The Good Stuff Sustains Perry’s
From cow to cone, a lot of “good stuff” has to happen at Perry’s to serve people great ice cream. “The good stuff” is what has and will sustain Perry’s Ice Cream.
Part of “the good stuff” has always been resourcefulness and the importance of people. Our sustainability commitment supports those beliefs and has expanded our perspective on stewardship of the environment and long term viability of humanity. Since the inception of our formal sustainability program in 2010, we have:
- established a corporate vision & philosophy for sustainability
- educated our team members on the basics and terminology of sustainability
- engaged team members in activities, projects and training that support sustainable thinking
- suffered some setbacks and celebrated some early wins
To get the inside scoop about “the good stuff” sustaining Perry’s Ice cream, view the entire 2014 Sustainability Report.
Our journey to a more sustainable future is focused around 4 key sustainable challenges identified for their potential impact across all aspects of sustainability: people, planet and performance. By proactively managing our waste, acting responsibly with our natural resources and engaging our team members in sustainable thinking and actions, we will continue to sustainably perform.
Long Term Goal: To be recognized as an employer of choice
Our Team: At Perry’s, people are our most valuable resource. We are committed to developing and maintaining our team members’ expertise. We strive to promote a culture of innovation and creativity with a “Why Not?” approach to challenges.
Our Community: Perry’s team members actively participate in fundraising and volunteer opportunities to benefit others.
Our Safety: Perry’s fosters an environment of safety awareness and responsibility, where we expect team members to be proactive in their safety and wellbeing.
Join our team: We think sustainability applies to our team members, and we are dedicated to creating a work environment that sustains their growth and well-being. Interested in joining the Perry’s team? Visit our Career Center for current openings.
Long Term Goal: To become a certified “zero landfill” operation
Waste Streams: At Perry’s, managing our various waste streams encompasses the entire organization. In order to reduce our impact on landfills, we strive to reduce materials entering our facility, repurpose byproducts and dairy waste, and recycle.
Long Term Goal: To maximize the value of our resources through improved efficiencies, productivity and utilization of technology
Water: Perry’s primary use of water is in our manufacturing clean up and sanitation processes. We continually strive to reduce the water used to produce a gallon of ice cream.
Electricity: As with water, Perry’s strives to reduce our kWt per gallon of ice cream produced year over year. Currently 40% of our electricity comes from a renewable source, but we are always evaluating additional renewable sources.
Fuel: Perry’s Transportation and Direct Store Delivery (DSD) departments focus on reducing diesel fuel.
Long Term Goal: Manage growth to maintain adequate profitability for strategic reinvestment
Manufacturing Improvements: Perry’s manufacturing team is always looking for continuous improvement opportunities to decrease waste, increase OEE performance and improve the work environment.
Process Improvements: There are many processes at Perry’s that support the manufacturing and delivery of ice cream. Continually challenging the efficiencies of our procedures with the goal of eliminating wasted time and materials is key to achieving world class performance.