Chick-fil-A just partnered with an Irving company to turn its chicken grease into fuel

Chick-fil-A will supply Irving-headquartered Darling Ingredients with its delicious chicken grease — not for human consumption but for fuel.

Darling Ingredients’ core business is producing specialty ingredients like blood plasma, collagen, animal hides and bone-based protein that are needed to make products including pet food, soaps, leather and other consumer products.

The company is also part of a joint venture with Valero called Diamond Green Diesel that turns waste fat into renewable fuel that releases fewer emissions than fossil fuels. For the past several years, Darling Ingredients has been turning hundreds of millions of pounds of food manufacturing byproducts such as chicken grease and other fats into alternative fuels.