Blog Posts Saddle Creek Honored for Environmental Leadership
Saddle Creek has been recognized as a 2016 Green Supply Chain Partner (G75) by Inbound Logistics magazine and a 2016 Top Green Provider by Food Logistics magazine, a leading publication focused on the food and beverage supply chain. We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to sustainability.
The Inbound Logistics’ G75 showcases 75 companies that demonstrate green best practices in their supply chain, logistics and transportation operations. The editorial team compiles the list based on four benchmarks: measurable green results, sustainability innovation, continuous improvement, and industry recognition.
Food Logistics’ Top Green Providers list recognizes companies who have found new ways to promote sustainability throughout their operations and those of their customers in the food and beverage industry.
Saddle Creek was selected for both awards in recognition of our commitment to expanding our compressed-natural-gas (CNG) fleet to help customers reduce their environmental footprint.
Awards Recognize Saddle Creek’s Commitment to CNG
An early adopter of CNG technology, we have expanded our for-hire CNG fleet by nearly 400 percent in just over four years. Each CNG truck reduces the company’s carbon footprint by approximately 120,000 pounds of carbon per year – a total of more than 21 million pounds annually.
Our CNG fleet provides local and regional deliveries, handling everything from sports drinks to canned goods with near-zero emissions and less noise than diesel vehicles. The eco-friendly fleet has traveled more than 55 million miles on CNG to date.
To accommodate customer demand, we expanded CNG operations to include Jacksonville, Fla.; Atlanta and Valdosta, Ga.; and Fort Worth, Texas. To support the growing fleet, we recently invested $1.5 million to upgrade our Lakeland, Fla., fueling facility – bringing our infrastructure investment to $3.7 million.
To further reduce emissions, we are converting 50 older diesel tractors into dual CNG-diesel fuel vehicles. By replacing diesel-fueled engines with EPA-certified CNG engines, we will replace 70 percent of the diesel used with natural gas.
Saddle Creek is featured in the June issue of both Inbound Logistics and Food Logistics. Visit our website to learn more about our CNG fleet.