SA baked snack producer tracking supply chain emissions

Wednesday, 20 December, 2023

SA baked snack producer tracking supply chain emissions

Tucker’s Natural, a South Australian, family-owned, artisan baked snack producer, has completed a pilot project to track its supply chain emissions.

The Sigreen pilot that Siemens launched in South Australia earlier this year in collaboration with Food South Australia (Food SA) and the South Australian Department of Industry Innovation and Science, has now been completed, with Tucker’s Natural being the first food and beverage company to complete it.

Using Sigreen and working closely with the Siemens team for over three months, Tucker’s Natural was able to track verifiable product carbon footprint (PCF) data across its supply chain — an essential measure for anyone committed to net zero.

According to Sam Tucker, Founder and Managing Director of Tucker’s Natural, the pilot enabled the artisan baked snack producer to take giant strides towards its net zero commitments and Responsible Sourcing Program.

“Put simply — we can’t reach net zero without tracking supply chain emissions. Siemens Sigreen has enabled us to do this in a way that provides verifiable data. The results have been invaluable,” he said.

Tucker’s Natural was founded on the principle of producing ‘better for you’ baked snack products that are the best quality, all natural, sustainable and made with locally sourced ingredients. The Sigreen pilot has given Tucker’s Natural an opportunity to engage with its supply chain on a product level and quantify the CO2 contribution of individual components and suppliers, enabling a cross-company effort towards decarbonisation, carbon reduction and net zero targets.

“The challenges we faced in collecting this data goes to show that many businesses in Australia haven’t started on this journey yet,” Tucker said. “The major supermarkets have set aggressive emissions reduction targets, and I am really pleased that Tucker’s Natural, because of the pilot, is in a position to help them now.

“Having gone through the exercise with one product line, we can easily scale and replicate the measurements for our other products. We can calculate and attribute emissions data back to our production and then products so that in the future, when a consumer buys a Tucker’s Natural product, we can provide transparency of the emissions that have been generated in the production and delivery of that product.”

Milan Bawa, General Manager of Factory Automation at Siemens Australia and New Zealand, said: “It has been great to work with a company like Tucker’s Natural who are strongly committed to business and environmental sustainability and keen to make a difference in future. The pilot has proven that PCF tracking is a critical step for companies of all sizes aiming to address net zero.

Siemens said that Sigreen makes it possible to exchange emission data along the supply chain — from sourcing raw materials and packaging right through to customers enjoying the end product.

Image: Sam Tucker, Managing Director of Tucker’s Natural.

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