Food & Beverage

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


Refrigerated Display Runs at 18% Greater Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

MTL Cool, a Quebec, Canada-based manufacturer of refrigerated point-of-purchase display systems, has created an energy-saving display unit operating with a hydrocarbon-blend refrigerant. In April 2015, MTL Cool began testing HCR188C/R441A, a pure hydrocarbon blend refrigerant, in a standard commercial 46-inch-wide, two-door unit. To do so, technicians replaced the original Tecumseh compressor, rated for R134 (a   …Continue Reading


Dietz & Watson Becomes Plug Power Customer

Linda Hardesty

Dietz & Watson will deploy Plug Power GenDrive fuel cells in its entire fleet of class-2 and class-3 lift trucks for its new warehouse building under a full GenKey agreement. Dietz & Watson manufacturers and distributes deli meats, artisan cheeses, and related products in North America. In their newly constructed facility in Philadelphia, Dietz &   …Continue Reading


UK Grocery Store Chain Gives Refrigerators an Energy Savings Turbo Boost

Karen Henry

Sainsbury’s, a grocery store chain in the UK, has partnered with Williams Advanced Engineering to bring aerofoil technology to its refrigerator systems. Manufactured by Aerofoil Energy, aerofoils use the same technology that helps to improve the performance of Formula One race cars. Williams worked closely with Aerofoil to refine the design using Formula One aerodynamics.   …Continue Reading