Goodman's ABP beefs up green investment
ABP Food Group, which is owned by Larry Goodman, has announced it will invest in a €24.5m waste-to-energy plant in the UK through its renewable-energy division Olleco.
The plant will produce enough sustainable energy to power the equivalent of 12,000 homes. Olleco recently opened a 15-megawatt anaerobic digestion facility in Buckinghamshire in England.
The facility is located adjacent to the Arla dairy, allowing the dairy to become a zero-carbon milk-processing facility.
Robert Behan, managing director of Olleco, described the new facility, as an "excellent" example of the circular economy in action, with multiple supply-chain partners working together to deliver a sustainable outcome.
"This state-of-the-art Olleco facility will convert in excess of 100,000 tonnes of waste into heat, power and bio-methane for export to the national grid, and bio-fertiliser for both of ABP Food Group's and Arla's farmer suppliers," Mr Behan said. He said that sustainability was a key priority across the group.
Olleco - which employs over 600 people across the UK - collects waste food and cooking oil from the retail and food service sector and then converts it into bio-diesel, bio-gas and bio-fertiliser.
In 2015, ABP opened the world's first certified carbon neutral abattoir in Shropshire in England, where waste material from the food-processing operation is used in conjunction with used cooking oil to provide the energy requirements on site.
ABP is the largest beef processor in Ireland and the UK and employs 10,000 people, with 49 manufacturing plants in Ireland, the UK, Denmark, Poland, Austria, Holland, France and Spain.