Food Logistics' Top Green Providers

Sustainability is a cornerstone for these leading companies in our industry.


Within their operations, GENCO ATC has deployed hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts, upgraded lighting fixtures, reduced material usage and increased its recycling efforts.

 

Gloucester Terminals

(www.holtlogistics.com)

Gloucester Terminals LLC is home to Riverside Renewable Energy, North America’s largest rooftop solar array at 9 MWs. The electricity generated by Riverside is used to power Gloucester Terminals’ warehouses, which encompass the largest refrigerated capacity of any marine terminal in the U.S.

Through net metering and data capture solutions provided by the manufacturer, Riverside is able to view real time data related to: current kWh produced; pounds of Nitrogen Oxides, Sulfur Oxides, and Carbon Dioxide not release into the atmosphere; as well as acre equivalents of newly planted trees and the number of cars removed from the road for a year.

 

Gourmet Guru

(www.gourmetgurunyc.com)

Gourmet Guru’s LEED certified energy efficient building has helped cut its energy and refrigeration costs substantially, enabling the company to add more jobs, source local organic food products, and distribute it efficiently in order to stay true to its mission statement of “Helping make the world a better place to eat, naturally, since 1996.”

The company has grown 50 percent since its move to an energy efficient building, and it continues to build its brand as a green company in a highly competitive market.

 

GreenRoad

(www.greenroad.com)

GreenRoad’s mobile and cloud technology helps fleet operators burn less fuel, crash less frequently, and reduce wear and tear on their equipment, ultimately leading to a more eco-friendly and sustainable operation.

The company’s customers typically experience reduced crash costs by 50 percent and reduced fuel usage and emissions by up to10 percent. In addition, real time, immediate feedback and coaching helps drivers self-improve and perform their best. Most drivers improve 35 percent on their own, with no manager intervention.

 

Groom Energy Solutions

(www.groomenergy.com)

Refrigerated and frozen storage facilities are among the most energy intensive structures. Groom Energy has performed energy assessments and implemented projects in over 30 U.S. states and Canada, representing over 750 million cubic feet of storage space. For cold storage facilities, Groom engineers have identified a two step opportunity for energy efficiency—first applying LED lighting, which operate only when occupied, thereby reducing energy and cooling loads, and secondly, adding variable frequency drives to refrigeration systems, which optimize the resulting lower cooling load requirement. This two step process can reduce energy cost by 50 percent or more.

 

iLogic

(www.ilogic.com)

iLogic’s software for managing returnable assets (pallets, bins, trays, etc) called masLogic, features a proprietary, state-of-the-art Electronic Asset Settlement algorithm (EAS). The system scans the network of trading partners where assets are being shipped to, and finds opportunities to reduce or eliminate the movement of empty assets.

Every mile traveled to collect and return valuable empty assets to their owners is a huge cost, using labor, fuel, and generating emissions from diesel engines. The Electronic Asset Settlement solution provides its users a true greenhouse gas reduction strategy, and companies using the software technology can benefit from carbon offsets, in addition to the cost savings that real time asset visibility brings to their business.

 

Inmar

(www.inmar.com)

North Carolina-based solutions provider Inmar approaches sustainability broadly by eliminating waste—regardless of source—in product that goes to landfill, in redundant processes, and in inefficient transportation models that increase carbon footprint and drive up cost.

Last year, the company’s remarketing services kept 117 million pounds of grocery and consumer goods out of landfills. Furthermore, Inmar’s donation program, operated on behalf of its clients, provided 1.8 million boxes of food product that were used to create 5.5 million meals for the needy in 2011.

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