Producing plant-based drinks for customers in the UK
In 2000, Alpro built a brand new plant in Kettering to produce 1 litre plant-based drinks for customers in the UK and Ireland. Core to this site is our commitment to becoming a Zero Impact Operation.
For over 10 years, as demand for Alpro's plant-based drinks range grew, we invested to expand our production capacity. Recent additions include the installation of a high-speed Tetra Pak line which almost doubles the capacity of a standard 1L ultra heat treated (UHT) pack line. Our team of 200 achieved this growth while implementing Zero Carbon, Zero Water and Zero Waste programmes that help Kettering become a Zero Impact Organisation.
Our journey to zero impact
Our supply point is powered by 100% renewable energy and has used green energy since 2008. We are lowering our carbon emissions, with a reduction of 45% megawatt hour (MWh) achieved since 2000. In 2019, we replaced existing lighting with a new LED system. Our new Tri–Generation Plant, due to be completed in 2021, will enable the plant to reduce energy consumption and the associated carbon emissions.
We are a Zero Waste to Landfill site. In packaging, our aim is to introduce 100% plant-based packaging that is 100% recyclable. We act to reduce food waste by redirecting unused foods to animal feed production and anaerobic digestion and are committed to avoiding food waste along the supply chain.
We are committed to reducing our use of water and also to reusing and reclaiming water where possible. Between 2011 and 2019, Alpro sites had reduced our water footprint by 45%. In 2020, we implemented the Water Reclaim project in Kettering. This involves the addition of a new water treatment plant with a biological process that enables the reuse of water.
Supporting people in need
Working with local partners
We work with FareShare, an organisation that distributes food and drinks to charities and under privileged families. In 2019, Alpro provided 156.5 tonnes of surplus products to FareShare. That’s enough for an estimated 372,627 meals for people in need.