A new state-of-the-art solar panel system, combined with a wind turbine, is now generating 95% of the energy needed to process American lamb at Superior Farms in its Dixon, Calif. facility. The company partners with over 1,000 American family ranchers to provide high-quality lamb with a strong commitment to animal wellbeing and sustainability, it noted in a release. “Our employee owned company is proud to be making significant strides in our commitment to providing sustainably raised American lamb, though clean energy solutions and careful considerations regarding water use, transportation, packaging, and more,” said Anders Hemphill, vice president of marketing and brand strategy at Superior Farms. “We lead the industry in our sustainability efforts while supporting local, rural communities and American farming families, and providing a homegrown alternative to imported lamb which must be shipped thousands of miles.” In addition to its clean energy initiatives, Superior Farms’ sustainability efforts have resulted in:
- A reduced use of water by 33% at its Dixon facility. That savings equals the amount of water used by more than 130 households annually.
- A reduced use of diesel fuel since 2015 by more than 140,000 gallons per year.
- Less food waste and less plastic packaging. Transitioning its case ready packaging to a vacuum skin package reduced Superior Farms use of plastics by a third. It also eliminates the need for retailers to repackage the product when it arrives in store and keeps the lamb meat fresh for a longer period, reducing food waste.