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Sunday, 24 February, 2013 1:09 PM

Local Livonia Dean Foods Plant Achieves ENERGY STAR Challenge

Country Fresh Dairy Plant Successfully Reduced Total Energy Intensity By 12.1 Percent

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

In an effort to improve energy efficiency, local Livonia Dean Foods plant Country Fresh participated in the ENERGY STAR Challenge, a national call-to-action to improve the energy efficiency of America's commercial and industrial buildings.

 

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LIVONIA, Mich. – In a positive step toward improving energy efficiency, local Livonia Dean Foods plant Country Fresh has met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA’s) “ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry” by reducing its energy intensity by 12.1 percent.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a national call-to-action to improve energy efficiency of America’s commercial and industrial buildings. The U.S. manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on energy. Under the umbrella of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, EPA is working with Dean Foods and other companies to fight climate change through improvements in energy efficiency.

“We are proud to be part of the ENERGY STAR Challenge and very pleased with the work that our plant has done to help protect the environment by improving our energy performance,” said Matt Gilbert, plant manager of the Livonia Country Fresh plant. “Our facility understands the importance of keeping our environmental impact as low as possible, and receiving this recognition from the EPA demonstrates the progress that we’re making.”

In its efforts to meet the ENERGY STAR Challenge, Country Fresh has optimized energy consumption by utilizing real time energy measurement and expanded controls, in addition to employing many other environmentally friendly initiatives ranging from the use of high efficiency lighting, solar heating and thermal recovery and re-use.

Seventeen other Dean Foods manufacturing plants in the following cities have met the ENERGY STAR challenge: Athens, TN; Belvidere, IL; Billings, MT; Boise, ID; Bridgeton, NJ; El Paso, TX; High Point, NC; Houston, TX; Le Mars, IA; Mount Crawford, VA; Rensselaer, NY; Salt Lake City, UT; Spartanburg, SC; Thief River Falls, MN; Tulare, CA; Waukesha, WI; White Bear Lake, MN.

Dean Foods is an Energy Star Partner and has ranked as one of the top consumer products companies on the Carbon Disclosure Project's Leadership Index for three of the past four years. The company first published environmental sustainability goals in 2009. Earlier this year, the company released new 2020 environmental sustainability goals which include reducing greenhouse gases 25% and energy use 20% by 2020.

About Dean Foods

Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company in the United States. The Company's Fresh Dairy Direct segment is the nation's largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Fresh Dairy Direct also distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, bottled water and other products. Dean Foods also holds a majority interest in The WhiteWave Foods Company, which produces and sells an array of nationally and internationally branded plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and premium dairy products. WhiteWave brands - including Silk®, Horizon Organic®, International Delight®, and LAND O LAKES® - are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food and beverage products with the Alpro® soya and Provamel® brands. For more information about Dean Foods, visit www.deanfoods.com.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and buildings. Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2009 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 45 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to the annual emissions from 30 million vehicles—and saved nearly $17 billion on their utility bills. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Source: Hunter PR for Dean Foods

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PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Main entrance to the Country Fresh plant

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

This plant successfully met the challenge and reduced its total energy intensity by 12.1 percent.

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

The main gate

 

PHOTO BY GLORIA RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Country Fresh produces milk and cream, cottage cheese, half and half, eggnog, juices, ice cream, sherbet and other frozen desserts.

 

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