Busting the top 4 myths to achieve sustainability in pet food

Petfood Forum recently spoke with Jonathan Dressler, project manager associate, CRB to learn more about his 2023 Petfood Forum presentation. Dressler debunks the top four perceived barriers to achieving sustainability in a pet food operation during the “Unknotting the pet food supply chain” concurrent session on Tuesday, May 1 at 1:30-2:35 pm. Register here to learn from Dressler and 20+ other industry experts.

These myths were revealed in a 2022 CRB survey of pet food producers; Dressler makes the case that the misperceptions can actually drive ways to deal with increasing supply chain disruptions and fuel challenges, helping producers set and meet ambitious sustainability goals.

Petfood Forum: What is the single, most important concept or piece of information you hope attendees will learn from your presentation?

Dressler: Sustainability is not only affordable, but it can help save money when implemented early and done based on project needs.

Petfood Forum: Please explain the significance of this concept or information to the pet food industry and your organization:

Dressler: Pet food manufacturing is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions as well as water waste. Implementing sustainability can benefit the planet while saving millions of dollars.

As a leader in the design and construction of pet food facilities, it is our responsibility to take the lead on educating our clients on the accessibility of sustainable design and construction solutions, as well as why it is imperative that we move in that direction now.

Petfood Forum: What are potential next developments or stages in this specific field? Where do you hope future development or research takes it, or how you plan to progress it? 

Dressler: The next step is to collectively set greenhouse gas and waste reduction targets across the industry. We hope in the future that all projects have a baseline of sustainability. At CRB, we are working to incorporate this into our design standards and educate clients on the benefits.

Petfood Forum: What pets rule your household?

Dressler: Isaac, our 12-year-old Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix, is very protective of the house and family but a cuddly teddy bear with my 4-year-old daughter.

About Petfood Forum

The 2023 edition of Petfood Forum is scheduled for May 1-3 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Petfood Forum includes an agenda packed with opportunities to network and collaborate with industry professionals, learn the latest in pet food innovation and discover new tools for business success.