Barilla Sustainability Report 2021
22 July 2021
ALMOST 500 MORE SUSTAINABLE AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS IN 10 YEARS.
LOWER CO2 EMISSIONS AND A COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING.
- -31% CO2 emissions in 10 years per ton of finished product. Four Group brands now carbon-neutral.
- Sustainable packaging: reductions in plastics and use of virgin fiber paper for packaging, aiming at 100% designed to be recycled packaging.
- In 2020, €40 million of investment in Research & Development. Cecille and Lentille, new biscuits made with legume flour, pioneers of 60 new or reformulated products, with less sugar, fat, salt and more fiber and legumes, bringing the total to 476 in 10 years.
- €5 million and 3,500 tons of products donated: Barilla’s support for communities during the Covid crisis.
- Around 10,000 farms involved in sustainable agriculture projects for the main raw materials.
Parma, July 22nd, 2021 – Increasingly sustainable, innovative pasta, sauces and baked goods with an improved nutritional profile: In the last 10 years, the Barilla Group has reformulated 476 products, improving their nutritional profile and reducing CO2eq emissions by 31% and water consumption by 23% for each ton of finished product. Zero impact on the planet for four brands – Wasa, Gran Cereale, Mulino Bianco and Harrys, which have achieved complete offsetting of CO2 equivalent. Plus tangible proximity to communities, in a year severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, one in which Barilla donated over €5 million and around 3,500 tons of products. As well as support for the development of local agriculture in the name of quality, sustainability and economic support, with the Manifesto for the cultivation of durum wheat in Italy and the regulations for the sustainable cultivation of soft wheat in Italy and France.
These are just a few of the highlights of the Barilla Group's new sustainability report published today, July 22nd, on barillagroup.com, providing the results achieved by the Parma-based company for the well-being of people, for the environment and for communities.
CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO REDUCING EMISSIONS: FOUR CARBON-NEUTRAL BRANDS
Since 2010, the Parma-based Group has reduced CO2 eq. emissions by 31% and water consumption per ton of finished product by 23%. In the meantime, 64% of the total electricity purchased comes with Guarantee of Origin certification, ensuring the sources used are renewable. To head in this direction, the goal of complete neutralization of greenhouse gas emissions in the Wasa, GranCereale, Harrys and Mulino Bianco brands, the first to have achieved full offsetting of CO2.
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING, REDUCTIONS IN PLASTICS AND USE OF VIRGIN FIBER PAPER
As set out in the 2021 sustainability report, the packaging of Barilla products also tells a story of respect for the planet’s resources. Barilla has committed to 100% designed to be recycled packaging within the next few months. To reduce the impact of packaging further and further, the guiding principles that inspire Barilla include the use of paper and cardboard to replace plastics where the safety and organoleptic characteristics of the product allow this. Plus the use of virgin fiber paper and cardboard from responsibly managed forests.
SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITIES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
Sustainability at Barilla is also about people and local communities. ever since the early months of the coronavirus crisis last year, Barilla has been launching a series of solidarity initiatives in the various countries where the Group maintains a presence, with a total of over €5.5 million and around 3,500 tons of products donated.
60 PRODUCTS LAUNCHED OR REFORMULATED IN 2020, CECILLE AND LENTILLE FOR BREAKFAST
Within 10 years, Barilla has reformulated 476 products, 26 in 2020, reducing fat, saturated fat, salt and/or sugar content and increasing fiber content. To support this work, €40 million was invested in Research & Development in 2020 alone. Palm oil-free since 2016, Barilla last year launched onto the market 34 new products that explain its way of doing business: products with no added sugar, rich in fiber, wholewheat, based on legumes or in single-serve packs. Only a few months ago did Cecille and Lentille arrive in Italy, bringing the flavor of legume flour to breakfast: a veritable revolution in the most important meal of the day, focusing on an iconic ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. Also as part of the GranCereale product range, a new shortbread with chickpea flakes, corn, lentils and chocolate has been launched: a wide variety of major ingredients in the improvement of biodiversity.
WITHIN ONE YEAR, 19% MORE STRATEGIC RAW MATERIALS PURCHASED RESPONSIBLY
2020 was a key year for the development of Barilla’s sustainable agriculture projects, ending a decade of innovation and investment. This also serves as confirmation that sustainable supply chains are the most resilient. In 2020, the total of strategic raw materials purchased responsibly rose by 19%, with 10,000 companies now involved in sustainable agriculture projects. Barilla also uses 2 specifications for the sustainable cultivation of soft wheat: the Mulino Charter and the Harrys Charter. Where possible, the tomatoes and basil used to make Barilla sauces and pesto are grown near the manufacturing sites, to minimize the time between product harvesting and processing. Support for local agriculture also affects pasta, in which Barilla is a world leader. 90% of durum wheat, the key ingredient of all the Group’s pasta brands, is purchased on the local market, and 42% via cultivation contracts. The “Durum Wheat Manifesto”, launched in 2020, serves as proof of its tangible commitment to support the Italian agricultural supply chain.
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR COMMITMENT TO ANIMAL WELFARE AND D&I
For many years, Barilla has been committed to ensuring that all suppliers of raw materials of animal origin comply not only with the legal requirements, but also with the highest animal welfare standards and criteria. In testament to this commitment, Barilla was the only company in the world in 2020 to receive Special Recognition from CIWF, the NGO with which the Barilla Guidelines on Animal Welfare have jointly been drawn up.
In 2020, Barilla was also the first Italian company to win the “Catalyst Award”, for its efforts to enhance women’s leadership in the workplace and increase the inclusion of all Barilla employees worldwide.
Barilla has also adhered to the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Marketing and Business Practices in the Food Supply Chain, formalizing its commitment in three areas: emissions reduction, sustainable supply chains and packaging.
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: GROWTH IN INTERMODAL TRANSPORT IN EUROPE AND ITALY
For many years, Barilla has been committed to reducing the environmental impact of the freighting of raw materials and finished products. Since March 2020, 70% of the products sent from Italy to Germany are shipped using an intermodal solution, the result of a partnership established with GTS Logistic, with “cuts” of around 5,000 truckloads per year, saving of around 6,000 tons of CO2eq. In May 2021, this commitment removed another 6,000 trucks from Italian roads, courtesy of the activation of a link between the logistics hubs of Emilia-Romagna with those in southern Italy.
BARILLA GROUP TURNOVER IN 2020: €3.89 BILLION
The commitment to making the business model more and more sustainable has also been acknowledged by the market. In 2020, the Barilla Group's turnover amounted to €3.89 billion (up 9% on 2019, net of the foreign exchange rate effect), with pasta, sauces and ready meals accounting for 55.2% of turnover, with baked goods at 46.2%. The Barilla Group currently maintains a presence in over 100 countries with 29 manufacturing sites (15 in Italy and 14 abroad), employing a total of 8,591 people. Passion for quality, the constant quest for outstanding recipes and the ability to combine tradition and innovation have meant a small bread and pasta shop opened in Parma in 1877 has been able to become the world leader in the pasta market, the #1 in ready-made sauces market in Continental Europe, and the leading producer of baked goods in Italy and crispbreads in the Nordic countries.
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