1. Sustainability Principles
D’Arrigo California is committed to being responsible stewards by:
- Making efficient use of non-renewable resources
- Sustaining the economic viability of farms
- Enhancing the environment and quality of life for all
2. Sustainability Processes
Conserving energy and protecting natural resources for future generations is a core value held at D’Arrigo California, from field to executive offices. D’Arrigo California grows, harvests, packs, cools and ships all of its own products, which affords the company a high degree of control over its operations. With the goal to ensure product safety and integrity while minimizing energy and fuel use, D’Arrigo California decided to consolidate its packing and shipping facilities near the heart of its fields.
3. Sustainability Practices
By consolidating and centrally locating its facilities D’Arrigo California significantly reduced the travel distance and time from field to facility. The company prioritized traffic flow and efficiency when designing the new facility. From the moment a load of product arrives employees monitor and manage the product and equipment to ensure quick, efficient cooling. Top-of-the-line energy-efficient materials, equipment, and lighting were selected during construction of the facility. Key efficiencies prioritized during construction included: installation of a leading-edge computer system; variable frequency drives on major cooling equipment; individual forced air tunnels; and automated doors to help maintain low temperatures. The computer system alerts management when equipment is operating outside optimal ranges and can be monitored on-site and remotely at all times for maximum efficiency. In addition, the company has set a goal to upgrade its facility lighting system to achieve 50% reduction of light bulb wattage by the end of this year.
4. Sustainability Performance Metrics
Key D’Arrigo California team members regularly review its electricity bills and use data with the utility company’s on-line tools. All equipment is inspected daily, and the staff has learned to “listen for problems” as part of a risk management program. Since opening the facility, D’Arrigo California has secured two independent energy audits at the facility to identify opportunities for improvement and to employ newly available technologies.
5. Sustainability Progress
The Executive team holds monthly strategic planning meetings to discuss timely business issues. Operational matters are addressed through on-going informal meetings across the company. The executive team periodically discusses energy management during individual meetings with key management and staff. Management and executive team members are active in industry and local, state and federal committees. This proactive involvement and knowledge gained in the industry allows D’Arrigo California to respond quickly to challenges, as well as implement new ideas to best achieve company goals.