Companies that manufacture or process food and beverages are increasingly important to the economy of Massachusetts. While size, market, and product type vary, they all use and pay for energy, water, chemicals (cleaning products or others), and waste management. They also share an interest in reducing and/or avoiding costs so they can sustain and expand business while ensuring their products are safe for consumption. This sector has untapped opportunities to prevent pollution by increasing energy efficiency, renewable energy use, water efficiency, and reducing waste and the use of toxics.
Green Your Bottom Line in Food and Beverage Businesses is an initiative to support food and beverage businesses in making pollution prevention improvements to their facilities and processes, which will benefit both their businesses and the environment:
- Increase energy efficiency
- Increase renewable energy use
- Use safer cleaning and sanitizing products
- Reduce waste
- Improve operations
- Reduce operating costs
We are holding a series of interactive workshops for food and beverage businesses to share experiences, challenges and successes to date and plan future actions. Workshops will include case studies and lessons learned, technical topics, and opportunities to learn from peers. Our team of experts will connect participants with the appropriate resources - many of them free - and incentives or funding to help with energy and environmental improvements. Our first two workshops were held in May and November 2016, and participants gave very positive feedback, citing the networking opportunities and connection with resources as particularly helpful.
Our next workshops are being planned for spring of 2017.
To be notified of future workshops or learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved, email us or follow @foodbeverageMA.
Examples of food businesses that are greening their bottom line:
- Stop & Shop green energy facility generates heat and power from food waste
- Gorton's green initiatives address energy and water use and packaging materials
- Frito Lay combined heat and power system increases reliability and reduces emissions
- Merrimack Ales tests less hazardous cleaning and sanitizing technology
- Ocean Spray's sustainability efforts include water conservation, managing energy use, reducing packaging and reducing waste