The Coca-Cola Company has enrolled over 1 million acre of its U.S. corn supply in Field to Market’s Continuous Improvement Accelerator, assisting farmers via locally-led conservation projects across the company’s major sourcing locales. The company’s projects in the Accelerator make use of Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform, a pioneering sustainable agriculture platform that permits farmers and the value chain to measure the environmental influences of commodity crop production and recognize rooms for continuous amelioration.

The company hit 1 million acre milestone in total—which surpasses 100% of its annual U.S. corn supply—at the end of 2020, with assistance from four primary suppliers: Tate & Lyle, Cargill, ADM and Ingredion. Corn is used to manufacture high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), an ingredient in several beverages in the company’s portfolio. This fulfills a commitment made to the White House and Walmart in 2014.

Corn growers feed data into the Fieldprint Platform tool to analyze farming decisions associated with biodiversity, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, irrigated water use, land use, soil carbon, soil conservation and water quality.

Jon Radtke, director of water and agriculture sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company’s North America Operating Unit stated- “The quality and integrity of our products depends on a healthy supply chain with successful and thriving farming communities and ecosystems. We’re working with our suppliers and partners to create systemic change in our agricultural supply chain by promoting sustainable agricultural practices and building supplier capabilities to meet the standards for human and workplace rights, environmental protection and responsible farm management set out in our Principles of Sustainable Agriculture (PSA).”

Earlier known as Sustainable Agriculture Guiding Principles (SAGP), the PSA depict the latest science and external stakeholder perspectives and are dependent on environmental, social and economic criteria.

Coca-Cola is a founding member of Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder association of food and beverage companies, NGOs, commodity growers, agribusinesses and public sector partners devoted to defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of commodity crop production. The partnerships, and commitment to the Fieldprint Platform, are in line with the company’s PSA.

“Our engagement with Field to Market is a key step in our sustainable agriculture journey. These insights help us understand where we are from an impact standpoint and benchmark against our peers and national/state/county averages, as well as what we need to focus on to improve,” added Radtke.

Joe Maguire, global sustainable procurement director at The Coca-Cola Company apprised- “We give full credit not only to our suppliers, who have gone above and beyond in their engagement, but also to the growers who are analysing their data because they recognise the value in improving the long-term sustainability of the world’s corn supply. In addition to using data from the Field to Market Fieldprint Platform to drive continuous improvement throughout our agricultural supply chain, we will relay insights to many of our customers.”

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