Safety & Sustainability

The Right Thing To Do

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FOOD SAFETY AND SUPERIOR QUALITY IS PARAMOUNT, COUNT ON ROYAL TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE EVERY STEP OF THE WAY – FROM THE FIELD TO YOUR PLATE.

At Royal we set continuously high standards throughout our supply chain which enable us to safely deliver fresh and high quality goods to our customers each day.

Drivers and Fleet

Our drivers are the best of the best – extensive training and the latest fleet safety and monitoring technology results in drivers that strive to get your goods to you in optimal condition and on time every delivery. With over 90 trucks dispatched across the Southeast each day, Royal prides itself on our trucks looking as good as our produce. That’s why our fleet has an average lifespan of fewer than three years. Each Royal delivery will arrive via a fully refrigerated truck with temperatures maintained to preserve freshness and quality. The temperature of each truck is monitored by our dispatch team via real-time temperature reporting. GPS satellite tracking allows our team to track vehicle locations ensuring we’re meeting delivery windows.

THE ROYAL DIFFERENCE FOCUSES ON FOOD SAFETY-DRIVEN, QUALITY, ON-TIME PRODUCE

Our state-of-the-art facility keeps food integrity and safety the central focus of our operation. With 56,000 sq. ft. of independently-zoned computer-monitored cold storage space we are able to establish the ideal climate for each commodity. Routine inspections and annual audits by Primus GFS, an independent third-party auditor, maintains our food safety standards. We invite our customers, both present and potential, to tour our facility and experience the Royal difference.

Royal is committed to delivering safe, sustainable, local foods while minimizing our carbon footprint because it’s the right thing to do for our planet, community and future

INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE

Royal Food Service has been certified by the Green Business Bureau as an environmentally responsible business. Royal has achieved Green Platinum tier status by adopting principles and practices that demonstrate a superior commitment to conserving the environment and making the environment a healthier place for our customers, employees, and community. We appreciate your continued support of Royal Food Service and thank you for your commitment to sustainability.

ROYAL NOURISHES COMMUNITIES WHILE CONSERVING RESOURCES.

Fuel Consumption Management

Through fleet technologies, Royal reduces the carbon footprint by managing fuel consumption, driving style, and location on routes.

Full Single-stream Recycling and Paper Waste Reduction

Royal recycles all office paper, plastics, glass, and other recyclable materials. Recycling containers are located in each office and throughout the facility to encourage participation. All cardboard is baled and sent to a recycling facility. Approximately 90 tons of recyclables are diverted from the landfill each year.

Royal helps to reduce the use of paper products and waste by offering customers order placement through our web-based order system. (Documents are electronically stored in order to further reduce paper waste.)

“Green” Supplies

Royal purchases office, break room, and cleaning supplies from suppliers that offer eco-friendly products such as Staples’ EcoEasy.

LED Lighting

Full-facility lighting retrofit has been completed to LED lighting which achieved a 10% reduction in monthly kilowatt hours — the equivalent energy usage of 16 homes. By swapping older CFL type lighting for high-efficiency LED lighting and programming them to automatically turn off when not in use, the retrofit greatly reduced power consumption.

Renewable Energy Credits

Royal purchases renewable energy credits through Georgia Power to offset its carbon emissions.

GREENER FIELDS TOGETHER – POSITIVELY IMPACTING OUR PEOPLE AND OUR PLANET

Greener Fields Together is a sustainability program for the entire produce value chain. GFT and their partners have created the food industry’s first comprehensive, national sustainability and food safety initiative that encompasses the entire produce supply chain, from national farms and processors, to small local farms, to distributors and foodservice operators. GFT’s mission is to foster continuous process improvement by all parties so that produce is handled in the most sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly manner from seed to fork.

Launched in 2011, GFT was created and is administered and ran by PRO*ACT and its national network of independently-owned local purveyors. As a formalized, stand-alone program, Greener Fields Together engages and involves farmers, distributors, foodservice operators and retail locations in efforts to work toward safer produce from seed to fork.

What are the goals?

Greener Fields Together has two primary goals:

  • – To implement sustainability practices that will improve environmental impact
  • – To ensure the availability and safety of produce for foodservice and retail partners in all industry segments

Who are the participants in Greener Fields Together? 

Greener Fields Together is a program for all supply chain partners, including local, regional and national farmers, PRO*ACT distributors, commercial and noncommercial foodservice customers, and retail locations.

How Greener Fields Together Delivers:

Greener Fields Together quantifies sustainability efforts with every partner, facilitates transparency and continuous improvement at every link and, ultimately, creates a future for conscious production and consumption. Here’s how it’s done:

  • – Large national farms and processors are engaged in making continuous sustainability improvements to their growing, harvest and post-harvest activities.
  • – Local farms are supported with financial and educational resources to nurture greater availability of locally grown produce.
  • – Distributor partners are monitored for ongoing, measurable sustainability improvements. (i.e. purchasing of local produce; food safety; conservation of resources, etc.).
  • – Hospitality and retail operators who commit to the Greener Fields Together supply chain and embrace sustainability in their own operations can proudly display the Greener Fields Together logo for patrons to see.