We pay particular attention to our impact on the environment to offer a concrete contribution to the development of a sustainable future. We monitor the performance of our plants and ensure that our suppliers are made aware of topics regarding efficiency, energy saving and water consumption, providing them with guidelines regarding the optimum use of raw materials.

  • 2011 Endorsement of the Biocopac project on research and innovative packaging.
  • 2011 100% renewable energy for the Cermenate (Como) plant.
  • 2012 Obtainment of ISO 14001 environmental certification for the Quimper plant (France).
  • 2013 Environmental impact study ( LCA ) on Tuna in olive oil and Salmon Fillets.

Our 4 guiding principles

Our environmental

Given the long, complex nature of our supply chain, which starts in oceans across the world, our environmental sustainability must keep account, not only of impacts generated by our two plants in Italy and France, but also of those of the entire supply chain.

Plant performance

Since 2011, the Cermenate plant has used certified electric energy "mainly hydroelectric" originating from renewable sources. Within a framework of improving environmental impact, starting from 2015, the same procurement policy will also be extended to the Quimper plant.

Il consumo dell'acqua
  • 2011m315.85
  • 2012m315.00
  • 2013m314.75
  • 2014m313.45
Unit of measurement M3/ton

Water consumption

Pondered average of water consumption used at Bolton Alimentari plants to achieve one unit of finished product.

Over the last four years, we have reduced average water consumption from 15.85 m3 to 13.45 m3. Furthermore, we are also working towards implementing several innovative technologies already used in other fields, to substitute by 100% - the water used to defrost ingredients. All of this has been made possible thanks to a Research and Development project and our partnership with the Stazione Sperimentale Industria Conserve Alimentari in Parma

Waste management

  • 99,8%
    99,8% Waste recovered at the Cermenate Plant (Italy), in 2014
  • 97%
    96% Waste recovered at the Quimper Plant, in 2014

Environmental impact

Environmental impact
by comparison

Rio Mare
Tuna 80g
Half a litre
of milk

The environmental impact of a can of classic Rio Mare Tuna is 540g of CO2 eq, less than that generated to produce half a litre of milk (720g C02 eq)2

Source: Life Cycle Assessment Bolton Alimentari and http://visualization.geblogs.com/visualization/co2/


44 tons

of tin plate saved each year, equal to the weight of about 40 utilitarian vehicles

Over the years, together with our suppliers, we have made every effort to improve performance in the field of packaging. Our commitment is focused on reducing the thicknesses of packaging materials, thus generating a significant reduction in the use of raw materials.


100% the benefits of our packaging: total protection against oxygen, gas, light, humidity and other contaminants, thus guaranteeing a perishability rate of close to zero.



-10.6% Reduction of emissions per ton of product transported between 2011 and 2014

The next

Responsible Quality therefore implies paying maximum attention to all production processes by monitoring different environmental impacts across the supply chain and searching for viable solutions to minimize them.

Our 9 commitments