Earlier this month, Barron’s released its first (soon to be annual) list of the most sustainable companies in the United States. The ranking criteria included everything from greenhouse gas emissions and human rights to workplace diversity and accounting policies.

Food processors, retailers, and their suppliers made a very strong showing — almost 1 in 5 companies on the list is related to the food industry.

#10 Xylem

Xylem provides engineered solutions throughout the water cycle. Their offerings for food and beverage include raw material analysis as well as waste management and environmental monitoring for foodservice operations.

Barron’s score (out of 100): 73

#15 Darden Restaurants

The Darden Restaurants family of full-service dining establishments includes Olive Garden, Yard House, and LongHorn Steakhouse.

Barron’s score: 73

#17 Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies makes measuring and monitoring equipment. Their food and beverage industry offerings include beverage analysis, infant formula and dairy testing, and other laboratory and testing services.

Barron’s score: 72

#19 Flowserve

Flowserve provides pumps, valves, seals, automation, and services, including solutions for bottling operations, breweries, canneries, and food and beverage water and wastewater applications.

Barron’s score: 72

#26 PepsiCo

The first food manufacturer on the list, PepsiCo has recently expanded its sustainability initiatives.

Barron’s score: 71

#29 Ecolab

Ecolab is a leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services. They provide food safety solutions for many segments of the food and beverage industry.

Barron’s score: 70

#32 AGCO

AGCO manufacturers agricultural technology and machinery, including equipment for seed processing and protein production.

Barron’s score: 70

#33 Kellogg

Kellogg’s sustainability initiatives include their Breakfast for Better Days program to provide breakfast for people in need.

Barron’s score: 70

#34 International Flavors & Fragrances

International Flavors & Fragrances creates sensory experiences. Their flavors program focuses on natural, clean-label products.

Barron’s score: 69

#41 Starbucks

Starbucks has made a commitment to ethical, responsible sourcing and minimizing their environmental footprint.

Barron’s score: 69

#45 Illinois Tool Works

Illinois Tool Works manufactures a variety of industrial equipment, including for dishwashing, cooking, refrigeration, and food processing.

Barron’s score: 69

#48 McCormick

Last year at the World Economic Forum, McCormick was named the 14th most sustainable corporation in the world, and #1 in the food products industry.

Barron’s score: 68

#57 Campbell Soup

In addition to other sustainability initiatives, Campbell Soup has made a commitment to cut water consumption and greenhouse emissions in half by 2020.

Barron’s score: 68

#63 Mettler-Toledo International

Mettler-Toledo International supplies balances, scales, and other measurement and inspection devices for the food industry and beyond.

Barron’s score: 67

#69 Dover Corporation

Dover Corporation’s food industry solutions include refrigeration equipment as well as cooking and food preparation equipment for foodservice applications.

Barron’s score: 67

#72 Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison makes packaging and labeling solutions, including for food and beverage products.

Barron’s score: 66

#90 Sonoco Products

Sonoco is another packaging provider with solutions across the food and beverage industry.

Barron’s score: 65

#93 Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands is a family of quick-service restaurants that includes KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.

Barron’s score: 65

Click here to see the full rankings and the methodology Barron’s used to derive them.


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