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Vegetable supplier opens AD facility

Lincolnshire vegetable supplier QV Foods has opened an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility to power its processing operations.

The 1.5MW facility at the firm’s site in Holbeach is a joint venture between QV Foods’ parent company A.H. Worth and Tamar Energy. It will provide renewable energy from 30,000 tonnes of organic material per year. This will mainly be vegetable trimmings and potato wastes from QV Foods’ operations.

The AD plant will also produce a nutrient-rich biofertiliser.

The company said that its power requirements, including an overnight load for chilling warehouses, were well matched to the 24/7 generation by an AD facility.   

Duncan Worth, QV Foods chairman and managing director of parent company A.H. Worth, said: “Not only does it provide real financial benefits by putting us in control of our electricity supply and fertiliser production but it’s also a tangible demonstration of our sustainability commitment, with benefits we can pass on to our customers”.  

The AD facility was opened by Asda president and chief executive Andy Clarke. QV Foods supplies vegetable and potato products to the supermarket chain.

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: “In the coming years I hope to see even more businesses using anaerobic digestion and other renewable technologies to meet their energy needs.”

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