EMS offers food processors benefits and challenges

Tuesday 3 August 2010

Environmental management systems (EMS) can be a good tool for food processors looking to achieve the twin goals of improved productivity and corporate responsibility.

In the final part of our series on plant efficiency, looks at what EMS can bring to food companies and what options and guidance is available.

Improved resource efficiency and productivity tops the list of benefits laid out in a toolkit on the subject drawn up recently by the Environment Agency in the UK.

The government agency said EMS can bring numerous other business benefits such as reduced risks and loss, increased chance of funding, and improved legal or regulatory compliance.

In an interview with, David Bellamy, environment policy manager, at the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said retailers are now demanding that their suppliers provide better environmental reporting. Implementing an EMS can therefore be a good way for processors to secure business opportunities.

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