Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO) is reinforcing its commitment to operating sustainably through the company’s “Towards Sustainability” strategy. The implementation of the company-wide effort to reduce its carbon footprint, energy use, water consumption and food wastage is the latest in a series of initiatives to operate sustainably across all business units.
SADAFCO’s “Towards Sustainability” strategy was launched in 2018 with the implementation of initiatives such as GreenBox, smart electronic fueling system and solar panels in offices and factories. As a result, between January and October last year, SADAFCO’s ice cream factory in Jeddah sent 224.6 MT of mixed materials for recycling. In addition, the company’s milk factory’s water consumption was reduced from 1.55 liter per pack in 2017 to 1.38 liter per pack in 2020.
SADAFCO’s facilities, which joined the GreenBox community in January 2018, have successfully saved 58,826 liters of water to date. In 2019, the Dammam factory received the GreenBox Contribution Certificate from InfoFort, a testament to the ongoing efforts and achievements of SADAFCO in driving sustainable practices across the company, protecting not only the communities in which it operates but also reducing its impact on the environment globally. Achievements include offsetting 27 tons of CO2 and saving 37 trees.
Through its partnership with Tetra Pak, SADAFCO successfully reviewed and improved its recycling mechanisms of packaging material. As a result of the initiative, SADAFCO recorded a 20 percent reduction in operational wastage over a two-year period.
“At SADAFCO, we are strongly committed to implementing sustainable practices across all our operations, and addressing our product packaging is a key part of our strategy toward reducing our carbon footprint. Renewable resources emit a lower carbon footprint than fossil-based plastic, which means our new packaging has a much lower impact on climate change,” said Wout Matthijs, chief executive of SADAFCO.
Matthijs added: “Safeguarding our planet and the communities we operate in is a key focus for SADAFCO, and we are committed to supporting environmental sustainability and operating responsibly across all business areas. Our commitment is underpinned by our dedication, through a series of strategic implementations, to effectively, and measurably reduce our environmental impact.”
SADAFCO is a publicly listed company, which has been producing high-quality dairy and foodstuff products under the Saudia brand since 1977, a year after the company was formed. Saudia enjoys being one of the market leaders in the Kingdom in the production of tomato paste, ice cream and milk.
Based in Jeddah, SADAFCO operates sales and distribution depots in 24 locations across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan and Kuwait. Saudia products are also exported to several countries in the MENA region.