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The blender starts production

15 November 2021

Manufacturing has started at innocent’s new carbon-neutral factory at ‘the blender’ in the Port of Rotterdam. 

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The blender is designed to be a carbon neutral drinks factory and will produce up to 300 million litres in a year. innocent worked in partnership with Integrated Food Projects to develop the £200 million plant. 

The new factory incorporates a number of different technologies to reduce and reuse natural resources. For any further energy needs the blender will have its own solar panels and wind turbines. Because a significant proportion of the fruit and juice raw materials arrive by sea in the Port of Rotterdam road miles will also be reduced by 20%.

Working in partnership with Integrated Food Projects, innocent placed sustainability at the very heart of the project from day one – from planning to design, through to the build and operational running of the factory. The result is the blender being the earth’s most sustainable healthy drinks factory and a leading example of how a holistic approach to integrating sustainability within design can start to show how the drinks manufacturing sector can be better for people, the planet and business.

Commenting on the project, Andy Tebbutt, joint managing director at Integrated Food Projects, said: “We have been working alongside innocent on the blender since 2018, and it’s fantastic to see the first finished drinks being produced, bottled and shipped from the factory. Sustainability has been a focal point since day one of planning, and what has been achieved at the factory really does recalibrate the industry standard for what can be achieved in sustainability within the food and drink manufacturing sector.”

Andy Joynson, chief blender at innocent added: “The team at Integrated Food Projects has been integral to the success of the project. Alongside engineering expertise, they brought their experience of delivering sustainable factories to help determine where the factory should be built, the methods and equipment used and ultimately, how it should operate sustainably.

“The blender is an important first step in achieving our ambitious target of innocent being a completely carbon neutral business by 2025. Reducing our impact on the environment and dependence on natural resources is the responsibility of every business that works in the food and drink manufacturing sector. We believe the blender is a shining example of what can be achieved, and as such we are committed to inspiring other businesses by sharing our knowledge and experience of building sustainable factories.”

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