Del Monte Organic Foods, CA

 

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Board of Directors

 

Jurisdiction: Tightly controls 3000 growers

 

Products:

Processed fruit, vegetables and tomatoes (Brands: Del Monte, Contadina, College Inn, S&W and pet products)

 

Organic:

Recent pioneer development of organic seed use – will depend on crop success

 

Food safety:

Product traceability

Onsite trained specialist auditors

 

Green:

Reducing packaging and inserts, use of recycled cardboard in boxes

Reduction of thickness of metal cans, plastics and wrapping

Transport efficiency

 

Pesticide use:

IPM – no synthetic chemicals used – ground breaking program since 1953

Electronic tracking re: pesticide use in baby foods. Traceable to origin

Seed treatment – no residue in product

 

Fertilizer use:

No synthetic – minimal use – reduce waste water and runoff

Increased crop density reduces need for fertilizer and pesticides

Crop rotation practiced

 

Sustainable:

Integrity and stewardship

Implemented optimal water usage initiatives with other CA growers

 

Independent testing:

Third party auditors at all locations

 

HACCP? Yes

 

Fair trade? Compliant

OSHA? Compliant

 

Comments:

Fully compliant with ESA (Endangered Species Act)

Leader in reduction of amount of metal in cans – significant raw material and energy savings

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