It only takes a few seconds after stepping into Vital Farms’ Egg Central Station (ECS) to realize that the company truly loves its egg-related puns. If there’s writing nearby, be it on a wall, memo or bulletin board, there’s a pun not far behind. They’re part of an ethos that starts from the top and flows down the company’s ranks to put a smile on someone’s face, even if just for a second. That idea of doing good extends beyond the facility walls to its other locations, the farmers who supply the eggs, the consumers who buy the product and, finally, to the planet itself. That visible commitment to the environment is why the addition at ECS was chosen as FOOD ENGINEERING’s 2023 Sustainable Plant of the Year.
Changing the way that distilleries use resources is a great start, but the increased market for spirits means that green techniques must be factored into initial facility designs, as companies aim to raise their production capacity.
Blue Circle is rolling out its latest product—Salmon Sausage—in four flavors: Original, Lemon Dill, Italian, and Apple Thyme. Blue Circle’s Salmon Sausage has an MSRP of $8.99 for a pack of four sausages.
Bühler and Whitworth Bros—the UK’s largest miller—have opened a high-tech flour plant called Mill E3 at Whitley Bridge in Yorkshire, England. The data generated and analyzed at the Whitley Bridge plant will drive the evolution of milling technology from the current data assisted mill into a plant capable of using its own process parameters in a closed loop to optimize production. This development of the self-adjusting mill will be the precursor to the SmartMill.
What Keurig Dr Pepper and Cuisine Solutions—and the other submissions we received for this year's Engineering Plant of the Year and Sustainable Plant of the Year award—do have in common is the level of innovation and creative solutions present throughout the plants.
The protein supplier has announced it will reduce GHG emissions across its entire domestic supply chain 30 percent by 2030 as well as obtain 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, over the same time period.
Smithfield Foods Inc. reports that its new carbon reduction goal will reduce the company’s GHG emissions by nearly 5 million metric tons—the equivalent of removing over 1 million cars from the world’s roads or planting 216 million new trees.