£2.5m in business cost savings identified through support provided by Food NW to North West food and drink companies.

Under the Enworks Resource Efficiency Programme, Food NW has identified £2.5M worth of cost savings for Food & Drink companies across the North West during the last 18 months.

In the process Food NW has also helped local businesses achieve annual environmental savings of over 1,700 tonnes of CO2e and 59,600 m3 of water, as well as hundreds of tonnes of materials and waste diverted from landfill.

A Manchester bakery was advised that a number of energy efficiency actions could save the company over £30,000 within a 2 year payback period, cost savings of over £100,000 were identified at a company in Knutsford while, following the work undertaken by Food NW with a food company in Nelson, over £12,000 cost savings were identified with approximately £9,500 already being achieved through the implementation of the improvement measures highlighted.

Often low cost and quick win measures can be easily identified. Following onsite support from technical advisors under the programme, cost saving recommendations are highlighted, covering a range of areas, including energy, waste, water, process flow efficiency, operational efficiency, transport, packaging and material usage.


Converting Carbon into a Competitive Advantage - Implementing Lean Efficiency in the Food & Drink Sector

Food NW recently held an event highlighting the scope of the work being done and also providing practical support on a range of efficiency measures including; process operational efficiency, energy consumption, water usage, waste production, material use and logistics. Case studies and best practice examples were also included and were presented by The Cooperative Group’s Chris Shearlock and Typhoo’s Ken Mullin.

The presentations from the event can be downloaded below;


Environmental Leadership & Delivering Carbon Reduction - A Retailer's Perspective

Chris Shearlock, Sustainable Development Manager, The Co-operative Group

Delivering Resource Efficiency Improvements at Typhoo

Ken Mullin, Typhoo

The Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion & The CPI's AD Development Centre

Steven Broome, Business Manager, The Centre for Process Innovation.

Practical Energy Solutions - Achieving savings on refrigeration, lighting, compressors, motors & drives.

Andrew Dickinson, Director, Assured Energy Solutions.

Achieving Operational Lean Efficiency (Cost Reduction Techniques) - Part1

Mark Parker, Food NW

Achieving Operational Lean Efficiency (Cost Reduction Techniques) - Part2

Mark Parker, Food NW

Free Environmental Support Available to Deliver Cost & Resource Savings

Andy Scully, Programme Manager, Food NW


For further information on Food NW or Enworks' Resourse Efficiency Programme please contact Matt Fryer - 01928 511011




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