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Gills Onions LLC


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All about onions - Gills Onions: Sustainability, Zero Waste, Food Industry, Food Safety, Energy , Recycling, Green, Geela Awards, MC Donald\\\\’s, Onions, Fresh Cut, Innovation, Climate Registry, American Council of Engineering Companies, Green California Leadership Awards, Green California, Dirty Jobs, Energy Solutions Center

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Gills Onions LLC

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  2. 2. History<br />Family farming operation established in Ventura County in late 1800's<br />Rio Farms established in 1979<br />Gills Onions launched in 1983 in Oxnard, California<br />
  3. 3. Farming<br />Grown by sister company Rio Farms<br />Proprietary seed varieties<br />Only highest quality U.S. number one yellow and red onions<br />Consistent quality and supply<br />Diverse growing regions throughout California<br />Stable Pricing<br />Year-round availability<br />
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  7. 7. Processing<br />Processed from a 95,000 square foot operation<br />Peel and process 90,000 tons annually<br />Proprietary operating equipment<br />Efficient, productive and environmentally sensitive<br />In-house high tech food safety lab<br />
  8. 8. Processing<br />Sophisticated tracking system allowing us to follow an onion from seed all the way to the customer’s door<br />Microbial testing for quality and safety<br />AIB certified superior<br />Kosher certified<br />
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  11. 11. Food SafetyProgram<br />
  12. 12. Company Focus<br />One focus - Onions!<br />Time and money aving convenience<br />Provide highest quality, US number one, yellow and red hybrid onions<br />Strict quality control<br />Seamless growing and processing<br />
  13. 13. Retail Products<br />Retail onions placed in clear square cups giving retailer most efficient use of space<br />Cups feature peelable lid and snap resealable cover which seals in aroma and locks in freshness<br />Washed and ready to use<br />100% usable<br />No preservatives or additives<br />
  14. 14. Products: Retail<br />Diced Yellow Onions<br />Diced Red Onions<br />Sliced Red Onions<br />Diced Celery & Onions<br />Sweet Sliced Yellow Onions<br />Organic Diced Yellow Onions<br />Holiday Size Diced Celery & Onions<br />
  15. 15. Products: Foodservice <br />Whole Peeled<br />Sliced<br />Diced<br />Slivered<br />Rings<br />
  16. 16. Sustainability and Innovation: Zero Waste Strategy<br />
  17. 17. What does Sustainability mean to us?<br />Staying business by being profitable<br />Preserve, conserve and use our resources efficiently<br />Take responsibility for our environmental impact<br />Taking care of our employees and the community<br />
  18. 18. What does Sustainability mean to us?<br />Generating 300,000 lbs of onion waste on a daily basis<br />Waste was becoming unmanageable and cost prohibitive<br />Look at waste not as a liability but as a resource<br />“Necessity is the Mother of Invention” – Plato<br />
  19. 19. Onion Waste-to-Energy<br />Converts onion waste to renewable energy, ultra clean biogas & cattle feed<br />30,000 gallons of juice and 20 tons of onion cake are produced per day.<br />
  20. 20. Fuel Cells Help Meet Gills Waste & Energy Goals<br />Improves energy efficiencies, reduces costs of waste disposal<br />Satisfies 95% of Gills base load requirements<br />Meets goals for Air Quality, Zero Waste, and Renewable Energy<br />
  21. 21. Zero Waste Strategies for Gills Onions’ Sustainable Innovation and Waste Management<br />What is Zero Waste?<br />Why are businesses interested in Zero Waste?<br />Zero Waste is good for business and the environment.<br />
  22. 22. Methodology<br />Establish baselines<br />Analyze resource consumption<br />Develop strategies to reduce, reuse, recycle<br />
  23. 23. Resource Categories<br />Onions Energy Material Water<br />
  24. 24. The Climate Registry<br />Allows us to measure our energy sources and emissions<br />Gills Onions became one of 243 founding members in 2008<br />Why we Joined:<br />Risk Management<br />Develop a baseline from which we can document our improvements over the years<br />Recognition/Validation as an environmental leader in our industry<br />
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