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Knouse Foods Takes Steps Toward a Brighter Tomorrow

Feb. 22, 2011

The solar panels are expected to displace more than four million kilowatt-hours of purchased electricity every year – enough to support the needs of nearly 400 homes. Solar or clean energy does not emit sulfur, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Charles Bennett

With more than 60 years of sustainable practices, Knouse Foods is dedicated to creating a brighter future. Its growers, who own the company, have spent their entire lives nurturing their orchards to provide the highest quality fruit, and rely on the environment for their livelihood. As a result, they are dedicated to its well being.

Ken Guise

Knouse Foods growers currently harvest fruit from nearly 3.3 million trees.

Five Rs

Water conservation and quality are also important parts of the program.  One particular plant has been able to save a remarkable 60,000 gallons of water per day.  Knouse Foods proudly owns and supports a trout nursery on company property in partnership with the Adams County Fish and Game Association, where the fish can be reared and then released into local streams.

Impressively, the cooperative has reduced trash volume by 80 to 90 percent annually from its potential size.  And, none of its delicious fruit goes to waste.  Small apple pieces are sent to cider mills for juice pressing or are used as cattle feed.  These and other measures enhance the company’s ability to offer high-quality products for America’s families.  

Knouse Foods has been presented with a number of awards for its responsible business practices, including a PA DEP Commercial Recycling Award, PA Governor’s Waste Minimization Award, WV DEP Environmental Stewardship Award, PA House of Representatives Citation, an Adams County (PA) Environmental Stewardship Award, and a PA Fish Commission Award.

"Our goal is simple," Guise added. "We promise to continue offering a variety of the highest-quality, most delicious products for our customers while furthering our sustainability efforts. We want people purchasing our products to feel good knowing they’re supporting a company with a commitment to bettering the future of the world around us."

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