JJ Foodservice Makes Carbon-Cutting Pledges
Andrew Crook - NFFF President
January 19, 2022

JJ Foodservice has pledged to cut its environmental footprint in 2022 by moving its total computing infrastructure to the cloud.  

Chief Technology Officer, Mick Dudley, said, “We are on a journey to migrate to cloud-based services using Microsoft Azure, which has committed to being carbon negative by 2030.”

By shifting to cloud-computing, the business will rely less on hardware and physical machines. The result is a reduction in energy use and environmental impact.

Alex Faupel, Director of Azure, Microsoft UK, said, “We are delighted to be working with JJ to support the organisation’s sustainability goals.”

Microsoft has committed to achieving four major sustainability goals by 2030 – to be carbon negative, water positive, achieve zero waste, and to protect more land than it uses.

“Through utilising Microsoft Azure, JJ can join us on this journey,” he added.  

Reducing Carbon Footprint

JJ Foodservice has already reduced total carbon emissions by 54% since 2014.

“This is a great achievement when you consider that we’ve opened three new branches in that time,” added Mick.  

Technology isn’t the only area where the business is looking to increase sustainability.

JJ will also expand its vegan and organic produce, and biodegradable-packaging offering.

Sales of vegetarian and vegan products increased by 22% over the past two years, while bio-packaging sales have surged by 86%.

“We want to continue helping our customers to eat more sustainably by offering an even wider range,” said Chief Product Officer, Sezer Ozkul.  

JJ Foodservice supplies more than 100,000 restaurants and homes with more than 3000 different products.

Last year, it was granted the Organic Food Soil Association Certificate for its Enfield, Dagenham, Sidcup, and Leeds branches.

“The combination of sustainable growth and the excellent service we are well-known for, will help us to cater for our customers for many generations to come,” said Mick.

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