Mike Sammons was appointed to the role of National Sustainability Manager with Foodstuffs NZ in September 2012. With over 20 years’ experience, working in the environmental planning and sustainability area, he has previously held appointments in the UK, Australia and New Zealand in both the public and private sector. Mike has worked on a diverse range of projects through his career ranging from the Greenwich O2 Arena development in London’s docklands, nature conservation initiatives in England and Australia to helping to expand the UK recycling sector and more recently in the areas of environmental foot-printing and life cycle analysis in New Zealand.
Mike is currently leading projects on Sustainable Packaging, Waste Minimisation and Energy Efficiency and says there is significant momentum building within the Foodstuffs business at both corporate and store level around sustainability and resource efficiency. In 2016, on behalf of Foodstuffs NZ, Mike received the Green Ribbon Award for innovation in sustainable packaging from the Ministry for the Environment and the Best Commercial Project Award from the waste industry for delivering waste diversion rates of over 90% in stores. In 2017 Mike successfully bid for EECA funding to trial 28 electric vans in stores around the country.