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Darigold

Energy Performance

Goal

25%

Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2019

Commitment

12

Plants, covering 1.4 million square feet

Background

Darigold is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Northwest Dairy Association, the fifth largest dairy cooperative in the United States, with 12 processing plants and over 500 member farms throughout the Northwest. Along with its own branded products, Darigold produces a wide array of dairy products for customers in wholesale, retail, grocery, food service, and ingredients sectors. Darigold's product line includes milk, butter, cheese, sour cream, whey products, and a variety of dairy-based ingredient products.

Darigold uses electricity and natural gas to power its production facilities, primarily for heating boilers (32%), operating dryers (28%), and powering electrical equipment, refrigeration, and lighting (38%).

To help sustain its drive for energy conservation, the company established a Darigold Corporate-wide Energy Team. This team is led by a dedicated, full-time Corporate Energy Manager and consists of a representative from each of the company’s manufacturing facilities. The corporate-wide team meets bi-weekly to coordinate and disseminate all the energy conservation efforts.

In addition to the corporate-wide team, each plant has its own Plant Energy Team that consists of a multi-functional task force that includes production staff and engineers. Each team sets its own goals in alignment with Darigold’s corporate effort to reduce energy consumption per unit of product by at least 2.5% per year. Each plant team designs and implements its own energy reduction action projects.

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