SUSTAINABLE JUICE. At the 2017 AIJN Juice Summit in Antwerp in October, the latest two members, SVZ and Firmenich, committed themselves to the goal of 100% sustainable juice and puree by 2030. SVZ is a producer and supplier for fruit and vegetable ingredients for leading food companies, and Firmenich is the world’s largest flavor company.
“Firmenich has a 122-year heritage of leading its business responsibly. That’s why we are committed to running the most ethical, traceable and sustainable value chain,” said Gilbert Ghostine, CEO Firmenich. “We are very proud to be the first in our industry to sign this covenant, underlining our commitment to advancing sustainability across our supply chain, while enhancing the livelihoods of the local farmers that produce citrus fruits.”
Anouk ter Laak, CEO SVZ, comments: “We’re very pleased to sign the covenant, as sustainability is an integral part of our activities, we believe it is absolutely key to the long-term strategy of our business. Our commitment to source 100% sustainable, strongly underlines SVZ role in the supply chain to ensure transparency for our customers and to support our growers in practicing sustainable agriculture.”
Next steps for the coalition are to put annual process monitoring in place, start pre-competitive projects in the field and to develop an activity plan for the first year. The partners are also seeking to inspire more liked-minded companies to join the covenant and work together towards a more sustainable supply chain. The covenant is open to all players in the supply chain.
Source: IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative