Mondelez Kinh Do and Mondelez International’s Sustainable Futures supports circular economy business models by funding social enterprise Green Connect’s project “Upcycle food waste into free-range chickens and eggs”

HCMC, July 2022 – Mondelez Kinh Do and Green Connect have signed MOU on partnership of “Upcycle food waste into free-range chickens and eggs” project. Aiming to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer for plants and produce feed that serves as an abundant source of protein for livestock, poultry and aquatic products, the project is carried out in 2022 – 2023 with total budget of USD 30,000 funded by Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam and Mondelez International’s Sustainable Futures.

Organic waste generated by restaurants, schools, industrial kitchens and wholesale agricultural markets currently accounts for 75% of total waste nationwide. These leftovers and by-products at the end of the day will be discarded in garbage bags and collected by the environmental sanitation services or urban environmental companies, then burned or buried, causing a huge of energy waste and environmental pollution. The need to find a sustainable solution that focuses on upcycling food waste rather than simple disposal for landfills has therefore become essential more than ever.

As a solution, the social enterprise Green Connect has applied digital and bio technology to solve sustainability issues in agriculture and environment and Larva Yum - a project that uses black soldier fly larvae to process organic waste into nutrient-rich organic fertilizer - is one of its initiatives. The Larva Yum project can help:

  • Reduce organic waste generated in Ho Chi Minh City, particularly by restaurants in the city through food waste collection and applying an innovative model in which the waste is fermented with probiotics then feeded black soldier fly larvae. The outputs will be larvae, frass and larval extracts.
  • Create free-range chicken and eggs from black soldier fly larvae and herb, bran, corn fermented with probiotics.
  • Create a strong message about the environment, organic waste, sustainable agriculture, and become a model of organic waste treatment for people, especially the young generations, to follow thereby helping raise their awareness of environmental sustainability.

Through this partnership, Mondelez Kinh Do and Mondelez International’s Sustainable Futures provides a seed funding of USD 30,000 for Green Connect to develop the project. With the fund, Green Connect is expected to increase its waste treatment capacity from 500 kg/day to 30 tons/day (equivalent to 5,400 tons in the second half of 2022), as a result enables to produce 3,000 - 5,000 free-range chicken eggs per day and helps reduce the cost of free-cage eggs. The project also allows Green Connect to collect food waste from Mondelez Kinh Do's Binh Duong plant with a volume from 5 tons per month for processing into animal feed.

As an enterprise pursuing sustainable growth, Mondelez Kinh Do has made constant efforts to promote environmental impact reduction and waste treatment. We support the sustainable model of Green Connect's Larva Yum project to help our partner achieve their goal of waste recycling. This meaningful project will also contribute to promoting the circular economy, help to create long-term value for businesses, the environment, the society, and more importantly, help us to reach Mondelez Kinh Do’s long-term goal of becoming a sustainable snacking company in Vietnam”, said Mr. Bui Khanh Nguyen, Country Manager, Corporate and Government Affairs, Mondelez Kinh Do Vietnam.

Mr. Huynh Hanh Phuc, CEO and Founder of Green Connect, shared: “I have faith in the fact that the use of more cage-free chicken eggs in its production will inspire many other factories and chicken farms to follow in Vietnam. The Larva Yum project is expected to inspire many local movements to upcycle trash into more valuable materials via circular economy approach.”

As part of Mondelez International, Mondelez Kinh Do follows the corporation’s approach to ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) that is designed to enable the company to deliver lasting change at scale by prioritizing where it can have the greatest impact, focusing on innovative and measurable solutions. The company has built an action plan to realize its sustainable strategies of ESG across key areas, including:

  • Design 100% recyclable and reusable packaging across its product portfolio by 2025. Today, 95% of Mondelez Kinh Do’s total packaging, including both plastic and non-plastic, is recyclable and reusable. 95% packages of Kinh Do's mooncake products are made from kraft paper and 100% mooncake trays made from recycled PET plastic;
  • Continue to convert global manufacturing electricity footprint to renewable energy;
  • Start replacing thermal fuels (e.g., natural gas, diesel, gasoline) with “green” alternatives;
  • Implement water and food waste reduction across the supply chain;
  • Improve efficiency of distribution networks by optimizing routes, improving truck & container utilization, increasing intermodal solutions and reducing traveled distances.

With commitment to sustainable business growth in Vietnam, Mondelez Kinh Do was listed in VCCI Top 100 sustainable companies in 2021 (based on the Corporate Sustainability Index  - CSI), Top 10 Reputable Food Companies for three consecutive years (2019 – 2021) announced by Vietnam Report in collaboration with VietnamNet; Amcham HCM Cares Award 2021, and Best-practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs awarded by Amcham Hanoi for four consecutive years.


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