Unilever scoops first LEED certified ice cream factory
Global FMCG giant Unilever has opened its first LEED certified ice cream factory. The site in Konya, Turkey reuses rain and surface water, recovers heat, and is zero-non-hazardous-waste-to-landfill by design.
The factory, which will produce renowned brands such as Cornetto, Max and Twister, is Unilever’s 35th ice cream factory globally, and will be the model for all future Heartbrand factories around the world.
Pier Luigi Sigismondi, Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, said: “Turkey is an important growth market for Unilever. We have a long history in the country – having been in business there for almost 100 years and opened our first factory in 1952. Today, Konya has become our eighth manufacturing site in the country, as we continue to invest in growing our Turkish and regional business. This new factory is a testament to our commitment to drive sustainable growth and make more people smile with our ice creams.”
Ice cream produced in Konya will be for domestic use, but also to export to the Middle East and North Africa. Current annual production capacity is 80 million litres, with the option to expand to 200 million litres.