“We discovered that jackfruit as an input is 94% better than beef, 60% better than chicken and 87% better than pork for Global Warming Potential.” - Annie Ryu, CEO and Founder, Jack & Annie’s
BOULDER, Colo. (PRWEB) March 16, 2023
Jack & Annie’s, a leader in the alternative meat category, knows that fulfilling their mission of making a positive impact in the world includes measuring their own. With their first-ever Impact Report, Jack & Annie’s evaluates the company’s contributions in supporting regenerative agriculture through jackfruit, as well as its efforts to build community in the U.S. and India, support farming family partners, and further understand and improve the company’s own carbon footprint.
“We have always known that our environmental impact is strong. Jackfruit is one of the most sustainable crops, and we continue to partner with our farmers on regenerative practices,” said Annie Ryu, CEO and founder of Jack & Annie’s. “This past year, we took it one step further, performing our first LCA (Life Cycle Assessment). We discovered that jackfruit as an input is 94% better than beef, 60% better than chicken and 87% better than pork for Global Warming Potential.”
Jack & Annie’s is a global company, with teams in India and the U.S. working together to make a positive impact. In the U.S., the team participates in community programs to lessen food waste and is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Additionally, Jack & Annie’s is proud to partner with over 1,700 farming families in India, who help harvest the jackfruit. The farmers benefit by being educated about the value of jackfruit on their land; selling jackfruit to Jack & Annie’s enables farmers to increase their income by 10-40%. Additionally, by building these relationships over the past decade, Jack & Annie’s has been able to study and calculate the carbon sequestration of the jackfruit trees, which equates to 28,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.
“The novel supply chains we've built have helped create a food system that offers both a healthy diet and a lower carbon footprint and provides an opportunity for small-holder farmers to earn incremental income. At scale, this food system will play an important role in solving this century's critical problems – public health, climate change and economic empowerment,” says Rahul Shrikant, Jack & Annie’s VP of International Operations.
Jack & Annie’s plans to further quantify its impact on food, farmers and the environment by planting 50,000 jackfruit trees per year to sequester more carbon. The company will also continue to provide education and assistance to farmers, bolster diversity through unconscious bias training, perform an ESG Materiality Assessment, and begin to take inventory of their carbon emissions.
ABOUT JACK & ANNIE’S
Jack & Annie’s, made by The Jackfruit Company and founded by Annie Ryu, is on a mission to create real, delicious foods that feature jackfruit, an underutilized crop that is one of the world’s most sustainable and regenerative plants, as the primary ingredient. Jack & Annie’s plant-based offerings are more than just a delicious alternative to meat, they are also naturally nutrient-dense, high in fiber and protein, and lower in calories, and have a simpler ingredient panel than other meatless products. From crispy jack nuggets to savory jack sausage patties, the Jack & Annie’s portfolio offers foods that are satisfying for meat eaters and plant-based eaters alike. Bite-by-bite, Jack & Annie’s and The Jackfruit Company are building a better planet, supporting farming communities in India by preventing jackfruit from going to waste, operating the largest global jackfruit supply chain, and providing over 1,700 farming families with 10-40% of their income.
To view the full report, please visit jackandannies.com/impact/impact-report/.
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