On March 8, 2013
The green effort: Petfood companies support sustainability
Facilities achieve energy savings with efficient waste management, LED lighting and air systems
Staying sustainable may be a topical trend in the media or a consumer-driven marketing tool according to some, but I applaud petfood companies who go out of their way to make their production and facilities more eco-friendly. Shrinking your carbon footprint also significantly reduces costs-something even the staunchest cynic can't argue with. Here, we take a look at what petfood companies have been doing over the past year to make their facilities more efficient in cost, time and energy.The 300,000-square-foot Diamond Pet Foods facility in Ripon, California, US, went online in May 2012 with more than 500 high-efficiency, Class II Div 2 LED fixtures by Dialight. Through combined energy and maintenance savings, the company expects a full return on its investment in the new, energy-efficient lighting system in less than two years. According to Diamond, the company was aiming to minimize energy consumption and achieve more sustainable operations at the new facility, and had already installed solar panels designed to provide roughly one-quarter of the electricity to power the building. The complete lighting installation includes 304 2-foot and 4-foot LED Linear fixtures, 145 LED High Bays and 89 LED Area Lights, for a total of 538 Dialight LED fixtures. According to Dialight, the company can expect to use at least 50% less energy compared to other options with this system.Allpax Products, partnered with Pro Mach, offers a waste-steam recovery system for retorts that is designed to lower energy costs, reduce consumption of water and improve the overall sustainability of a ...