Through ten industry case studies from Food Drink Ireland member companies, this report demonstrates the high level of commitment, investment and innovation from the sector in reducing its environmental impact while continuing to produce consumers’ favourite food and drink products.

The food and drink sector is committed to contributing to the creation of a circular economy and working collaboratively along the supply chain with suppliers, retailers and consumers to support sustainable consumption patterns. Food and drink companies will continue to push for improved circularity and environmental performance of their products wherever possible, while ensuring the highest level of quality and safety.

Key highlights of the report:

  • Carbon neutrality: Projects such as Farm Zero C from Carbery Group, demonstrate innovative approaches to climate-neutral farming and initiatives aimed at reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
  • Health and nutrition: Case studies from Nomadic and Britvic showcase successful reformulation efforts aimed at reducing calories, salt, fats and sugar content, and advancements in protein enhancement.
  • Data and certification: Dawn Farms' data-driven approach to emissions reduction exemplifies the sector's commitment to sustainable practices through science-based targets. O’Brien Fine Foods has embedded a company-wide structure to support its sustainability journey, certified by B Corp.
  • Energy efficiency: Flahavan's investments in biomass, solar, wind, and hydro energy sources illustrates the sector's embrace of renewable energy solutions.
  • Waste management: Silver Hill Duck's case study demonstrates how the business took a circular economy approach to waste minimisation, and highlights innovative strategies to valorise co-products and reduce process waste.
  • Packaging innovation: Kepak and Hilton Foods Ireland are leading examples of companies aligning with sustainability directives and pioneering packaging solutions to minimise environmental impact while maintaining product safety and quality.
  • Responsible sourcing: Companies are prioritising collaboration with supply chain partners such as Forest Stewardship Council to drive sustainable raw material sourcing and removing deforestation from supply chains, as demonstrated by Silver Hill Duck.
  • Community engagement: Tirlán's case study demonstrates how the business transformed their retail stores, supporting solar PV installations exemplifying the sector's commitment to community well-being.