Todd Blount, President of Blount Fine Foods
EN001 2017 CORPORATE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Blount Fine Foods is committed to excellence in all areas of our business, including Environmental Sustainability. We are dedicated to protect our natural resources, and we employ significant “Three R” (reduce, reuse and recycle) programs, which are directed by our corporate engineering team and incorporate the ideas of our associates, at every level of our company.
We have made major upgrades, to reduce our energy, gas, and water consumption, by installing
high-efficiency refrigeration, high pressure steam systems, and advanced food production equipment and controls. We work continuously to reduce waste at the source. We engineer all of our new products to minimize waste, and emphasize the use of recyclable packaging materials.
2016 Blount Fine Foods Corporate Sustainability Results:
- Recycled over 320 tons of cardboard and paper.
- Blount energy management programs have installed variable capacitor banks, high-efficiency lighting systems, solar power, and variable speed drives (VFDs) that are now providing energy savings totaling over 425,000 kWh, per year.
- During this past year, our energy savings and pollution prevention programs have improved the environmental impact of Blount operations by reducing greenhouse gas (including carbon dioxide) emissions by more than 300,000 lbs, annually.
- We use well water for our landscaping, and have subsurface site storm water retention.
Blount Solar Energy System
2016 marked the fourth year of operation for our 100 KW renewable energy solar system, and our solar field is now a major source of emissions-free energy to power our Fall River gourmet soups and sauces manufacturing operations. During the past four years, we have generated over 300,000 kWh of solar power.
Blount Sustainability Commitment
We continuously evaluate our corporate sustainability programs, and implement appropriate state of the art technology, to improve the environmental results of all of our Blount Fine Foods operations. We perform combustion gas analysis to optimize, and reduce emissions from, our process steam boilers systems. We employ predictive maintenance technologies, including infrared thermal imaging, oil spectral analysis and equipment vibration monitoring to ensure peak equipment performance. We have installed biological reactors to naturally remove biological oxygen demand (BOD) from our wastewater effluent streams. Also, we have a policy of sharing the technology of our proven successes with our customers, vendors and our other food industry partners, to maximize our collective benefit to the environment.