Ryder System Inc. has been named one of 2015’s “Top Green Providers” by Food Logistics. The “Top Green Providers” list focuses on sustainability in the global food supply chain with profiles of companies that are exceeding industry standards in their sector.
This year’s list includes grocers, third-party logistics providers, cold storage providers, pallet and packaging manufacturers, software and technology companies, and others whose products and services are elevating sustainability to a “competitive advantage” in the industry.
Ryder’s inclusion on the list reflects the company’s leadership in providing thousands of food and beverage companies – including the top 10 U.S. food and beverage companies according to Fortune – with services including green transportation and logistics solutions to help them meet their sustainability goals.
Distilled spirits maker Bacardi is one such example of a company that recently teamed up with Ryder to promote sustainable shipping practices. The collaboration includes partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program promoting vehicles equipped with clean, fuel efficient SmartWay Verified Technologies.
“Ryder’s sustainability initiatives continue to grow and evolve,” said Darin Cooprider, vice president and general manager of Consumer Packaged Goods for Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. “We know that sustainability plays an especially vital role in the food supply chain, which is why Ryder takes extra measures to ensure that food is safely and sustainably delivered from source to shelf.”
Ryder engages with customers to help them “green” their supply chains by focusing on carbon reduction in three critical areas: network design, facilities and building use, and transportation. By designing a supply chain network with the reduction of the carbon footprint as one of its primary focuses, Ryder advises customers on factors such as the location of distribution centers, miles to be traveled, amount of inventory, and size and number of facilities included in the network.
Ryder is also the leader in natural gas vehicles solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 30 million miles of experience, 17 NGV maintenance facilities, and more than 3,000 NGV trained technicians.
The company operates Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations. Willow Run Foods, Inc. is an example of a Ryder customer experiencing the benefits of investing in CNG vehicles with Ryder. The food distributor uses the vehicles in New York City, Long Island, and northern New Jersey, helping to offset emissions that would normally be generated in such a high-traffic region.
Since the vehicles have a 550-mile range per tank on a single fill-up, drivers are able to complete a full delivery route from the company’s distribution center without having to refuel. Willow Run is expected to save approximately $100,000 annually, depending on diesel fuel fluctuations.