A PORTSMOUTH food manufacturer is now powered by green energy produced by its own waste.
Quattro Foods Limited, which makes fresh chilled soups, sauces and dishes for food service and retailers across the UK, has signed up to receive power from Veolia’s energy recovery facility in Copnor.
The company’s recent investment in improved blast-chilling equipment would increase their energy consumption beyond what was available on site.
Bosses looked next-door to Veolia Environmental Services, which produces electricity from waste.
Sam Brower, managing director of Quattro Foods said: ‘We send our waste to Veolia and get it back in the form of electricity.
Following the installation of underground cables, Veolia is now an additional private electricity supplier for Quattro Foods, providing 75kva to the factory.
Ms Brower said: ‘This supply of electricity from Veolia has allowed us to make full use of our new equipment, reduce additional electricity costs and has also improved our carbon footprint.
‘This means we can continue to invest in factory improvements to enhance and improve our services to the catering industry, whilst remaining competitive.’
Lee Phelan, general manager of Veolia Environmental Services in Hampshire, said: ‘Supplying our neighbours with electricity direct from our facility in Portsmouth means we are taking the first steps in becoming a green energy supplier while building a network which could in future supply the area with combined heat and power.’