Did you know that 400 truckloads of sack onions cross the U.S. every day – and one-third of their cargo is waste? Gill’s Onions is doing something about it! They’re the first in our Earth Month series, that highlights the partners who share Markon’s commitment to people and the planet.
Gill’s produces cleaned and prepped onions for our Ready-Set-Serve line of products. By removing the outer layers of the onion that we don’t usually cook with, they not only cut labor and waste in the kitchen for operators but reduce the amount of waste trucked around the country.
And then Gills takes it one – huge – step further by taking those peels and turning them into energy! The company has developed an on-premises anaerobic digestor that converts 100% of its onion waste into ultra-clean, virtually emissions-free electricity to help power their processing facility. The remaining pulp is sold as high value cattle feed.
Gill’s has been focused on sustainability since before it was popular. “The point of striving for zero waste is that you never fully achieve it – as our knowledge grows and the environment changes, we can always find ways to do more,” said Head of Marketing Megan Jacobsen. “Markon holds us to a different standard when it comes to sustainability and especially food safety – and that is the biggest compliment I can give to its members.”
Visit Gill’s Onions to find out more.
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