Barilla To Increase Level Of Investment In Sustainability
Barilla Group plans to increase its range of sustainability projects, as part of a €1 billion investment plan announced by the company this week.
In its annual sustainability report, Barilla said that its sustainable wheat project grew by 26% in 2017, with volumes going from 190,000 to 240,000 tonnes.
Ten new 'Better for You' products (including wholemeal, cereals) were launched in 2017, which feature a better nutritional balance.
These products already account for 8.4% of the total turnover and by 2030 Barilla aims to reach 30%.
Across Barilla's pasta production facilities, water consumption was reduced by 31% for each tonne produced and greenhouse gas emissions fell by 24%.
In addition, thanks to a new railway link in Parma, 3,300 trucks were removed from European roads, saving the equivalent of 1,100 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.
By 2020, Barilla aims to double the number of farmers involved in its sustainable agriculture programme from 5,000 to 10,000, doubling the sustainable grain volumes achieved in the Italian supply chain; and reduce CO2 and water emissions by 30% compared to 2010.
Barilla Group ended 2017 with a turnover of €3.46 billion (+3% vs. 2016), driven by sales of pasta, sauces and ready-made dishes which account for 53.9% of the company's sales. Bakery products were responsible for 45.6% of sales.
Overall, 45.3% of the sales were achieved in Italy, followed by Europe and Russia (31%), the Americas (19.4%) and Asia, Africa and Australia (4.3%).
Barilla operates 28 production sites, 14 in Italy and 14 abroad.
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