At Puratos, we are constantly striving to grow our positive impact with the creation of innovative food solutions that promote health & well-being and steadily move businesses, customers, people, and the planet forward. As a responsible food company, we also know how important it is to take good care of our planet. That is why we launched a Life-Cycle Assessments (LCA) initiative that is aimed to analyze the environmental impact of our products and help our customers to accelerate their sustainability ambitions.
LCA measures the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle, from the sourcing of all raw materials and resources to the end of life. Each distinct part of the supply chain is closely analyzed, providing all parties – from grower through to consumer – critical information on the product’s complete environmental impact, facilitating more informed and environmentally-conscious purchasing decisions. The roll-out of the LCA initiative underlines our deep-rooted commitment to future generations and moving the planet forward through innovative food solutions.
We started off with the LCA analysis of the pioneering Plant Forward product range of plant-based dairy, egg, and butter replacement solutions. The results have been astonishing.
LCA studies concluded that the environmental impact of our innovative egg-wash alternative Sunset Glaze was 59% lower than pasteurized eggs, and butter alternative Mimetic had an environmental impact three times lower than dairy butter. This means that switching from dairy butter to Mimetic could cut one ton of CO2 emissions for every one ton of croissants produced – the equivalent of planting 50 trees.
Belcolade Selection M. Plant-Based Cacao-Trace, our newly-launched milk-alike plant-based chocolate, has also been assessed. The dairy-free, nut-free chocolate was found to have a 13% lower environmental impact than the dairy milk equivalent.
LCA studies of our plant-based alternatives offer robust evidence that they are significantly better for the planet, with granular data allowing us to calculate precisely how environmentally beneficial these ingredients are compared to their animal-based counterparts. As a result, our customers can tangibly and confidently demonstrate the sustainability credentials of their end-products to customers.