Manitowoc Foodservice envisions a greener tomorrow
June 3rd, 2008
MANITOWOC, Wis – In a recent survey by the National Restaurant Association, 62% of consumers said they would be likely to choose a restaurant based on environmental friendliness¹. These numbers provide the catalyst for restaurants to step up their own “green” initiatives.
Today’s restaurateurs understand that investing in “greener” equipment solutions today will help them deal with future energy and waste-management costs; saving money in the long run. As restaurants look to “green-up” their own footprint, many have turned to Manitowoc Foodservice equipment to help them achieve their goals.
Manitowoc technology and innovation At the heart of Manitowoc’s “green” initiatives are cutting-edge technologies that help reduce energy and water consumption. There are over 200 foodservice equipment models including Manitowoc ice machines, Kolpak walk-ins, and McCall and Koolaire reach-ins that qualify for the EnergyMizer™ stamp. Simply put, these products meet or exceed 3rd party energy-efficiency criteria – such as Energy Star®, CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency), and the CEC (California Energy Commission).
Throughout the manufacturing process and beyond, careful consideration has been given to environmentally-friendly packaging materials, the use of renewable resources, the reduction in the consumption of non-renewable resources, and the elimination of hazardous materials.
The recyclability of packaging materials is nearly 100%, and our use of post-consumer materials has increased by 20%. Manitowoc has optimized the use of raw materials, reduced the scrap rate, and implemented scrap recycling programs. In addition, we have reduced the use of high-impact environmental solvents and other chemicals in the manufacturing process. When it comes to transporting the equipment, the consolidation of freight and intermodal transportation has resulted in a lower fuel demand through more efficient shipping methods.
The pallet system used to ship heavy foodservice equipment is constructed with components, such as wood, that can be recycled or are made of recycled products. To our own packaging, we have added recycling instruction, complete with symbols, so there is no doubt as to what part of the packaging can be recycled.
In addition, whenever print communication is necessary, Manitowoc has committed to using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified papers. The FSC symbol is a quick way to know that the paper that has been chosen has been produced responsibly.
“As foodservice operators strive to create new value propositions that include environmental consciousness for their customers, Manitowoc Foodservice is committed to providing solutions that contribute to those initiatives. Through our EnergyMizer and Green Zone programs, and through participation in Energy Star, CEE and similar public sector initiatives, we have improved the green performance of our products. Simultaneously, we are implementing internal efforts that contribute to a greener footprint in all our operations,” adds Dean Landeche, vice president of marketing for Manitowoc Foodservice.
Assessing our supply chain For Manitowoc Foodservice embracing “green” means that not only do we incorporate “green” into our manufacturing processes and technologies, but also into our everyday business practices. We ask the same of our business partners. We encourage our suppliers to find eco-friendly shipping alternatives, label all recyclable products, conserve water and energy, and reduce air emissions and solid waste.
Engaging our employees We believe in challenging our employees to continue our “green” stewardship. They participate in waste recycling programs, are encouraged to use teleconferencing (eliminating the need for face-to-face meetings) and use electronic mail to help in the reduction of paper usage.
Future “green” endeavors for Manitowoc Foodservice include the development of a “green zone” scorecard that will highlight our long and short-term “green” initiatives and measure our environmental performance.
Manitowoc Foodservice is a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company. As a global leader in the manufacture of ice machines, ice/beverage dispensers, commercial refrigeration equipment and more, Manitowoc Foodservice offers the broadest line of cold-focused foodservice equipment in the industry under the brand names of Manitowoc, Kolpak, Harford, McCall, Servend, Multiplex, McCann’s, and Koolaire.
About The Manitowoc Company The parent company, The Manitowoc Company, Inc., (NYSE: MTW) is one of the world’s leading providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. It is also a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair, and conversion services for government, military, and commercial customers throughout the U. S. maritime industry.