Taking food waste from landfill

Vanguard Renewables announces Massachusetts-based 88 Acres joins the Farm Powered Sustainability Heroes Program to eliminate food waste from landfill

Vanguard Renewables is proud to announce that 88 Acres is the latest New England food and beverage manufacturer to join the Farm Powered Sustainability Heroes Program (FPSH) in the fight against food waste.

The program brings New England-based companies together to collaborate on eliminating food waste from landfills. By recycling it into renewable energy on regional dairy farms via Farm Powered® anaerobic digestion.

88 Acres joins New England Natural Bakers, Fancypants Baking Co., Sloop Brewing Co., and CFE Seafoods. Collectively, they have a shared mission to redirect food waste and fight climate change. Therefore, helping to support dairy farmers across the region.

Neil H. Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard Renewables, stated:

“Food waste in the United States is one of the leading greenhouse gas emitters. As such, we are thrilled to work with companies like 88 Acres who understand that their waste has a higher purpose. Additionally, 88 Acres knows that its unavoidable food waste from the manufacturing process doesn’t have to end up at a landfill or incinerator. It can be repurposed to create renewable energy and we are excited it’s joining our Farm Powered mission.”

Nicole Ledoux and her husband Rob Dalton launched 88 Acres in 2015.

After meeting on Match.com, and on their fourth date, Rob had an allergic reaction that sent him to the hospital. Subsequently, this event pushed Nicole into the kitchen to help ensure that they didn’t spend another date in the same fashion. Today, their team of nearly 100 local employees makes delicious food that everyone can enjoy. 88 Acres began as a love story between two people and has grown to encompass a passionate community brought together by the power of great food.

Nicole Ledoux, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, 88 Acres, stated:

 “Our story began in our tiny basement apartment. We wanted to create a high-quality product that would be safe for families with loved ones with allergies to nuts. Our commitment to the environment and sourcing ingredients in an environmentally friendly way was crucial to our business plan. Joining the FPSH is another step in our commitment to sustainability.”