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Sugar Foods Gains Sustainability Certification for Reducing Carbon Footprint

Sugar Foods innovative ecoStick zero-calorie sweeteners earned sustainability certifications due to their reduced carbon footprint.

In a study of four ecoStick flavors, SCS Global Services has deemed ecoStick an “Environmentally Preferable Product”.

The independent third party, SCS Global determined “The ecoStick zero-calorie sweeteners contain 50% less filler ingredients and 34% less packaging material per packet compared to baseline zero-calorie sweeteners.” (baseline foodservice sweeteners are the 2M count packets) The study found Pink (Saccharin) had a 48% reduction in climate footprint, Blue (Aspartame) – a 48% reduction, Yellow (Sucralose) – a 47% reduction and Green (Stevia) – a 52% reduction.

“We are extremely excited about this very important sustainability certification,” said Doug Senn, Sugar Foods Packaging Engineer. “We set out to redesign the traditional sweetener packs in a way that would positively impact the environment and it looks like we have succeeded. This is a big breakthrough for foodservice operators looking to reduce their carbon footprint.”

As a result of reduced material and packaging usage, the ecoStick zero-calorie sweeteners qualify for:

  • Environmentally Preferable Product when compared to conventional zero-calorie sweetener, based on 50% reduction in filler and 34% reduction in packaging material. The ecoStick zero-calorie sweeteners demonstrate reductions in levels of impact across nearly all relevant impact categories when compared to baseline zero-calorie sweeteners.
  • Reduced Climate Footprint when compared to conventional zero-calorie sweetener, based on 50% reduction in filler and 34% reduction in packaging material. All of the ecoStick zero-calorie sweeteners demonstrate over 47% reductions in carbon footprint compared to baseline zero-calorie sweeteners. The near-term climate footprints of ecoStick and baseline zero-calorie sweeteners were evaluated across the entire product life cycle.

In line with its desire to reduce their carbon footprint, Sugar Foods also partnered with the National Park Foundation. The ecological effect of ecoStick sweeteners vs. traditional sweetener packets is quite impactful: in one year it would save over 27 million pounds of corn, five million pounds of paper, one million pounds of cardboard and 3,800 gas-guzzling truckloads. Every time an ecoStick sweetener is enjoyed in your favorite beverage, it helps ensure future generations can experience America’s beautiful national parks for years to come.

About Sugar Foods Corporation

Sugar Foods is a multinational food products company servicing all segments of the marketplace – foodservice, cash and carry, retail, specialty and international markets. Our products cover a broad range of consumer known brands (such as ecoSticks, Fresh Gourmet, N’Joy, Maui Brand sugar, Mrs. Cubbison’s, The Better Chip, and Naturel Agave) to private label items. The company’s core values and team principles are focused on an enduring commitment to its mission statement — The Customer Is King. Sugar Foods is a proud partner of the National Park Foundation. For more information, visit Twitter @sugarfoods123

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