Carbon Offset Programs Part Of OSI Group Sustainability Strategy

One of the most fascinating members of the OSI Group family of businesses is Creative Foods Europe. The business was established in 1991. It’s an operation that works in the creative aspect of food distribution by creating new food items, flavors, menu items, food combinations and more. When you taste something extremely delicious new, exciting and different, there’s a chance than the research chefs at Creative Foods Europe developed it.

This branch of the OSI Group family is also on the forefront of one OSI’s most critical missions — the sustainability aspect of food production and processing. That means growing food, raising farm animals, processing foods and taking care of the land and water where food it all gets done, from farm to factory.

Creative Food Services is proud that it has achieved the status of “carbon-zero company.” That means for every pound of carbon energy it burns in the process of creating new food products, it offsets that amount by reducing an equal amount of carbon that otherwise might have been burned. The result is a net zero contribution to greenhouse gases, air pollution and other environmental factors.

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Part of the way this OSI Group business achieves this is the work it does in Africa. For example, Creative Food Services spearheads what it calls its African Energy Efficient Stove Project. This is an operation which builds highly efficient wood burning stoves for families in Mombasa and Kenya. The wood is gathered locally in a sustainable fashion and without deforestation. Building the stoves and gathering the wood provides jobs for local citizens. Because the stoves replace existing inefficient models, tons of annual carbon usage reduction is achieved.

This is a classic example of a sustainability practice that is the vision of OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin. Since taking the helm as chief executive of OSI in the mid-1970s, Lavin has understood that building a world-class food processing company simply cannot be done without a laser-like focus on environmentally sound practice.

Creative Food Services also operated a clean water project in Uganda, a wind power project in India and works in Brazil on efforts to sustain the vast rainforest regions of that country.

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