Sweet savings for Jelly Babies factory

Posted on 19 May 2009 by The Manufacturer

Confectionary giant Cadbury has detailed changes to some of its production processes which will save 300 tonnes of CO2 and £59,500 a year.

The firm has achieved the reduction by replacing the motors and drive belts on the gum stoves at its Jelly Baby making Trebor Basset factory in Sheffield with more efficient ones. The upgrades provide only the power needed and have variable settings to suit demand.

“The new specification is much more efficient than our previous set up and we’re really starting to see a healthy reduction in our energy consumption,” said chief engineer at the factory, Tim Jeffries. “With careful monitoring, we have discovered that the previous 11kw motors were more powerful than we actually needed. The (new) 4kw motors are equally effective and, with the Polychain belts and variable drives, they are remarkably economical.”

The changes were orchestrated by industrial support firm Brammer. Its head of marketing, Jeremy Salisbury, said: “It’s important that any manufacturing operation looks to make itself as efficient as possible to improve competitiveness but, if you’re committed to making a difference to the environment, energy efficiency has a double benefit. Cadbury is backing up its commitment to carbon savings and is reaping the financial savings as a result”.

The upgrades were made as part of Cadbury’s “Purple Goes Green” campaign which has the overall aim of cutting the firm’s carbon emissions 50 per cent by the year 2020.