Los Angeles-based Pom Wonderful, a grower and producer of fresh pomegranates and pomegranate juice, is transitioning to 100 percent recycled plastic bottles and shifting more than 90 percent of its electricity needs to renewable energy.
Throughout North America, all 16-oz. bottles of Pom Wonderful juices – 100 percent Pomegranate Juice, Pomegranate Blueberry Juice and Pomegranate Cherry Juice – will be bottled in 100 percent rPET. The new bottles will feature a “100 percent recycled plastic” logo.
This commitment is the beginning of the company’s strategy to reduce single-use plastic and transitions more than 11 million bottles to 100 percent rPET annually as the brand approaches its 20th anniversary this fall.
The company also completed work on a solar farm at its processing plant in Del Rey, California. This project, which will be operational in June, is expected to deliver more than 90 percent of the company’s electricity needs by 2023. These initiatives are part of the company’s sustainability goals to reduce its carbon footprint through responsible agriculture and farming, energy, waste, packaging and emissions.
“As an agricultural company at heart, we know that sustainability is critical to our future. That’s why it’s important that we make environmental sustainability a core principle of our work, and conserve natural resources to minimize our company’s impact on the environment,” said Derrick Miller, president of Pom Wonderful.
“As we celebrate the transition to rPET and renewable energy, we continue to look for new ways to minimize our impact, serve as community stewards and enhance sustainability across every part of our business.”
In 2020, Pom Wonderful launched an innovation challenge, offering $1 million in funding and development resources to innovators who could develop an economical and environmentally friendly pilot-ready solution for the 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks generated each year by the company. In 2021, two winners were announced: BCD Bioscience and Enagon.
As a direct result of this funding, BCD Bioscience is discovering ways to harness new value from pomegranate husks and Enagon is working on upcycling the husks to transform them into nutritious ingredients.
To date, The Wonderful Company and its owners, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, have invested more than $1.3 billion in environmental sustainability initiatives to help fight climate change. This billion-dollar commitment includes the $750 million gift from the Resnicks to Caltech in support of the school’s environmental sustainability research.
In 2019, The Wonderful Company joined RE100, a global initiative made up of some of the world’s biggest companies, which have committed to using 100 percent renewable energy. The Pom solar farm joins solar installations at Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds facilities, Justin Vineyards and Wonderful Halos.
For more information, visit POMWonderful.com.