Embedding Efficiency into Our Processes
Our Key to Achieving Long-term Growth and Sustainability
At Hostess Brands, we understand the need to manage our environmental resources in a sustainable manner, which is why we are committed to water and energy conservation as well as making a positive impact on our packaging lifecycle management processes through material reduction and alternative options. We are also emphasizing a "sustainability-first" approach as we design our next bakery in Arkansas and will apply these best practices back in our legacy bakeries and offices.
We have initiated several water-saving initiatives throughout our facilities which have resulted in a 4.2% reduction in our normalized water usage from 2021 to 2022. Our progress is reflected in our improved water Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) score in 2022. None of our facilities are located in a high or extremely high-water stress areas and three of our bakeries are located in low baseline water stress areas.
We are committed to doing our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and we have prioritized better energy practices throughout our facilities. Over the past two years, we have taken several steps to become more efficient in our energy usage, which have contributed to a 2.9% reduction in normalized GHG emissions per metric ton produced from 2021 to 2022. Our progress is reflected in our climate CDP score exceeding the consumer packaged goods industry average in 2022.
We are also developing a climate action plan with the assistance of a 3rd party specialist that will be completed in late 2023.
As a packaged food company, we are keenly aware of our potential impact on the environment from packaging used and discarded. We are continuously engaging with our packaging suppliers to find ways to purchase more material made from recycled content, to develop alternative ways to package products that reduces nonrecyclable materials and to reduce packaging needs without reducing the quality of our products.
Of our folding cartons are recyclable.
Of our corrugated packaging is recyclable.
Of our corrugated PCR is recyclable.
Of material from our packaging was removed in 2022.
Source: Hostess Corporate Responsibility Report 2022/2023