At Deli Star Corporation, we take great pride in our responsibility to maintaining the environment for the benefit of our employees, our business, our supplier farms and the communities in which we operate. We are dedicated to not only minimizing negative impacts on land, water and air but also to actively pursuing ways to positively impact our environment by partnering with suppliers that align with our vision. Below is a collection of our promises to sustainability that you will receive when using Deli Star products.
Our operations as well as our protein suppliers require the use of natural resources, including soil, water and crops, and they also create waste and other byproducts. Our people are always searching for ways to ensure we use them responsibly and in a renewable way. We are also committed to conserving natural resources where possible.
• Biodiesel Energy Creation
• Natural Fertilizer
• Energy Conservation
• Soil Conservation
• Water Conservation
• Air Quality Conservation
We have strict supplier regulations in which our suppliers have environmental programs which govern how they purchase land and how they build and operate their farms and plants. They design their environmental policies to ensure our operations meet or exceed all applicable environmental requirements.
• Employee Training
• Whole Farm Environmental Audits
• Farm Mapping
• Wildlife Habitat
Waste management is an important component of our environmental stewardship efforts, and we are always working to reduce or repurpose our waste even more.
• Animal Waste
• Biohazard Waste
The Deli Star Simple Promise Learning Trail is an expansion project that exemplifies our commitment to food education and sustainability. The trail offers many different educational stations that give insights into a more sustainable food cycle. Some of the stations include an employee garden, a native plant restoration area, and a shipping container that has been up-cycled into a restaurant. Below are just a few of the stops avialable on the trail.
The Employee Garden was originally created as part of Deli Star’s Employee Wellness Program and is now used to provide fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onions, peppers, herbs, and other produce for the Simple Promise Kitchen and Fermentory. Our mission is to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life of all Deli Star employees by empowering people to promote and model positive attitudes and behaviors through a lifelong commitment to wellness. The garden not only provides an opportunity to reconnect with nature, friends, and coworkers, but also exemplifies our commitment to a self-contained food system.
It’s initial purpose was to ship food around the world and now is used to house the Simple Promise Kitchen and Fermentory. Repurposed in 2017, the shipping container serves our employees and guests high protein meats with fresh vegetables and herbs from the Employee Garden. What better way to promote our culture and purpose: “To Discover New and Better Ways to Produce Health, Happiness, and the Joy of Food.”
The Fayetteville water tower was built in 1997 and holds 125,000 gallons of water. The Kaskaskia River water is treated in Mascoutah by the SLM Water Commission and supplies water to the Fayetteville water tower. This water is useful for Deli Star production, as well as in the Simple Promise Kitchen and Fermentory. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe.
Insects account for the vast majority of plant pollination which yields the fruit, nuts, and vegetables that we enjoy. In turn, native plants sustain a largely unseen and under appreciated population of insect pollinators which are critical for maintaining our food security. Restoring native plant communities in the landscape is a necessary part of a happy and healthy future of food. Native grasses, sedges, trees, forbs, etc., can provide excellent pollinator habitat and contribute to biodiversity and sustainability.
Did you know pollinators are more than just honey bees? The honey bee is the most commonly thought of pollinator, but there are a whole host of insects that do the heavy lifting of plant fertilization; including, butterflies, hummingbirds, mosquitoes, beetles, wasps, and moths. As insects search blooms for nectar, they pick up pollen and distribute it to neighboring flowers. Thus, fertilizing the plant to produce future generations.