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We haven’t reached our goals yet. We are quite honest about that. But right here,
where cold facts and visions meet, we at Drytech are finding motivation to realise our sustainability goals. For us as a company, it is about being able to do more with less of society’s resources and raw materials.
As early as the 1970s, Drytech entrepreneur Rolf Hansen was a pioneer when it came
to bringing together sustainability and environmental perspectives as a key part of his thinking. He saw significant potential in the precious raw materials and local biomass that went to waste in the fishing industry that he knew so well.
Based on this insight, and not least as a food-loving specialist within the field of innovative drying technology, he developed his business idea; the unique freeze-drying method on which we still base our production. Naturally, it was important to utilise the raw materials, not to mention preserving the taste and consistency of the food. In addition, he focused on innovation in order to realise and reuse valuable surplus heat and energy from the industrial processes.
We are proudly carrying this ideology and legacy forward into the green shift.
We take our share of responsibility and apply global perspectives to our local work. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have a major impact on Norwegian politics and industry, and also affect our strategic choices. One example is goal 12 that deals with responsible consumption and production, where we must work to reduce food waste. This goal is pretty much at the heart of our business idea, but is still something we are developing and getting better and better at.
Over several years of strategic investment in new technology, we have managed to halve our total energy consumption. In addition, the energy we use is 100% renewable. This is great news for both the environment and for us. Our new factory is rigged for the future and for modern, efficient and energy-friendly operations. Our entire organisation is now working together to reduce environmental impact, knowing full well that our customers and our products thrive best out in the open and in natural surroundings.
Drytech shall be a manufacturer of long-lasting, nutritious meals that are easy to prepare and can be eaten by anyone. The business will continue to build unique knowledge within our processes and technology as a producer of freeze-dried food. The organisation shall be an industry leader in light of the green shift we are facing.
We are working continuously to reduce environmental impact and increase value chain efficiency by mapping and reducing resource consumption, emissions, packaging and waste. The environment and sustainability shall be an integral part of each individual employee’s workday, and we must be aware of our responsibility in relation to the world’s climate challenges.
The winners of the future are those who develop products in a way that unites social and environmental challenges with responsible growth. The climate and the environment will influence how we create profitability and growth. As an Eco-Lighthouse company and through our membership in the UN Global Compact initiative, we will work purposefully to implement the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The environment and social responsibility shall be an integral part of our core operations and lead to prioritised company objectives. We will promote environmental awareness in our own organisation through knowledge, facilitation and motivation. It is equally important to develop and implement clear criteria regarding the sustainable management of the entire supply chain.
Real packaging has undergone major and necessary innovations and changes since its launch in 1995. Our packaging has many important functionalities that serve as innovative success criteria for the product in use.
The function of the bag is essential for both taste and ease of eating. Often, the products get knocked about while out on a trip and in the field. Therefore, they have to withstand rough treatment and external influences. In addition, the bag must withstand our own vacuum packing process.
Safe food is important to us and our customers, and we are now starting work on the next generation of packaging. Together with Norner, the Research Council of Norway, the packaging industry and the waste industry, we have established and initiated a three-year project that includes pioneering work towards the future of recyclable meal bags. Our goal is to make all of our REAL bags recyclable in the future.