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Purina joins the sustainability program | Pet food processing

CHICAGO — Renewable, plant-based ingredient maker Primient announced July 20 that Nestlé Purina has joined its sustainable agriculture program. Purina will sponsor 200,000 acres of US-grown corn under Primient’s program.

Primient’s sustainable agriculture initiative includes nearly 1.5 million acres of corn. The company partners with Truterra, LLC, one of the largest farmer-owned cooperatives in the United States.

“Scaling up sustainable agriculture really takes many partners,” added Jason Weller, president of Truterra. “It takes farmers and their trusted advisors, agricultural retailers, as well as committed value chain partners such as Primient and Nestle Purina. Truterra is honored to work alongside these groups to impact sustainable grain production.

Truterra uses innovative technology to help growers measure the environmental impacts of their farming practices, allowing farmers to make more informed decisions about resource use. With Truterra and Primient, farmers can also monitor crop and soil health throughout the growing season.

“We are delighted to partner with Purina to achieve our mutual sustainability ambitions of supporting sustainable agriculture, while supporting Nestlé Purina’s net zero commitment,” said Laura Kowalski, Global Head of Sustainability at First. “We are committed to generating measurable impact at the farm level, which helps to increase sustainable agricultural practices throughout the value chain. This partnership is an excellent example of our principles in action.

According to Purina, joining Primient’s agriculture program is in line with its net zero commitment to reducing its environmental footprint throughout its supply chain.

“Purina is proud to support farmer leadership in sustainability as we continue to strengthen our agricultural initiatives across the country,” said Jack Scott, Vice President of Sustainable Sourcing at Nestlé Purina. “Partnerships with reputable organizations such as Primient and Truterra improve our supply of essential sustainable ingredients to feed 51 million dogs and 66 million cats each year and promote conservation.”

Learn more about sustainability efforts in the pet food and treats industry.