In June 2022, Evol became the first brand to introduce Carbonfree Certified Carbon Neutral single-serve frozen meals. Part of Conagra Brands, the eight Evol meals are produced at the company’s TRUE certified Zero Waste facility in Fayetteville, Ark.
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This latest certification achievement is part of an ongoing effort from Conagra, which has long prioritized impactful recycling and waste reduction measures. Being a TRUE Zero Waste facility means the Fayetteville plant has diverted an average of 90% or greater waste from landfills or other waste reductions in the past 12 months. Tracking waste intensity (lb waste/lb production), the Fayetteville location achieved a 90.5% diversion rate, diverting 17,351 tons of waste from the landfill through recycling, organic diversion, and food donation.
There are other sustainability efforts in play as well. “All of Evol's paperboard cartons are fully recyclable. The tree fiber used for the cartons is responsibly sourced, certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Evol also made the switch from 100% plastic bowls to paper-based bowls, which lowered the carbon footprint of packaging across all products. Ingredients across the line include chicken, beef and pork raised without antibiotics and no artificial colors or flavors,” notes Emily Muth, director of sustainability supply chain for Conagra.
“Fayetteville is Conagra’s first ever TRUE Zero Waste certified facility, and our team is currently evaluating how we can grow and continue our support of innovative waste reduction projects,” Muth says.