Food & Beverage

Everything is Cool: Refrigeration Sector Reduces Energy Use

Carl Weinschenk

  It’s not surprising that refrigeration, a huge user of energy, is front and center in an era in which efficiency is the name of the game. “Energy consumption, and thus the lack of efficiency in central refrigeration systems, is increasingly becoming a focus for policy-making bodies, both in industry and at the state regulatory   …Continue Reading


Dot Foods Wins Energy Savings Award in Idaho

Carl Weinschenk

The Dot Foods’ Burley distribution center has won the Idaho Governor’s Office of Energy Resources award for implementing energy efficiency, according to MagicValley.com. The story says that the company reduced energy consumption at the facility by 9 percent between 2013 and 2014. This was done by replacing 139 metal halide light fixtures with LEDs in   …Continue Reading


Why LEDs Should Be an Essential Part of Your Efficiency Plan

Jay Black

As 2015 comes to a close and the New Year begins, organizations begin assessing budgets to search for ways to control or cut costs across the business. Energy usage is a tremendous expense in many industries, where electricity and utilities account for big dollars spent every year, so a move to more energy efficient technologies   …Continue Reading


Featured Project of the Year: Powerhouse Dynamics Saves the Bottom Line at Bertucci’s

Jennifer Hermes

This article is sponsored by Powerhouse Dynamics “A 12 month payback should be a no-brainer for most firms. It seems to be a solid low cost option for retail controls and monitoring. I like the additional ability to monitor use of individual pieces of equipment.  Most small retail systems only control HVAC and lighting so   …Continue Reading


OSI and Cascade Cut Energy Use in Food Processing Facilities

Carl Weinschenk

OSI, a food industry company, has saved more than 7,255,000 kWh in its facilities since May, 2013, according to project partner Cascade Energy. Savings of $500,000 will be realized by the end of the year. Cascade’s release says that the initial pilot program at the Oakland, IA plant included steps such as establishing measurement, tracking,   …Continue Reading


Supply Chains in Transition

Carl Weinschenk

Cutting energy and introducing renewables into the supply chain saves money, increases profits, improves the images of the companies involved and helps the environment. It sounds like a strategic direction in which any company would want to move. Companies say that they do, indeed, want to wring energy costs out of their supply chains. It   …Continue Reading


Arby’s Recognized by DoE for Energy Cuts

Carl Weinschenk

Arby’s Restaurant Group has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge program for cutting 38 percent of energy use at its flagship site in Atlanta.   The DoE story says that Arby’s was one of the first restaurants to join its Better Buildings Challenge. It has pledged to cut energy use by   …Continue Reading


Walmart Aims for 7B kWh of Renewable Energy by 2020

Carl Weinschenk

The main goal of Walmart’s drive to be 100 percent sustainable and renewable is to reduce costs and provide savings to customers, according to comments made by the company’s vice president of energy to the Arkansas Advance Energy Association (AAEA), according to The City Wire. The executive, Mark Vanderhelm, said that the interim goal is   …Continue Reading


Supermarkets Can Cut Energy Costs By Almost Half

Carl Weinschenk

A dollar saved in electricity has the same impact on the bottom line as an $18 increase in sales, according to U.S. Department of Energy figures cited in a feature at Supermarket News.   Average usage for a supermarket is 51.5 kilowatt-hours per square foot, which sets the average expenditure on refrigeration, lighting and HVAC in a   …Continue Reading


Krystal Company Restaurants Receive $64K Rebate from Georgia Power

Carl Weinschenk

The Krystal Company, a chain of restaurants, received $64,210 in rebates from Georgia Power last week. The rebate was awarded in a ceremony recognizing the completion of upgrades at 55 restaurants across Georgia. The reduction in energy use via the LEDs could cut energy use by 2.8 million kWh, according to the utility. The company   …Continue Reading