Australia’s Fenn Foods, best known for its VEEF range of meat alternatives, has become the country’s first plant-based food producer to be certified carbon-neutral.
vEEF plant-based mince was the first of Fenn’s products to be certified in 2018. Two years later, Fenn told Vezeconomist that it aims to eventually become carbon-neutral for all products and the company as a whole — a goal that has now been achieved.
To become certified, Fenn Foods’ ingredients, products, packaging, practices and even the transportation of its employees had to be rigorously audited by the Carbon Reduction Institute. Fenn then purchased accredited carbon offsets to offset all potential emissions.
Sustainable meat alternatives
Fenn Foods offers a range of retail products including burgers, meatballs and chicken options under the vEEF brand. A selection of vEEF products are also available for food service.
In February last year, Fenn raised $3 million in an additional subscribed private capital raise, saying it would use the funds to meet growing demand and expand internationally. In Australia, the company has partnered with meal kit brand Hello Fresh and prepared food manufacturer Flave.
“I am very proud to announce that Fenn Foods is now certified carbon neutral. Many Australians are choosing to eat plant-based foods for the environmental impact and their health, but now they can do better and buy from locally owned businesses that are completely carbon-neutral. Even better, our products are delicious, versatile and easy to prepare,” says Alejandro Cancino, chef and co-founder of Fenn Foods.