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|GIVING PUBLIX THE BEST PRICE ON ENERGY
Energy providers will roll out the red carpet for big customersâ€¦and the red wagon, too, when needed.
Food processing operations are often some of the biggest users of energy in a given region. Utility providers should be anxious to keep them happy.
Publix, with retail stores and processing facilities for dairy, bakery, deli and produce in the area of Lakeland, Fla., is a favored customer of local utility provider Lakeland Electric.
“The Publix dairy plant is contracted to receive 27 tractor truckloads of raw milk per day,” notes Lakeland Electric key account executive, Ron Pierce. “So it is important to keep them up and running.”
As the utility’s largest customer, Publix negotiates a favorable energy contract rate with Lakeland Electric. But it’s on the service end where the utility steps up its attention.
An advanced transfer system that encircles the Publix processing complex monitors and controls feeds and distributes power as needed. The system design was a joint effort of Publix and Lakeland Electric. The utility has advised and provided engineering assistance to Publix on the energy angle of other projects, too, including a recent freezer installation for ice cream storage.
“Our service emphasizes power quality and reliability,” says Pierce. “The utility is ready to assist at any time.”
That claim was put to the test when a fire disrupted energy distribution to the dairy facility at the Publix processing complex.
“We worked with Publix around the clock after the fire,” says Pierce. “They had a new modified atmosphere banana storage facility under construction. A new feed had been installed, but we hadn’t installed the switch-gear yet. We were able to put it in the dairy.
“Within seven hours they had the new feeds.”
|Top 10 Energy Efficiency Recommendations
for Bread and Bakery Products
Most of these recommendations also were suggested for plants processing fluid milk, sausages and prepared meats, meat packing, poultry processing and flour and grain mill products categories. Additional recommendations from these other food categories include:
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