A King’s Lynn company’s investment plans and efforts to become more environmentally-friendly have impressed James Wild MP.
The North West Norfolk MP learned more about one of the town’s major businesses when he visited Greenyard Frozen UK Ltd’s Hardwick Industrial Estate site on Friday.
Mr Wild was given a tour of the site, formerly Penguin Foods, by commercial director UK Brendan Legrove and operations director Neil Winner.
Greenyard freezes and packs freshly harvested fruits and vegetables.
During his visit, Mr Wild learned about plans to further improve the company’s environmental sustainability, investment plans including new chill stores and its partnership with the charity Fareshare to divert surplus food to community groups.
Mr Wild said he was impressed by the company’s progress in making its site more sustainable and he heard about plans and investment to become more environmentally friendly to reduce carbon footprint, the amount of water the site uses and food waste.
He also saw the new chill store Greenyard Frozen has invested in to meet future demand and retain its high standards.
The company also has a partnership with Fareshare, the UK’s longest-running food redistribution charity, which aims to combat food waste.
Laura Dixon, Greenyard’s customer service manager, initiated the link with the charity.
She said through the “Surplus with Purpose” initiative, Greenyard had diverted more than 53 tonnes of berries to Fareshare’s network of community groups and charities and enough frozen vegetables for every person in the UK to have one day’s worth of their five-a-day.
Speaking about the visit, Mr Wild said: “Greenyard Frozen’s commitment to deliver quality products while reducing the environmental impact of its operations demonstrates that a focus on sustainability make business sense.
“It was particularly encouraging to hear how the firm’s employees are an important source of ideas on how to do more in this area, including on reducing food waste.
“Its innovative partnership with FareShare has helped ensure that a huge amount of food ended up on people’s plates rather than being disposed of.”
Mr Legrove said: “It was a pleasure to welcome James to our site and to show him what we do here at Greenyard Frozen.
“We took the opportunity to show him round a new part of our factory which we have almost finished building in response to growing demand for our frozen fruit and vegetable products.
“We also shared with James our current environmental sustainability projects and brought him up to speed on our work with Fareshare so that he could appreciate some of the good work we do in our local community.”