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Martin Brower DCs Employs EMS

The Martin-Brower Company L.L.C. announced that its environmental management system enabled the quick service food distributer to achieved ISO 14001 certification in 14 of its US distribution centers with the remaining four US operations set to be certified in 2013.

A global distributor of food and service products for McDonald’s restaurants, Martin Brower created and implemented an environmental management system to identify waste reduction opportunities and improve energy efficiency practices in all of its facilities and across all of its operations in the US.

“We applaud Martin Brower’s efforts in incorporating sustainability goals into their business and investing in the systems to manage, measure, and continuously improve operations. This achievement is a demonstration of their leadership within our supplier community. Their work helps us create a more sustainable supply chain that delivers value to our customers and our business.” Susan Forsell, McDonald's vice president, quality systems.

Brian Hancock, Martin Brower North America President, said, “Our sustainability efforts began years ago, but our greatest improvements did not happen until we deployed a consistent environmental standard for all of our operations and opened ourselves up to external audits. Through the findings of the separate ISO 14001 audits at each center we were able to make improvements to our Environmental Management System (EMS) resulting in tremendous reductions in the amount of resources we use and the amount of waste we generate.”

“Martin Brower has taken the industry lead in best environmental practice,” comments Cem Onus, of DEKRA Certification, Inc.. "By adopting environmental standards, companies like Martin Brower will gain competitive advantage and protect the brands of the product they distribute, since consumers increasingly demand the highest ethical standards in an age of rising raw material prices and concern for the environment. We encourage all supply chain operations to become ISO 14001 certified.”

  • Martin Brower Harriman, NY distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2010
  • Martin Brower Conroe, TX distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2011
  • Martin Brower Dallas Ft. Worth, TX distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2011
  • Martin Brower Orlando, FL distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2011
  • Martin Brower Pompano Beach, FL distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2011
  • Martin Brower Atlanta, GA distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Dickson, TN distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Enfield, CT distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Fridley, MN distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Mason City, IA distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower North Little Rock, AR distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Stockton, CA distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Salt Lake City, UT distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012
  • Martin Brower Valley Forge, PA distribution center ISO 14001 Certified in 2012

“We’ve deployed an Environmental Policy, Environmental Management System (EMS) and an Environmental Scorecard in all 18 of our US distribution centers. The combination of these sustainability tools and the ISO 14001 audits will ensure that we meet our goals of continuous green house gas emission reductions and zero waste operations,” said, Brian Hancock, Martin Brower North America President.

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