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Discover what Emmi’s sustainability is all about!

Over the past 20 years, Emmi has grown from a medium-sized, regionally focused company into an international Group. Today, the focus of our activities is on our home market of Switzerland, its European neighbours and North America. We export our dairy products from Switzerland to some 60 countries worldwide. In addition, we currently have subsidiaries and holdings in 14 countries outside Switzerland. We manufacture a full range of cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk products at our 25 Swiss production facilities, while our foreign companies are also engaged in a variety of activities.

The diversity of this offering makes our value chain very complex, while the sustainability aspects of this value chain are every bit as diverse. We are pleased to give you an insight into specific measures being implemented all over the world to help improve our sustainability.

Focus on projects

Bever, Switzerland

Excellent solar plant in Europe’s highest dairy

A high-temperature solar plant was installed on the roof of Lataria Engiadinaisa SA (LESA) at the end of 2011. This saves approximately 70 MWh of fossil fuels every year, which corresponds to a reduction of some 21 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

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Schweiz

Dairy products “often keep longer”

Products with a best-before date, which include dairy products, often have a much longer shelf life. This is why Emmi is teaming up with Too Good To Go and adding the designation “often keeps longer” to a selection of its products.

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Schweiz

Prevention is better than cure

Produkte mit Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum, zu denen auch Milchprodukte gehören, sind oft wesentlich länger haltbar. Deshalb spannt Emmi mit Too Good To Go zusammen und ergänzt eine Auswahl ihrer Produkte mit dem Zusatz «oft länger gut».

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Schweiz

Farmers as ambassadors

Emmi is the largest milk processor in Switzerland. This is thanks not only to the just under 3,000 employees – spread across 25 sites in Switzerland – but also more than 6,000 dairy farmers. One hundred of these dairy farmers are now introducing themselves and their farms. They are proud ambassadors for their milk and the products that Emmi makes from it.

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Dagmersellen, Switzerland

Energy from wastewater

Emmi’s Dagmersellen site is well known within the company for its pioneering role in waste water management. Since 2014, a micro gas turbine has been part of the complex water pruification process.

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Switzerland

High standard among our direct suppliers

It doesn’t take much to evoke an image of Alpine idyll: a cow, grazing away happily amid an expanse of juicy, green grass, a multitude of herbs and Alpine flowers at the foot of a mountain.

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Switzerland

Company challenge: the future is sustainable

Emmi regards vocational training and apprenticeships as highly important. They secure for us well-trained employees with the technical skills needed in our sector. Moreover, today’s apprentices are our future specialists and managers. Emmi has joined with the myclimate foundation in launching the Emmi Company Challenge. This is a competition in which our apprentices devise projects that help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve resources.

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Hefenhofen, Switzerland

Sun-cooled cheese facility

Both in production and the ageing process, Käserei Studer in eastern Switzerland, which manufactures cheese specialities. One of the energy sources it uses is the sun. In the warmer months, the plant’s own photovoltaic array produces some of the energy needed to cool the ageing facility.

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Switzerland

Clean electricity for Emmi in Switzerland

Since the beginning of 2017, all Emmi locations in Switzerland have been supplied with hydropower, thus reducing its annual CO2 emissions by 14,500 tonnes.

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Schweiz

“Topless” for the environment

Produkte mit Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum, zu denen auch Milchprodukte gehören, sind oft wesentlich länger haltbar. Deshalb spannt Emmi mit Too Good To Go zusammen und ergänzt eine Auswahl ihrer Produkte mit dem Zusatz «oft länger gut».

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Switzerland

Competition for land: cows don’t belong on cropland

Cows grazing where nothing else grows is not a problem. If, however, cow feed is produced on arable land that could be used for food crops, this can result in so-called food-feed competition for the land.

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Pero, Italy

Rachelli plays its part

Reducing the packaging material used for food is always a delicate balancing act. If it makes the packaging significantly less stable and too exposed to air and light, then you lose more than you gain.

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Arcata, USA

The gold standard in goat dairies

Mary Keehn founded the company in the 1980s with nothing more than two dairy goats. The animal remains the focus of Cypress Grove’s business. The company now has more than 1,700 goats, which recently moved into a model dairy.

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Switzerland

Reduce, then offset

Emmi exports products worldwide and is present in 15 countries outside Switzerland. Such a network inevitably involves air travel. From now on, unavoidable business travel will be offset through financial contributions.

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Saignelégier, Switzerland

Prize-winning solar plant in the Jura

Fromagerie de Saignelégier is one of just nine certified Tête de Moine AOP cheese dairies. When the dairy was expanded in 2012, consideration was also given to environmental factors. 17 state-of-the-art solar heat collectors were installed on the 627 m2 roof.

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Switzerland

Product donations for a good cause

It is our fundamental aim that everything we produce can be delivered to our customers as flawless products. Sometimes, though, it’s not possible to prevent more of a product being manufactured than the quantity ordered.

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Emmen, Switzerland

Turning a rather odd hobby into a career

Vilson Krasniqi joined Emmi in Emmen as an unskilled cheese store worker in 2002. His line manager soon noticed that he had a flair for handling systems. Thanks to this unusual talent, he was soon doing other.

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Emmi

Emmi scores good CDP rating

The climate experts working with the global non-profit organisation CDP have given Emmi’s commitment the third-highest rating of B. This places Emmi well above the average both within its industry and within its region (German-speaking countries).

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USA

The sun rises in Platteville

Emmi Roth is setting an example for environmental protection by investing in a high-performance photovoltaic system at its Platteville site in the state of Wisconsin. With 1,600 panels installed on the roof, the system can cover 15 % of the company’s electricity requirement. The annual reduction in CO2 emissions amounts to 500 tonnes.

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Switzerland

Switching from road to rail

Since 2013 Emmi has been collaborating with Coop subsidiary railCare to distribute its products. This modular transport chain provides an optimum combination of road and rail.

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Mahdia

Know-how crosses language and cultural borders

Three young Vitalait employees worked at the Emmen site for two months. They were impressed by the professionalism of our processes and surprised at how warmly they were welcomed to Switzerland by our employees at Emmi.

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Landquart, Switzerland

Carbon-neutral raclette cheese production in Landquart

A forward-looking solution has been developed by our Landquart site, which specialises in producing raclette cheese, working together with local waste management company GEVAG.

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Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Closed-loop paper recycling

Thanks to Model AG, there is now an economical solution for reintroducing plasticised paper bags into the paper cycle, which is good for the environment and the companies involved.

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Switzerland

Young professionals abroad

Emmi takes a particular interest in its younger employees. Everyday work is also strongly impacted by increasing internationalisation and networking, especially at a global company such as Emmi. It’s for that reason that Emmi, every year, sends two younger employees abroad for a year as part of the development programme for «young professionals».

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Emmen, Switzerland

Emmen „green“ steam

At its Emmen location, Emmi needs 32 000 tonnes of steam per year. While this volume was previously produced using heating oil, since 2009 around 70 % of the steam has been produced in a CO2-free manner using heat from wood chips.

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Sebastopol, USA

“Milking the Sun” in California

Redwood Hill produces fully sustainable goat’s milk products, with a focus on animal welfare and environmental protection. In this context, the core focus is environmentally friendly energy production through an 8,000 m2 solar plant, waste prevention as well as conserving and recycling water.

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Switzerland

Food-feed competition: Cows don’t belong on cropland

Not all milk is the same. Whether it is sustainable depends on factors such as animal welfare or what the cows are fed on. If animal feed is grown where food could also thrive, competition between animal and human nutrition arises. This competition can now be measured. On behalf of WWF Switzerland, Emmi, the Swiss Milk Producers (SMP) and the Central Switzerland Milk Producers (ZMP), Agroscope and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL) have developed two corresponding indicators. The results of an initial practical test show that Switzerland, with its numerous alpine pastures, is ideal for milk production.

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Suhr, Switzerland

Clearly elated

The production site in Suhr has converted to LED lighting. And it is saving a lot of energy in the process. However, the most striking change has to do with something else, as a tour of the site reveals.

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Switzerland

Sustainable soy in Swiss milk production

Sustainable dairy products come from sustainable milk. In addition to animal welfare, Emmi focuses here on feed, which should primarily consist of roughage. High-protein soy can also be beneficial as a feed supplement. However, it must come from sustainable sources.

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Dechow, Germany

Energy management professionals at Gläserne

The successful organic dairy in north-east Germany has a particular affinity for environmental issues. It devotes special attention to the topic of energy. An important component of professional energy management at Gläserne Molkerei is the solar plant in Dechow.

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Hefenhofen, Switzerland

Valuable wood chips from scrap lumber

Both in production and the ageing process, Käserei Studer in eastern Switzerland, which manufactures cheese specialities such as Der Scharfe Maxx, sets great store by sustainable solutions.

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Bischofszell, Switzerland

Biomolkerei Biedermann: closing the CO2 cycle with woodchips

Heating with wood is CO2 neutral as trees require energy from sunlight and CO2 to grow. This energy and the CO2 are stored in the wood and released as heat when it is burned, resulting in the emission of only as much CO2 as the tree took from the environment to grow.

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Pero, Italy

LEDs: lots of light for little electricity

The Italian dessert producer Rachelli is renowned beyond its country’s borders for its organic and Demeter specialities. Recently, energy-saving light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were installed.

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Switzerland

Relying on home-grown management

Logistics professionals are in short supply on the labour market. Recruiting them is hard work, as well as being expensive and high-risk. That’s why it pays off for Emmi to seek out unusual ways of developing personnel in order to train up as managers the talented people it already has.

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Nüziders (AUT)

Here comes the sun!

Some 500 collectors on the roof of Emmi Austria in Nüziders generate around 160,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. This measure can reduce annual CO2 emissions by a good 15 tonnes of CO2.

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Europe

European plants running on eco-friendly hydropower

Since the start of 2017, all our 36 sites in Switzerland have been running on sustainable hydropower. This is reducing our CO2 emissions by 14,000 tonnes a year.

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Münchehofe, DE

Gläserne Molkerei: verdict “doubly good”

“Milk from Gläserne Molkerei is doubly good” according to the results of the comprehensive milk comparison carried out by German consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest. Firstly in terms of good quality, and secondly in terms of sustainability as regards animal welfare, environmental protection and producer price. And in general, the findings showed that the lower the price, the lower the commitment to animal welfare, the environment and fairness.

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Petaluma, USA

Sunshine and roses for the cowgirls

The people who care deeply about the environment include Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, the founders of California-based cheese boutique Cowgirl Creamery. It was their concern for ecology that led them to start investing in solar energy more than ten years ago. Now, they’re investing in an additional, modern photovoltaic system that reduces CO2 emissions by almost 80 tonnes a year.

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Emmi

Positive CDP rating for Emmi’s CO2 commitment

By the end of 2020 we want to reduce our global CO2 emissions by 25 percent. We provide transparent information on the emissions we cause and the progress we are making in this area. With that in mind, we regularly take part in the CDP. In 2019 we received a B- grade from the climate experts of this globally active non-profit organisation.

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Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Dynamic product loss management

When we talk about product losses at Emmi, we don’t mean masses of yogurt and cheese being thrown away.

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Suhr, Switzerland

Mittelland Molkerei on the path to carbon neutrality

Emmi has committed to reducing its global CO2 emissions by 25 % by 2020. With the connection of Mittelland Molkerei in Suhr to the local district heating network, it is taking a major step towards achieving this target. The annual CO2 emissions of the company, which specialises in the production of milk, cream and butter, will thus be reduced by 80 % or 5,000 tonnes from 2020.

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Bischofszell, Switzerland

Molkerei Biedermann: highly sustainable organic pioneers

Molkerei Biedermann is passionate about climate protection. The 204 solar panels on the roof of the dairy provide electricity for processing and cooling 1 million litres of organic milk.

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Sebastopol, USA

“Goats First” at Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

In 2005, the Redwood Hill Farm was the first U.S. goat’s milk farm to be awarded the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label by the Humane Farm Animal Care® (HFAC) organisation.

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Pamplona, Spain

Energy analysis goes global

For many years, Emmi systematically examined the energy consumed by our production facilities in Switzerland. In doing so, the company have saved a substantial amount of energy and reduced our costs by several million euros a year. This spring, the first enegy Analysis abroad was done at Lactéos de Navarra in Spain.

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Emmen, Schweiz

Holzschnitzelanlage Emmen

Für die Produktion von Emmi Energy Milk, Luzerner Rahmkäse, Jogurt und Co. benötigt Emmi am Standort Emmen jährlich über 30’000 Tonnen Dampf. Dieser wurde in der Vergangenheit mit Heizöl erzeugt. Zusammen mit ewl energie wasser luzern und Amstutz Holzenergie realisierte Emmi 2009 in Emmen eine Holzschnitzelanlage, die Dampf zur Herstellung von Milchprodukten erzeugt.

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Schweiz

Emmi’s lorry drivers know how

Sustainability and efficiency in logistics have many aspects. How drivers behave when on the road is one of them. That’s why Emmi gives its some 200 lorry drivers regular training. The excellent result in the Volvo Trucks Drivers’ Fuel Challenge has now shown that this pays off. At the end of the six-month qualifying phase, five of the top ten positions were held by Emmi drivers.

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Switzerland

Energy and Climate Laboratory: Emmi’s apprentices win 1st price

The Energy and Climate Laboratory, the nationwide myclimate education competition for apprentices, awarded the trophies for the best projects of the year on 7 June. Teams from four teams – one of them from Emmi – were honoured for their outstanding achievements this year.

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