Top three energy tips for food firms

By Laurence Gibbons

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Food manufacturers could cut their energy costs by operating more energy efficiently, avoiding production during expensive peak demand periods and working more closely with their energy providers.

Those were the top three ways energy firm nPower told FoodManufacture.co.uk that food businesses could better manage their energy costs in this exclusive video.

Wayne Mitchell, director of markets and innovation at nPower, revealed how food manufacturers could use energy better and what equipment and processes they should invest in.

“If you can work your manufacturing around ​[peak] times you can avoid peak times and triad management charges,” ​he told us.

The triads are the three half-hour periods of the highest energy demand between November and February, each year. Consumption during these periods is used to calculate consumers’ bills.

“You have to eliminate waste, so don’t use energy on anything you don’t need to use it on.”

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Watch this video to find out how Mitchell said you could save money by understanding the market mechanism more.

Mitchell also claimed food manufacturers weren’t sufficiently engaged in the energy market because they were too busy running other areas of their businesses.

Find out about the dangers he said this could bring food manufacturing businesses by watching our video.

Meanwhile, last month, Mitchell said changes to energy prices​ could prevent food businesses from investing and creating jobs.

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