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E.ON and Bernard Matthews agree power contract

25 March 2015

E.ON has announced it has agreed a two-year deal to supply energy to Bernard Matthews, the UK’s largest turkey farmer and supplier.

Bernard Matthews has 59 farms and production sites across Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire, consuming around c70gWh of power per year – the same as about 21,000 average UK homes. 
The Norwich-based company has a publicly-stated commitment to improving its sustainability and has invested significantly in energy efficiency to drive down its consumption as well as generating its own renewable power to see savings in terms of costs and carbon emissions.
To support that commitment, alongside the energy supply contract the farming and food group will take advantage of E.ON’s Portfolio Solution service, which allows customers to reduce their exposure to energy price volatility through tailored purchasing strategies, while at the same time protecting their business from exposure and risk, as well as energy data management through its new Energy Toolkit. 
Stuart Read, Procurement Manager at Bernard Matthews, said: “We don’t change suppliers lightly; the risk of poor customer service and the resulting increase in resource required to manage the account is too great. Key among the commitments from E.ON was the level of service and support that would be provided – that they provide me with the tools I need to ensure I can take advantage of the market as it moves and to monitor and manage the usage at my sites. 
“My experience of E.ON so far has been highly positive. The larger energy suppliers are not renowned for providing great service but E.ON has challenged my prejudices and exceeded my expectations. They’ve delivered on their promises:  the single point of contact is highly efficient, the Energy Toolkit provides quality data on usage, the Market View package provides live market pricing to both my desktop and phone and the Portfolio Solution gives clues as to what the market might do rather than what it has done.”
David Topping, Director of Corporates at E.ON, added: “Bernard Matthews is a household name in British food manufacturing and a major player in national industry. They were looking for more than just a supply contract and I’m delighted they have seen the value of building a relationship with E.ON and making full use of our expertise in purchasing strategies and energy management.
“I am looking forward to working with them, especially as they continue to improve their own energy efficiency and sustainability. We can offer services to major industrial and commercial customers right across the spectrum; from metering and data management to supply, energy efficiency measures and also low carbon technologies allowing customers to generate the power they need themselves.”
Sustainability is already central to the Bernard Matthews business strategy; the company is already generating a large proportion of its energy needs from renewable sources including solar and wind and the addition of biomass boilers on farms.
The firm has also developed a pioneering partnership with renewable energy developers securing £90m of third party investment to utilise the land it owns – including a 55-acre solar farm next to the Holton factory. 

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