Food Engineering's 2014 Sustainable Food & Beverage Plant of the Year

1. When are the entries due?

Entries are due at the Food Engineering office in West Chester, PA, on June 30, 2014.

2. What plants are eligible?

Any new food/beverage plant or major sustainable plant project that became fully operational in calendar year 2013 is eligible. Plant should produce processed food/beverage products designed for human consumption. Please note: In order to participate in this competition, plants do not need to be certified by LEED, Green Globes or any other organization. All sustainable food and beverage plant projects completed in 2013 are eligible.

Plant visit: Any plant entered in the competition must be available by June 15, 2014 for an editorial visit to be part of Food Engineering’s November issue. Please do not submit a plant that will not be available.

3. Are expansions/renovations eligible?

Yes, major renovations/expansions of existing facilities are eligible. Renovations will be judged on an equal footing with greenfield plants. Projects must have been completed in calendar year 2013.

4. Who may submit entries?

Food companies, A/E firms, suppliers or any others qualified to provide a detailed rationale for a particular plant may submit entries.

Address for Entries and Further Information
Joyce Fassl
Food Engineering
600 Willowbrook Lane
Suite 610
West Chester, PA 19382

Tel: 610-436-4220 ext. 8519

All entries must be received by June 30, 2014.

What are the judging criteria?

Sustainable building, design and site innovations
Energy usage, recovery and reuse
Water usage, reuse, and treatment
Sustainable process optimization
Sustainable packaging initiatives
Sustainable innovation in equipment and technology usage
Sustainable warehouse, transportation and supply chain management
Employee safety, comfort and health initiatives
Community impact
Corporate sustainability mission statement implementation.

What is required?

A detailed narrative of maximum 10 pages plus images in support of the entry is required. Narrative should document the ways in which the plant excels with reference to the stated judging criteria. However, if there are additional relevant matters that go beyond the stated criteria, please be sure to call them to the judges’ attention in the narrative. These might include: on-site recycling; unique employee participation programs; special state and local offsets/incentives or carbon footprint buy-back programs; energy recapture systems (such as CHP, exhaust economizers, stainless steel motors); biogas recovery via anaerobic/aerobic systems; wind and solar (real or purchased credits); use of biofuels from oil; special efforts involving various utilities—electric, gas, compressed air, water, oil; or any other techniques that have a positive environmental impact.

Clearly captioned illustrations, drawings, photos etc. should be submitted if directly relevant and should be able to be photocopied. The materials will be photocopied by Food Engineering. Please send high quality photos. Four copies of each entry should be submitted in a durable folder or binder that also allows for easy removal for photocopying. It is not recommended that the entries be submitted as loose sheets. Images can be in addition to the 10-page narrative. Brief video clips are also acceptable as part of the entry, if available.

All entries should have a copy of the official Entry Form attached to the front.

Download Entry Form (Microsoft Word Format)
Download Entry Form (PDF format)

Important Dates
Entries due: June 30, 2014

Final selection of winner: July 2014

Plant visit by Food Engineering editors: July/August 2014

Specially featured on the cover of Food Engineering: November 2014

Past Winners

2013 Plumrose Council Bluffs
2012 Stahlbush Island Farms

2011 Frito-Lay
2010 New Belgium Brewing Co.
2009 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.



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