Sustainable practices at Lakeside Foods are nothing new – in fact, we’ve been pioneering farming techniques long before the rest of the industry made it a priority. Since 1887, Lakeside has worked closely with farmers to develop chemical processes and crop rotations that leave reduced environmental footprints.
These days, we’re still focused on making production more sustainable. Take a look at some of the initiatives Lakeside has led the industry in implementing.
Precision Fertility Application: Lakeside encourages its growers to employ GPS systems in planting, cultivating, and spraying processes. The technology allows farmers to best utilize every acre of land, and reduces chemicals by eliminating chemical overlap. Our growers employ farming practices that reduce soil compaction, eliminating soil erosion and saving fuel.
Nutrient Optimization: Soil samples from farmsteads can be sent to a lab for analysis to determine nutrient levels across a grower’s property. According to the results, growers can adjust their practices and reduce fertilization where appropriate. Lakeside Foods is on the cutting edge of agriscience, constantly testing new and improved varieties of seeds to increase yield and quantity, resulting in a reduced need for chemicals.
Lakeside partners with our packaging suppliers to understand the latest packaging innovations available, in addition to attending industry events to keep informed. Staying on the cutting edge of packaging options allows Lakeside to pass those insights on to our clients.
Energy Efficiency: A focus on sustainable practices is evident at all Lakeside plants and distribution centers, cutting energy costs and keeping client costs to a minimum. Battery-operated forklifts reduce air pollution, windmills provide alternative energy sources, air doors maximize temperature control in freezers – even our lights are energy-efficient, using motion sensors to reduce electricity needs. Lakeside also recaptures heat from the exhaust of our boilers to green our operations.
Reduced Water Usage: Plants and distribution centers employ a process of water recirculation to reduce water needs. We’ve also developed a close-loop system to recapture heat from vegetable processing to maximize our resources. By cleaning and treating equipment regularly, Lakeside reduces its water consumption by millions of gallons each year, keeping costs down.
Recycling: Our plants are very proactive in recycling used oil, cardboard, cans, batteries, and wood pallets to reduce our environmental impact. Crops that are not used at our plants are recycled as animal feed or used as fertilizer for fields.