Cranswick doubles down on green goals after hitting targets across UK sites

Leading food producer Cranswick has reiterated its ambition to become a world-leading player in sustainable meat production after hitting environmental targets at all of its eligible UK manufacturing sites.

The Hull firm has received carbon neutral certification for 14 UK sites, having already reduced its relative carbon emissions by 18% in the last financial year. The company has also committed to purchasing 100% certified deforestation-free soya, a first for the industry which will reduce its carbon footprint further.

As part of Cranswick’s Second Nature sustainability strategy, the company has set out a roadmap to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across all operations by 2040. Cranswick says its commitment to act on climate change is “embedded across all areas of the business”, with measures including efficiency projects, clean energy investments and waste reduction initiatives.

Chief executive officer Adam Couch said: “We recognised in 2018 that tackling climate change is everyone’s responsibility and, as a leading operator in the food industry it was incumbent upon us to play our part.

“We have made significant changes to the way we operate our business through our Second Nature programme.

“While we have further to go, I’m very proud of our teams who have embraced climate action with such vigour and helped us reach these first milestone steps of carbon neutral manufacturing and also the switch to 100% certified deforestation-free soya.”

Cranswick earlier this year announced a 14% surge in sales to £1.89bn as home cooking increased during the various local and national lockdowns.

The company also announced a £5m investment into its Hull cooked bacon plant as it continues to ramp up production across its UK sites.
Graeme WhitfieldRegional business editor