Muntons has been presented with the Environmental Leadership Award at the 2021 Food and Drink Federation's awards, for its latest in sustainability innovation, a bio-energy plant at its Cedars Maltings headquarters in Stowmarket!
The ceremony has returned to the Royal Lancaster this month (16 September) for the first time since 2019, to celebrate everything that the food and drink industry has accomplished this year.
The new bio-energy plant, which is being worked on in partnership with Amp Clean Energy, and Vital Energi, is near completion and will reduce Muntons' Stowmarket site's carbon emissions by over 50% and allowing the headquarters site to become fully self-sufficient for heat.
This is in fact the second centre that Muntons, which turns 100 at the end of the month (September), has invested in. The maltster's first bio-energy plant at its Flamborough Maltings in Bridlington started its operation in 2019.
Food critic and journalist, Jay Rayner, presented the ceremony which honoured the industry in areas including sustainability and innovation. The awards also praised individuals for their achievements, such as those who are starting their careers in the Apprentice of the Year to Rising Star accolades.
Dr Nigel Davies, Technical and Sustainability Director for Muntons, said:
“This exciting project shows that by innovative thinking, it is possible to make significant greenhouse gas reductions that are in line with a science based target while using existing technology. It is encouraging that this type of leadership in environmental protection in food manufacturing is recognised at this level by such a prestigious industry body.”
If you'd like to read more about Muntons' ongoing environmental programme, then you can find the latest sustainability report here on our website.
L-R: The night's celebrity presenter, food critic Jay Rayner, Tony Baker, Muntons Project Engineering Leader, Andy Cooper, UK Sales Manager at Clarke Energy (the category sponsor) and Ian Burrows, Muntons Maintenance Manager and Project Engineer.