Savona Foodservice proves it cares for people and the planet

Savona Foodservice reduced its carbon emissions by 26% between 2019 and 2022 across its three sites: Ilfracombe, Kidlington and London.

This figure includes a 17% decrease in vehicle emissions – the area of Savona’s business that contributes the most to its carbon footprint.

The wholesaler’s fleet now includes two 100% electric, multi-temperature lorries that deliver daily in the areas of North Devon and Oxford. It has also introduced hybrid and electric company cars and consolidated delivery routes.

Savona’s electricity emissions have decreased by 87% as a result of selecting an energy provider that uses 100% renewable energy. The wholesaler holds a British Gas Business Zero Carbon Electricity certificate.

Meanwhile, Savona’s cooling emissions actually increased by 61% between 2019 and 2022 due to a leakage in ageing equipment and outdated refrigerant. It has since replaced this with more efficient resources.

Director Kelly Williams commented: “We are facing a stark reality – we either do something about eradicating carbon emissions or we risk causing irreparable damage to the planet.

“Savona has been taking positive steps since 2018 when we made the decision to remove single-use plastics from our range. We have come a long way since then, with latest data detailing how we have reduced emissions by 26%.

“With the introduction of groundbreaking 100% electric vans to our fleet and working with fuel partners on projects to offset emissions we are on track to achieve our target of net zero.”

The wholesaler has focused on reducing waste in all areas of its business and has a number of measures in place to support its employees (see below) and communities.

By August 2024 it will have installed solar panels at both its Ilfracombe and Kidlington sites. It is also continuing to work with sustainable manufacturers and it is partnering with its fuel provider to invest in nature-based projects to offset fuel emissions from its operation.

Savona supports its staff

• All employees have access to Hospitality Action, a confidential support line offering free financial, health and legal advice, with the cost covered by Savona.

• Savona is an accredited Living Wage employer. In addition, all staff received a hardship payment to contribute to the rising cost of living.

• Savona holds the Disability Confident Committed Certificate, meaning that its recruitment process is inclusive and accessible.

• To encourage healthy eating and positive mental health, Savona provides fresh fruit on weekly basis to all staff.

• As well as first aid trained staff, Savona has employees trained in Mental Health First Aid.

• Savona offers flexible working, free uniform, free eye tests, life assurance, a Refer a Friend scheme, and rewards longstanding employees with Long Service Recognition.

• Savona seeks and encourages internal career progression and has a successful ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ scheme, which offers its warehouse team the opportunity to train and qualify as drivers. This scheme is fully funded by Savona to harness and embrace ambition from within. It also conducts a leadership and development training programme to further enhance the skills and knowledge of its team.


Published Date: May 15, 2023
Category: Wholesale Industry News