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Businesses operating in the food manufacturing industry are increasingly looking at ways to make energy efficiency gains.

This is according to an article for, which notes there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that organisations in this sector are looking at ways to reduce their energy use.

It cites a new report by Barclays, which suggests that while in the past the price of energy was the primary concern for such businesses, now other factors are also being considered, including the energy sources in relation to a company’s carbon footprint, and whether there is sufficient resilience to deal with any potential outages.

Product manager at Mitsubishi Electric’s Automation Systems Matt Handley told the news provider that variable speed drives (VSDs) are an under-used solution that can provide energy efficiency gains.

He explained that simply buying a VSD and connecting it isn’t enough. “That drive can be tuned - or configured - to maximise energy saving. This can account for 10-15 per cent of of the savings on that drive,” he stated.

The industry has already made important energy efficiency gains in recent years. The latest data from the Food & Drink Federation (FDF) shows that, since 1990 baselines, the industry has reduced absolute CO2 emissions by 46 per cent and lowered water usage by 31 per cent.

In addition, the FDF has announced a number of further commitments for the sector, including cutting absolute CO2 emissions by 55 per cent by 2025, sending zero waste to landfill from members’ direct operations, and further promoting sustainable supply chains.

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