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Branston designs win Tesco seal of approval


BRANSTON Ltd has scooped a top retail award for its commitment to reducing its environmental impact.

Branston was presented with the Nurture Award for Environment and Community at the Tesco produce Supplier Awards prestigious gala dinner held at the Hilton Metropole in London last night. The UKs leading potato supplier was awarded the prize for its outstanding environmental initiatives and commitment to ongoing reduction of its carbon footprint.

During the last year, Branston has completed a number of projects which have helped it to reduce resource use. A key achievement is the new purpose-built and Tesco-dedicated prepared foods factory, which is aligned with Branstons philosophy of low carbon = low cost. Energy efficiency was an integral part of the design brief.

The new factory is part of the companys integrated approach to resource use at its Lincoln site and was designed to maximize efficiencies and reduce waste. The factory uses both borehole and recycled water, recycles warm air from chillers and utilises waste pallets and broken potato boxes in a biomass boiler. Food waste from the factory and outgrade potatoes from the fresh potato factory are used in a new Anaerobic Digestion plant which produces a steady 400kW of electricity, representing a 40% reduction in energy used on the site.

Graeme Beattie, managing director of Branston, collected the award from Dan Quinn, category director of Tesco, in front of 700 other guests from the Tesco produce team and supply base.

Graeme said: We are absolutely delighted to receive this award from Tesco, which is a reflection of the hard work that has been put into reducing our carbon footprint. This award is particularly important to us, as we are being recognized by a retailer which sets extremely high environmental standards for both itself and its suppliers.

The Tesco Produce Supplier Award event was established to recognise the contribution of its suppliers and growers. The awards celebrate the success of those exceptional teams who together have contributed to the growth and development of the Tesco business during 2010


About Branston Ltd

Branston Ltd was set up as a co-operative of Lincolnshire farmers in 1968. The company grew and became a limited company. Today, Branston is privately-owned and one of the UKs biggest potato buyers, packers and distributors turning over 110 million in 2008.

Branston has sites in Lincolnshire, Somerset and Scotland. Across the UK, the company employs more than 600 people, with over 300 at its Lincoln site. In 1990, Branston began working with Tesco and is now one of the supermarkets top fresh produce suppliers. Branston branched out into prepared vegetables in 2005 and opened its own 4 million prepared foods factory in 2009. Branston was the first food producer in the country to receive the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition of its environmental initiatives, which have resulted in a reduction in its carbon intensity over a three year period. In 2010, Branston opened its anaerobic digestion plant that turns waste potatoes into electricity, part of a 2 million investment in green technologies at its Lincoln site.


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