Lakeland Dairies Company, Pritchitts, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year at the recent Sustainable Ireland Awards.
This company was presented with the award, sponsored by Vayu Energy, at a glittering black tie event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
Pritchitts manufactures ultra-heat treated (UHT) dairy and dairy alternative products at its facility in Newtownards. As a dairy co-operative its purpose has always been the long term sustainability of its farmers, their farms and their communities.
A zero waste to landfill company whose total electricity supply comes from renewable sources, Pritchitts was the first dairy in the British Isles to introduce a Combined Heat and Power plant, helping it to reduce carbon dioxide by 80% over a 14 year period.
Two years ago, it opened a Global Logistics Centre, an automated warehousing facility, which cost £6 million to construct, and which delivers a range of environmental benefits.
It has, for example, reduced the number of warehouses the company uses across Northern Ireland from four to one, thereby cutting the number of road haulage movements and their associated environmental impacts.
It is also the first warehousing in Ireland with a low oxygen environment. This reduces fire risk and therefore the risk of waste of product due to fire damage.
With 16 separate categories, the annual Awards is organised by the Hillsborough based publishers of Sustainable Ireland and is now widely regarded as the premier event in the Irish Environmental, Waste Management and Energy sectors, attracting entries, support and sponsorship from all the leading players across the industry.