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RECYCLED & RECYCLABLE

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Vertical Integration/Closing the Waste Streams

Hickman’s Family Farms is shaking a tail feather when it comes to our commitment to sustainability. From how we develop, produce and market our products to how we care and respect our hens, land and environment in which we operate, we are dedicated to closing waste streams through extreme vertical integration, including:

  • Buildings that are strategically aligned to take advantage of prevailing wind patterns, thereby using less energy to maintain optimum interior climates year-round.
  • Utilizing natural lighting in new buildings and retrofitting existing structures to reduce electrical usage during the daytime hours of operation.
  • Eliminating the use of 16 trucks, traveling 160 miles, 365 days per year through our family owned and operated feed mill.

Cage Free

While our eggs may sometimes have a bit of the devil in them, how we treat our hens is purely angelic… because Hickman’s Family Farms is proud to be part of the American Humane CertifiedTM program, which helps assure our flocks are raised humanely and under the protections established by American Humane. Free to roam and flock, the hens that produce Hickman’s cage-free eggs happily live in a fresh air environment where they are protected from predators. To learn more, please visit www.AmericanHumane.org.


PET Packaging - Recycled and Recyclable

We want to be transparent with you here… we love recycling! That’s why we don’t put our eggs in just any basket. We are the first and only egg producer packaging our eggs in polyethylene terephthalate, known commonly as “PET”, the clear plastic used for water and soda bottle containers. PET is recognized as a safe, non-toxic, strong, lightweight, flexible material that is 100 percent recyclable. In fact, it’s the most widely recycled plastic in the world. Almost every municipal recycling program in the United States accepts PET packaging and recycling of thermoformed PET containers is gaining momentum. Hickman’s wants to keep that trend going.

For more information about the highly successful use of recycled plastic to make containers for Hickman’s eggs, please visit www.globalpetinc.com.


Water Conservation

Yes, we can be hard boiled, but that doesn’t mean we use a lot of H2O in the process. Through innovation, Hickman’s Family Farms is using fewer natural resources to produce the freshest local eggs. Specifically, our water usage to produce a dozen eggs has been reduced by one-third. And even though we are using less water, our hens’ egg production has increased by 27% – and they are living longer, healthier, happier lives.


ROBOTICS

Robots make hard tasks easier for us mere humans, while reducing packaging waste and ensuring we don’t crack up. At Hickman’s, we love our robots so much, we’ve actually named them. Meet the most technologically advanced members of our team:

 

Big Bill & Big Bill Full Throttle

  • Prevents team members from having to lift 600 cases every hour for ten-hour shifts.
  • Gently transports finished product, reducing breakage.
  • Reduces electric transport device movement and satisfies noise abatement.
  • Reduces workers’ lower back strains and upper body and trunk injuries.

Shrinky

  • Uses the minimal amount of plastic to stabilize pallets for movement.
  • Reduces the shipping department use of pallet wrap for stabilization.
  • Eliminates the need for staff to go in circles for 10 hours per day.

The MOBA machines

  • Reduce energy consumption by 66%.
  • Substantially reduces water usage.
  • Decreases shell breakage.

Lucy & Her Sisters

  • Place eggs gently in cases.
  • Increase productivity while reducing product breakage.
  • Reduce hand and arm injuries, as well as back strain and pain.
  • Prevent eggs backing up and breaking.

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