2020 Marks the Company’s 10th Year of Formal Sustainability Efforts
Akron, N.Y. – April 20, 2020 – Perry’s Ice Cream Company, Inc., a Great Lakes regional brand and Upstate New York’s #1 ice cream choice, has released its annual “Good Stuff” company sustainability report for Earth Week. 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and Perry’s 10th year of its formal sustainability efforts.
Perry’s founder, H. Morton Perry is quoted as saying, “Make sure you put in enough of the good stuff.” “The good stuff” is what has and will sustain the company for generations to come.
Perry’s is committed to actively managing its impact on the communities it does business in and the environment through responsible business practices. Their integrated sustainability culture requires consideration of people, planet and performance. At Perry’s, the performance aspect includes two distinct business strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization through growth and systems improvement.
Something To Be Proud Of
Perry’s highlighted these efforts in their 2019 company sustainability report, appropriately titled “The Good Stuff Report”, including:
- 37 new jobs added in 2019; average team member tenure is nine years (more than twice the industry average)
- 1st year of a new long-term community partnership with Explore & More, The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children’s Museum in Buffalo, N.Y.
- 72% clean, renewable hydroelectricity powers the Perry’s facility
- Since 2010, reduced waste to landfill by 63%
- 9 tons less CO2 released by using excess heat energy from equipment, to raise water temperatures
- Since 2010, 2,600 new customers added
- Achieved 92% obtainment of their manufacturing efficiency target as measured by uptime, run rate and first pass quality
- As part of the company’s commitment to safety, 100% of their transportation fleet has been equipped with dash cameras
- Completed the modernization of the Perry’s brand as the company entered its second century in business
A Path Towards The Future
“As a 102-year-old family company, purpose and business go hand in hand,” said Gayle Perry Denning, vice president of strategic branding and sustainability. “Identifying and measuring the results of our meaningful goals around people, planet and performance enhances Perry’s brand loyalty, supports healthy growth and provides a path towards the future. Certainly, we want to continue providing the “Good Stuff” well into our second century in business and beyond.”
In 2010, the Perry’s Sustainability Team formed from organization leaders to develop the company’s vision and long-term sustainability goals. Today, sustainability is integrated into Perry’s annual corporate goals. The team is responsible for engaging fellow team members in sustainability through pro-active and consistent internal communications, company challenges, annual sustainability awards and events.
Perry’s is a founding member of the Western New York Sustainability Roundtable, recognized as a leader in sustainability and sound environmental practices (2018). In addition, Perry’s is a recipient of the New York State Environmental Excellence Award (2016).
The full 2019 “Good Stuff Report” is available on the company’s website.
About Earth Day:
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary for Earth Day. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement, according to EarthDay.org. Furthermore, Earth Day is recognized as the planet’s largest civic event and led to the passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States. For more information, visit EarthDay.org.
About Perry’s Ice Cream:
Perry’s Ice Cream is a Great Lakes regional brand and Upstate New York’s #1 ice cream choice. Founded in 1918 by H. Morton Perry, Perry’s is a fourth generation, family owned and led business deploying a three-pillar strategy to diversify its business model, including: the traditional manufacturing and marketing of Perry’s branded ice cream, a Distribution system that covers more than 100,000 square miles and a global Contract Manufacturing segment that supplies to over 35 countries.
With over 400 employees, Perry’s uses fresh, local, high quality milk and cream to proudly craft and slow-cook its ice cream for an exceptionally creamy texture and taste that consumers have fallen in love with for over 100 years.
Perry’s is the 24th largest ice cream brand in the country. Our products can be found across New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
To learn more about Perry’s Ice Cream, visit PerrysIceCream.com.