LEADING INDUSTRY SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH INNOVATION
With consumers increasingly interested in the sustainability of their food, the food manufacturing industry are looking to adopt more sustainable practices throughout the supply chain.
Northwest Hazelnut Company embraced that ideology and turned it into a competitive advantage. By investing in energy efficiency and solar power, they become the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered hazelnut processing plant — producing all of its own energy onsite from a clean, renewable source.
The World’s First 100% Solar Powered Hazelnut Processing Plant
Northwest Hazelnut turned that pressure into a competitive advantage by investing in energy efficiency and solar power to become the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered hazelnut processing plant — producing all of its own energy onsite from a clean, renewable source.
Hazelnuts are Low-Impact With Environmental Benefits
Our industry embodies the ecofriendly vibe for which Oregon is known. Hazelnut trees have a low impact on the land and provide environmental benefits. Not only do they require less water, sequester more carbon, and reduce soil erosion and nitrogen pollution, they also serve as a riparian buffer – filtering harmful chemicals from ground water before it flows into Oregon’s streams and rivers.
Hazelnut trees’ gentle and enduring footprint translate into an earth-friendly, high bioenergy production value per acre. Hazelnut trees can produce quality nuts for 80-100 years if cared for properly.
Once harvested, hazelnuts arrive at our 100% solar-powered processing plant, the first of its kind in the world when it opened in 2017. From planting to processing, our sustainability milestones set the industry standard and ensure an environmentally friendly harvest that allows Willamette Valley orchards to thrive and prosper. (Source: Arbor Day Foundation)