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Tucker’s Natural chosen for net zero pilot

Food South Australia and Siemens have announced Tucker’s Natural as the first food and beverage company in the Southern Hemisphere to run a pilot of Sigreen, an emission-tracking and management solution essential for net zero.

The South Australian family-owned company was selected from several other applicants and announced at Food SA’s 2023 Food and Beverage Summit.

The Sigreen pilot process was announced in March by the South Australian government and Food SA, aimed at local food and beverage companies interested in accelerating their sustainability and net zero targets. The selected company would then have the capability to track and manage verifiable product carbon footprint across its supply chain while maintaining full data sovereignty.

Tucker’s Natural founder and Managing Director Sam Tucker is thrilled the company has been chosen for the pilot.

“We’re excited to be chosen as the first company in Australia to participate in Siemens’ Sigreen pilot,” he says.

“Tucker’s Natural was founded on the principle of producing better-for-you baked products that are high quality, sustainable and local.

“Our Responsible Sourcing Program focuses on reducing social and environmental risks in our supply chain and making sure our suppliers share our commitment.

“A key missing piece to achieving this has been the lack of emissions data across our supply chains.”

Siemens Australia and New Zealand General Manager of Factory Automation Milan Bawa commends Tucker’s Natural on taking the giant step forward on their net zero journey.

“As the global focus on net zero intensifies, legislation in key global markets such as the US, Europe and the UK will mean that companies in these global supply chains will need to have full transparency on their emissions,” he says.

“Siemens has been in Australia for 150 years and through the decades, our simple goal has been to support local industry with the best of global technology to help accelerate positive outcomes for business, society and the environment.

“As we help iconic locations such as the MCG, RMIT University’s Melbourne City campus and others get more sustainable, we’re equally proud to support smaller organisations like Tucker’s Natural reach their full sustainability potential.”

Speaking at the 2023 Food and Beverage Summit, Food SA’s CEO Catherine Sayer said: “It’s great that a dynamic and visionary local food and beverage company such as Tucker’s Natural has been selected for the pilot. It’s been wonderful to witness their growth and commitment to sustainability through the years. They are the perfect fit for this first-of-its-kind pilot in Australia.

“I’m particularly looking forward to the outcomes of the pilot so we can showcase the importance of being able to understand the environmental impact of supply chains.”

The pilot will start this month and run until October with Siemens and Tucker’s Natural working closely through the process.

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