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May 15, 2024

Wyman’s receives inaugural award for sustainability from ClimateWork Maine

Photo / Tom Bell Tony Shurman, Wyman’s president and CEO, left, receives the inaugural Climate Performance Award from ClimateWork Maine founder Alan Caron.

Wyman's, the Milbridge-based producer of wild blueberries and blueberry products, has been named the first recipient of ClimateWork Maine's Climate Performance Award.

ClimateWork Maine says the award is intended to recognize organizations that champion climate change action. Nominees were evaluated based on their contributions to mitigating the effects of climate change and for fostering a greener economy.

The award was presented last Thursday by the nonprofit at its second annual Summit on Maine’s Economy and Climate Change.

Wyman's stood out among the nominees not just for its products and services, but also for driving sustainable growing practices and proactively integrating solar energy into its operations, according to ClimateWork Maine.

“Wyman’s is an iconic Maine brand with a product — wild blueberries — that is emblematic of our beautiful state,” said Jeff Marks, executive director of ClimateWork Maine, in a news release.

“We were particularly excited to hear that the company partnered with another business leader, ReVision Energy, to incorporate solar energy into their operations and sustainable growing practices. Business actions to meet climate goals is essential to climate mitigation and adaptation solutions.”

Tony Shurman, Wyman’s president and CEO, said, "Receiving the inaugural Climate Performance Award is a tremendous honor for Wyman’s. This recognition echoes our ethos to do the right thing and continually seek a better way, and epitomizes our ongoing mission to ensure we continue to provide healthy fruit for another 150 years and beyond.”

Established in 1874, Wyman's is a fourth-generation family-owned company. It is the oldest of Maine’s six major wild blueberry processors and one of the leading wild blueberry growers, processors and marketers worldwide. Wyman's processes, freezes and packages wild blueberries from thousands of acres of its own land in Washington County and in partnership with local growers around the state.

ClimateWork Maine is a statewide coalition of businesses and business leaders looking to take action to address the challenges of climate change and to seize opportunities it may provide.

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