Why be energy efficient?

Energy costs account for at least 15% of total operational costs of a food business, which means becoming more energy efficient is critical to becoming profitable and competitive.

Opportunities exist for small food manufacturing businesses to reduce their energy costs and save money.

Case studies

Food South Australia (Food SA) has developed a range of case studies that illustrate how businesses in the food manufacturing sector can save money by becoming more energy efficient, including:

  • Angelakis Bros – A seafood, poultry and game company determined they would be able to reduce their annual refrigerant costs by 96% and achieve annual electricity cost savings of $76 000 by upgrading their refrigeration plants.
  • Golden North – A premium ice cream and frozen yogurt products manufacturer could reduce their energy consumption by 641 000 kWh and save $127 700 annually.
  • Thomas Foods International – A Food SA audit identified annual cost savings of $135 000 for a $1 million upgrade.

See the case studies on the Food SA website.

Key resources

Food SA has also developed energy efficiency tools and guidance material so that food manufacturing businesses can increase their energy efficiency and reduce operating costs. See the Food SA website for the Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit and further information about energy efficiency in the food manufacturing sector.

  1. Food South Australia (2014) Energy Efficient Equipment Toolkit