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Carbon Trust issues innovation challenge to food equipment suppliers

12 October 2010

The Carbon Trust is inviting food manufacturers, technology providers and equipment suppliers to explore greener manufacturing technologies and processes. It is offering businesses in, or equipment and technology suppliers to the bakery, confectionery and dairy sectors up to £250,000 (or £500,000 in exceptional circumstances) of co-funding to explore specific carbon and cost saving opportunities.

In the confectionery sector, key carbon saving opportunities identified include using alternative methods such as microwaves to dry popular sweets like fruit jellies and gums. This could cut carbon emissions by 10% a year, according to Carbon Trust estimates.
In commercial bakeries, reducing the weight of baking tins, improving the efficiency of ovens and recycling waste heat could together cut the sector's emissions by around 9%.

And in the dairy sector, the cleaning of pipework using alternative technologies such as 'ice pigging' - a process that uses solid plugs of ice to clean pipes and is commonly used in the oil industry - and new methods for homogenisation - the process that prevents a cream layer separating out from the milk - could cut the industry's emissions by around 5%.

Commenting on the opportunities, David Prosser, Operations Director at Tangerine Confectionery, makers of Butterkist popcorn and Barratt's sherbet fountains, said: "The possibility of using microwave technology to generate heat for our stoving cycles to help reduce product turn round times as well as reducing cost is an exciting prospect, which would if successful provide huge benefits for our particular industry. We look forward to being part of this exciting venture and hope that our original trials using microwave ovens can be scaled up and a microwave process can be installed at one of our production sites."

A launch event will be held on 14 October for the bakery sector, and 21 October for the confectionery sector.  Each event will present the latest carbon saving opportunities in detail, offer insights for new business opportunities to equipment suppliers and technology providers to the sector and explain how businesses can benefit from getting involved in the Carbon Trust Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator.  

Companies interested in attending a launch event should contact or call 020 3069 8245.

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