The first few examples show the emphasis the company from Parma has placed on making a contribution to addressing global challenges:
Raw materials: Barilla’s sustainability program begins with raw materials – durum wheat, tomatoes, eggs. In 2017, over 2,000 Italian farmers produced 240,000 tons of durum wheat. By following the “Barilla Decalogue for the Sustainable Cultivation of Durum Wheat,” the farmers managed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and their own costs by an average of 10%. Barilla also sets great store in animal welfare: Headquartered in Parma, the group uses 94% cagefree eggs. Barilla has taken palm oil out of its range entirely.
Production: For each ton of pasta Barilla has produced in its facilities since 2010, the company managed to reduce its water consumption by 31% and greenhouse gas emissions by 24%. In addition, Barilla has optimized its sauce and pesto production to reduce water consumption by 15% and CO2 emissions by 49%.
Nutrition: In 2017, Barilla launched 10 new products with a mission to improve the company’s nutritional profile. Since 2010, they have also improved the nutritional profile of 387 products, which now contain less sugar, saturated fats, and salt. Also in 2017, the company launched 100% vegetable sauces containing neither animal ingredients nor lactose to meet the changing demands of consumers.