MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions, today announced it has been named one of 2015’s “Top Green Providers” by Food Logistics. The “Top Green Providers” list focuses on sustainability in the global food supply chain with profiles of companies that are exceeding industry standards in their sector.
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This year’s list includes grocers, third party logistics providers, cold storage providers, pallet and packaging manufacturers, software and technology companies, and others whose products and services are elevating sustainability to a “competitive advantage” in the industry. Ryder’s inclusion on the list reflects the Company’s leadership in providing thousands of food and beverage companies – including the top 10 U.S. food and beverage companies according to FORTUNE – with services including green transportation and logistics solutions to help them meet their sustainability goals. Distilled spirits maker Bacardi is one such example of a company that recently teamed up with Ryder to promote sustainable shipping practices. The collaboration includes partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program promoting vehicles equipped with clean, fuel efficient SmartWay Verified Technologies.
“Ryder’s sustainability initiatives continue to grow and evolve,” said Darin Cooprider, Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Packaged Goods for Ryder Supply Chain Solutions. “We know that sustainability plays an especially vital role in the food supply chain, which is why Ryder takes extra measures to ensure that food is safely and sustainably delivered from source to shelf.”
Ryder engages with customers to help them “green” their supply chains by focusing on carbon reduction in three critical areas: network design, facilities and building use, and transportation. By designing a supply chain network with the reduction of the carbon footprint as one of our primary focuses, Ryder advises customers on factors such as the location of distribution centers, miles to be traveled, amount of inventory, and size and number of facilities included in the network. For the use of buildings and facilities, Ryder offers lighting efficiencies, cutting-edge energy technologies, alternative use of by-products, and other strategies to reduce waste and carbon emissions. In transportation, customers are able to take advantage of Ryder’s engineering expertise optimizing shipments, routes, and modes.
Ryder is also the leader in natural gas vehicles solutions for the commercial transportation industry, with more than 30 million miles of experience, 17 NGV maintenance facilities, and more than 3,000 NGV trained technicians. The Company operates Liquefied to Compressed Natural Gas (LCNG) fuel stations at its Fontana and Orange, Calif., service locations. Willow Run Foods, Inc. is an example of a Ryder customer experiencing the benefits of investing in CNG vehicles with Ryder. The food distributor uses the vehicles in New York City, Long Island, and northern New Jersey, helping to offset emissions that would normally be generated in such a high-traffic region. Since the vehicles have a 550-mile range per tank on a single fill-up, drivers are able to complete a full delivery route from the company’s distribution center without having to refuel. Willow Run is expected to save approximately $100,000 annually, depending on diesel fuel fluctuations.
“The 2015 Top Green Providers list is our largest ever, signaling the growing importance of sustainability throughout the global food and beverage supply chain,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editor-in-chief for Food Logistics. “Applying sustainable practices in the agriculture, transportation, warehousing and retailing sectors is critical in addressing the environmental and business demands of the 21st century, particularly for our industry.”
Companies on this year’s “Top Green Providers” list will be profiled in the June 2015 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The Company has been named among FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies, and has been recognized for its industry-leading practices in third-party logistics, environmentally-friendly fleet and supply chain solutions, and world-class safety and security programs. Inbound Logistics magazine has included Ryder in its “Green Partners” listing for five years in a row. Ryder was also recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a 2014 SmartWay Affiliate Challenge award and SmartWay Excellence Awards in 2014 and 2013. Ryder is a charter member of the NGV Fleet Forum and a member of the Department of Energy’s National Clean Fleets partnership. Ryder is also a recipient of the 2011 NGV Achievement Award. A member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, Ryder is proud to support national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com, and follow us on our Online Newsroom, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. Access Ryder’s Corporate Sustainability Report here.
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