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Lighting Upgrades Bring Over $300,000 in Sweet Savings for Mondelēz Canada

Mondelēz Canada received incentives through the Save on Energy Retrofit P to upgrade and update its Gladstone manufacturing plant in Toronto, it has reaped the benefits of reduced energy costs through energy-efficient upgrades.
Mondelēz Canada is a leader in manufacturing chocolate, biscuits, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages. As of 2012, its portfolio included Cadbury branded products that are manufactured at the Gladstone Plant in Toronto by its Canadian subsidiary. The plant was built in 1904, so it naturally presented both opportunities and challenges for achieving energy-efficiencies.

“Our energy team’s mission is to be the most environmentally friendly plant in Mondelēz International,” said Doug Dittburner, Managing Chief  Engineer and Energy Team Leader at the Cadbury chocolate factory. “One of our unique challenges with a building this old is maintaining the correct temperature and humidity in some of the production areas.”

On the agenda were lighting optimization, adding control systems to air compressors, and installing variable frequency drives (VFDs) on operating systems.
Toronto Hydro was instrumental in helping the Mondelēz team launch each project – from helping to determine the scope of work to providing calculations for savings and identifying future opportunities.
“Our people are really proud about what we are doing for the environment with our energy reduction campaign,” explained Dittburner. “It makes us more cost-effective, which we want to be, and I really think our customers want to see companies doing this.”
After making the upgrades, Mondelēz Canada’s plant benefitted from energy savings and lowered costs. Its combined annual savings are over $300,000, something Dittburner is thrilled about. “We’d have to make a lot of chocolate bars to make that much money.”

“We are looking forward to working with our local hydro company and the Save on Energy program to complete more projects, the second phase of our insulation and lighting projects, as well as implementing new energy-efficiency ideas,” said Dittenburner.


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