Water is a critical resource required for all steps of food processing. As soon as seeds are planted, our suppliers and contracted growers depend on the availability of clean water to grow crops and produce raw ingredients for our products.
ConAgra Foods needs water for its facilities to produce safe, quality food, and to use in cooking, sanitation and other infrastructure systems. It’s a resource that allows us to operate our facilities and ensure our equipment gets cleaned thoroughly each day to meet food safety standards. In April 2010, we announced a goal to reduce water use by 15 percent per pound of product produced by 2015. We track water use for all of our facilities—both total amount used and water use per pound of finished product produced—and use this information to help prioritize water efficiency projects.
We believe the quality of the water we discharge is just as important as the amount of water we use. We have placed significant focus on improving wastewater pretreatment—including more than $30 million in recent infrastructure improvements—to drastically improve discharge water quality. We discharge wastewater to publicly owned treatment facilities for land application or irrigation or, in a few instances, we directly discharge wastewater into surface water bodies. With 37 percent of our wastewater used for irrigation or soil amendment at neighboring farms, we’re returning, through beneficial re-use, a significant amount of the water we've extracted.
Understanding our Water Risk
Twister® Fries Water Conservation
The Juicy Truth: Tomato Water Reclamation