Tetra Pak, a multinational food packaging and processing company, joined a commitment with other businesses in June 2016 to go 100 percent renewable by 2030. As of July this year, the company reached 50 percent of that goal and, with the help of the Wellspring for Business program offered through Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives, it will reach 100 percent in January 2019.
Tetra Pak purchases power for its Winsted, Minn., facilities from McLeod Cooperative Power and is the most recent business in Great River Energy’s service territory to sign a multi-year commitment for renewable energy through the Wellspring for Business offering.
McLeod Cooperative Power and Great River Energy will supply Tetra Pak with renewable energy credits and retire them on behalf of the business, ensuring that they are using renewable energy to power their operations.
“This program provides a new partnership option for businesses interested in renewable energy and looking for ways to achieve their sustainability goals and reduce their carbon footprint in an easy, affordable way,” said Jill Eide, program manager and key account executive at Great River Energy.
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company, operating in more than 160 countries. With more than 24,000 employees around the world, Tetra Pak believes in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business.
It is one of three companies in the Tetra Laval Group that started in Sweden and today is headquartered in Switzerland. The company’s Winsted plant manufactures stainless steel processing equipment, and evaporation and drying technology.
“It is Tetra Pak’s goal to have all of their processing plants utilizing 100 percent renewable electricity,” said LeRoy Pomraning, safety and environmental manager at the Winsted site.