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Martin Murray

Cutting Carbon Emissions With Ocean Spray

By February 1, 2013

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Ocean Spray Ocean Spray, the agricultural cooperative owned by more than 700 cranberry growers in a number of states, announced that they have achieved a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gases (GHG) by making smart process changes to one of its primary transportation and distribution routes. As well as the GHG reduction, the company realized a 40 percent savings in transportation costs by opening a new distribution center in Florida, bringing product supply closer to demand.

The report, sponsored by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and carried out by the Center for Transportation & Logistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT CTL), shows that Ocean Spray found an environmentally sustainable way to transport finished products to its new distribution center in Florida by filling a competitor's vacant rail-cars with Ocean Spray product. The company's savings were primarily due to shifting 80 percent of its freight traffic to the new rail route, which saved over 100,000 gallons of fuel a year, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 1,300 metric tons.

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