Refrigeration plant and warehousing infrastructure greening at Robern Menz

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

Robern Menz has announced a major upgrade investment to its production facility at Glynde, Adelaide. An amount of $1.1 million will be spent over the next 10 months overhauling the business’s refrigeration plant and warehousing infrastructure. This will have a major environmental benefit once implemented with the company’s carbon footprint significantly reducing.

Made possible by a successful application to the Australian Government’s (AusIndustry) program ‘Retooling for Climate Change’, the $500,000 grant and subsequent refrigeration/warehousing investment will see a reduction in the company’s CO2 emissions by a huge 248 tonnes annually. Once installed the new energy-efficient equipment will result in power consumption reducing by a substantial 11% resulting in a major cost saving. A consequence of this project will be the benefit of increased productivity for the business through greater temperature consistency throughout the factory.

Robern Menz CEO Philip Sims said, “We are most grateful for the Australian Government’s assistance and their recognition of the positive impact on the environment this project will create. A critical success factor has been the dedication and skill of the project team which included Robern Menz employees and a number of key advisor stakeholders.”

As a result of this success, capital works will commence soon including installation of new internal walls, pipework installation, new compressors and pumps, and the removal of 25 old energy-inefficient units. The project is expected to be completed by February 2012.

Robern Menz is a 103-year-old, fourth-generation, family-run business located at Glynde. Led today by brothers Philip Sims (CEO) and Richard Sims (COO) - it is South Australia’s largest confectioner. The company’s brands include - Menz Confectionery (including the SA Icon Menz FruChocs), Medlow Fruit Gels and Robern Fruit Snacks.

AusIndustry has a range of programs aimed at assisting the food industry to reduce its energy requirements.

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