Source: Puratos

Puratos Group has launched a service providing life-cycle assessments (LCAs) of its products to help customers gauge the sustainability of their supply chains.

LCAs measure the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle, from the sourcing of all raw materials and resources to end of life. Each part of the supply chain is analysed, providing information on the product’s environmental impact.

Puratos has partnered with LCA specialist Yukan to analyse the ingredients using global environmental impact assessment tool Glimpact, which applies the product environmental footprint (PEF) method measuring 16 impact categories including climate change, water scarcity and land use.

“As a responsible food ingredients company, our aim is to help our customers cater for increasing appetite for more sustainably sourced food, while also supporting the eco-systems of the communities we work in and with,” said Laurent Thomé, global sustainability manager for Puratos.

The rollout of LCA initiative will reach the entire Puratos product portfolio, beginning with core products from its Plant Forward range of plant-based dairy, egg and butter replacement solutions.

LCA studies by Puratos showed the environmental impact of Sunset Glaze, its egg wash alternative, was 59% lower than pasteurised eggs, while butter alternative Mimetic had an environmental impact three times lower than dairy butter; according to Puratos, the analysis indicates that switching from dairy butter to Mimetic could cut one tonne of CO2 emissions.

Belcolade Selection M Plant-Based Cacao-Trace, the company’s recently launched ‘milk-alike’ plant-based chocolate, has also been assessed, with the dairy-free, nut-free chocolate found to have a 13% lower environmental impact than the dairy milk equivalent.

“The high level of transparency, traceability and credibility offered by LCA testing means that customers can fully trust that the sustainability claims made on their packaged products can be substantiated, which is of great value to both customer and consumer,” Thomé said.