Turkey is one of the largest producers of tomatoes; therefore, EkoFood has taken measures in order to assure not just the present production of its product, but also taken into the account of future needs.
In terms of sustainable farming, Ekofood uses drip irrigation in order to maximize the most efficient use of water for both the plants and the environment. Drip irrigation ensures that the plants receive the necessary amount of water without over using the amount of water needed. While it is more expensive, we have decided that the planets future is more important than our financial gain.
All vegetable waste is (rejected tomato and peppers) is given to our farmers for animal feeding, or for use in fertilization to enrich the soil. Even the tomato pulp that is secreted during the cutting process is saved. By utilizing sustainable farming strategies, we can become more profitable and reduce our environmental impact.
Ekofood’s frozen factory is covered in solar panels and provides electricity for its foru factories (Frozen&Chilled Foods, Frozen&Chilled Site 2, Canned Foods Factory and Distribution Center). Being one of the first 100% solar powered factories in Turkey is a milestone that many other companies are now striving to follow in Ekofood’s path. Another benefit for us using solar energy is the reduction of toxic materials entering the Earth’s atmosphere, thereby reducing the impact of hazardous substances on human health and the environment.
We hope that by expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology is important to ensure clean and more efficient energy is provided globally. In turn, this pushes for growth and enables us to help the environment. By 2030, our goal is to have only electric cars used in our factory.
Here at Ekofood we have 3 separate waste lines (production, human and others) which are refined at the local industrial zones recycling centre. In 2019 we started separating glass, plastic, carton and other wastes. We have a third party company coming daily to discard these wastes.
Ekofood believes strongly in the future of our planet and those living in it. Ekofood offers monthly donations for its worker’s children’s education. This ensures that the best possible education is given to the future generations globally. Ekofood also provides gift boxes containing its products as well as special presents during New Year’s eve, as well as during special cultural / religious holidays.
Whenever new employees arrive at our factory, they are given special courses on their roles in Ekofood, as well as how to follow all safety regulations. We have experienced professionals coming from a third party organization to provide government approved courses.
One of the newest trends for companies is the measurement of water footprint. At Ekofood, we closely follow our water usage both in the factory, as well as in our farms. Once our tomatoes and peppers reach our factory, it is very important that we wash them properly by using only the necessary amount of water. Ekofood also measures its carbon footprint and aims to reduce it yearly.