Food & Beverage

General Mills: We’ll Invest $100M to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Carl Weinschenk

General Mills will invest more than $100 million in energy efficiency and clean energy across its business – “from farm to fork to landfill,” in the company’s words – during the next ten years. The goal is to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent in ten years. Steps will take include investing more than $100   …Continue Reading


LEDs on the Menu for Florida Restaurant Chain

Carl Weinschenk

Amaize, the flagship of a planned restaurant chain in Florida, is developing energy-saving designs for use throughout its new locations. The Latin-inspired gourmet chain worked with Conexsol, a Miami-based distributor and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm. The company, which specializes in improving profitability through energy efficiency, recommended that Amaize use LEDs from ReneSola. The subsequent retrofit included   …Continue Reading


EnTouch Controls Raises $6M in Series C Funding

Linda Hardesty

Energy management firm EnTouch Controls closed the initial round of a $6 million Series C financing. Investors in the company include Trailblazer Capital, SJF Ventures and NRG Energy. The company, which provides energy management as a service (EMaaS) to restaurant and retail companies, says it acquired more than 1,000 customer locations in the first half   …Continue Reading


Dunkin’ Donuts Distributor Updates with LEDs

Linda Hardesty

National DCP, the purchasing cooperative that serves more than 7,000 Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise owners, tapped Energy Source of Providence, Rhode Island, for a facility lighting redesign to save energy. The project at National DCP, which took about 5 weeks to complete, consisted of the removal of inefficient high intensity fluorescents and a schematic re-design and   …Continue Reading


Business Services Firm Adds Energy Management to its Offerings

Linda Hardesty

Quatrro Business Support Services signed a strategic partnership agreement with GridPoint to target small and medium businesses with energy management. Quatrro will act as a referral partner by offering GridPoint’s energy management system to its customers in the restaurant, retail, automotive, healthcare and hospitality space. With this partnership, Quatrro will be able to offer its   …Continue Reading


Demand Response for Restaurants, Retail

Linda Hardesty

EnTouch Controls launched the Advanced Peak Energy Management service to enable restaurant and retail facilities to reduce monthly energy spending by curtailing the amount of energy used during peak demand hours. Peak demand occurs during the highest point of consumption, and often lasts for a half hour or more during the day, says EnTouch. The   …Continue Reading


Optimizing Steam, Utilities Efficiency in Food and Beverage

Karen Henry

There are a number of strategies plant operators can use to optimize steam power and other plant utilities in the food and beverage industry, according to an article on the Food Processing website. Accurate flow measurements result in reduced operating costs. However, monitoring and controlling steam flow can be challenging at low flow rates. When   …Continue Reading


Cheese Factory Installs Anaerobic Digestion

Linda Hardesty

British anaerobic digestion (AD) company Clearfleau has finished the first stage in a project for First Milk, one of the UK’s largest cheese makers. Once operational, the First Milk AD plant will feed bio-methane into the gas grid – the first dairy processing site in Europe to do so. Lake District Biogas (LDB), a company   …Continue Reading


Solar Hot Water Washes Thousands of Dishes for Chinese Buffett

Linda Hardesty

The EPA conducted a case study of the energy consumption of the BuffetAsia restaurant chain at its three locations in Las Vegas, which installed solar water heating systems to help defray the costs of washing as many as 20,000 dinner plates each day. The restaurants will save more than $300 each month on their energy   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Helps Vermont Dairy Achieve $2.1M in Lifetime Savings

Karen Henry

Efficiency Vermont is helping Ehrmann Commonwealth Dairy achieve an estimated $2.1 million in lifetime savings through ongoing energy efficiency efforts, the Brattleboro Reformer reports. Maintaining an energy efficient facility has been a priority for the Vermont-based yogurt maker since it broke ground in Brattleboro in 2009. Energy efficient control systems and processing equipment provided an estimated   …Continue Reading