from key products and McCain has achieved 100% voluntarily implementation of Nutriscore in France, Belgium and Germany and Health Star Rating in Australia.

Finally, over the course of 2022, McCain donated the equivalent of 10.9 million meals to food banks and NGOs, supported more than 1,200 staff in 19 countries in providing 6,432 volunteer hours and reached 2,921 new beneficiaries through community projects and partnerships.  

"Environmental and social stewardship are part of our DNA at McCain," said Max Koeune, president and CEO of McCain Foods, in a statement. "The escalating climate and nature crises illustrate the fragility of our global food system with wide-reaching impact on consumers, growers, the land and communities. We believe agriculture can and must be transformed to safeguard our future and we are encouraged by the progress we are seeing in our sustainability journey. While much work remains, we are determined to continue to advance on our commitments."

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