CP Foods is one of the world’s largest food and beverage conglomerates, and in recent years has significantly enhanced its sustainability efforts in terms of improving environmental and social impact as well as furthering its future business.
One of the key strategies the company has identified in order to do this, as outlined in its latest annual sustainability report, is to increase the focus on creating healthier products.
CB Foods believes that research and development is the key to success [efficiently] Leveraging science, technology, and innovation to develop nutritious foods for consumers of all ages,”CB Foods Executive Vice President, Product Research and Development, Head of Ambition – Sustainable Food, said Dr. Sumi Tashirinogon.
Unhealthy food causes eight million premature deaths worldwide each year and is expected to cause a global economic crisis as a result of increased healthcare costs related to non-communicable diseases, estimated at more than US$1.3 trillion annually by 2030.
“In Thailand alone, the public sector spends 302.4 billion baht (8.5 billion US dollars) annually on the treatment of non-communicable diseases. [and CP Foods believes that a key way to] Mitigating and solving this problem by developing nutritional products with high nutritional value that meet the requirements of consumers of all ages.”
The company has a goal for 2030 to develop 50% of all its new products in Thailand to be healthier and more nutritious than existing products.
“Some examples include chicken products that have had sodium reduced to less than 600 mg per serving, and saturated fat to no more than 3 grams per serving, depending on the product,”He said.
“There are also other new innovations such as vegan meatless alternatives, U Farm’s antibiotic-free meats, calorie-controlled CP Delight meals, healthy Inno-Weness drinks, and tar-free and flour-free sausages.”
To maintain the authenticity of its products, the company is not only looking to new innovations but is also in the process of creating a set of internal food standards to ensure the food safety aspect is addressed, an effort recently approved by the British Standards Institute (BSI).
CP Foods aspires to achieve a single global food standard [on] Quality, food safety and sustainability throughout the value chain, which also integrates international standards such as Good Hygiene Practices (GHPs), CODEX, ISO 9001, ISO22000 and more,”He said[سي بي]Foods System International Standard Center[فب][كولرب][كمسري].
“Our pilot project, Korat Model in Thailand, was recently approved by BSI across the integrated chicken business in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, from feed mill to food processing plant.
“The next step for us is to expand the CPF Food Standard to more of our chicken and duck business in more areas, which we plan to do this year, to assure our global customers of the quality, safety and sustainability of the products they buy.
“[It will allow] More efficient business risk management as well, and CP Foods has also applied blockchain technology to develop a digital tracking system within this framework. “
The company has also focused a great deal of effort in water management, believing this to be a very essential component of its environmental sustainability strategy.
In addition to the more common water recycling and waste reduction, CP Foods is also implementing a project called “Fertilizer Water Sharing”, which mainly involves recycling water produced from biogas production on pig farms for agricultural purposes.
Essentially, a biogas system involves using animal manure to generate electricity or thermal energy for other processes, and this system will see the production of some wastewater, which is treated and recycled for farms to water their crops with. This treated water is called “fertilizer water” because it contains plant nutrients that help improve the growth and productivity of plants used for irrigation, enhance the quality and quantity of these plants and reduce fertilizer costs to farmers.
“In addition to helping farmers improve their productivity, this fertilized water also helps them reduce their dependence on chemical fertilizers, [which] It also contributes to environmental sustainability,”CP Foods Executive VP Somporn Jermpong said.
So far in 2022, we’ve seen 63 farmers use more than 544,000 cubic meters of fertilizer water to water about 2.6 million square meters of crops. Farmers reported an overall cost reduction of 1.8 million THB ($50,941), which was typically spent on chemical fertilizers.”
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