Filipino food maker Ramar has been using clean energy
PITTSBURG, California — Ramar Foods, “America’s #1 Filipino Food company,” marked its 50th-year anniversary this year with its third-generation owners maintaining its signature flavors while powering production with the latest fuel cells from Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE).
In a partnership that began in 2011, Ramar Foods has been utilizing Bloom Energy Servers to provide primary power to one of its manufacturing plants. Last July, Bloom delivered its latest-generation fuel cell technology, providing the same 200 kilowatts of clean power to Ramar’s facilities while improving efficiency and operating costs.
Fuel cells take natural gas and generate clean energy without combustion, leading to higher energy output with fewer emissions. The new and improved servers will help Ramar maintain its commitment to the environment while investing any savings back into its people. Since 2013, Ramar Foods has prevented nearly one million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions with the help of Bloom Energy.
With the new upgraded system, Ramar is expected to decrease its carbon footprint from energy use by an additional 12%. With the new, upgraded Bloom Servers, Ramar Foods is now expected to offset 330,000 lbs. of CO2 annually, the equivalent of planting 2,475 trees each year. Bloom’s upgraded servers also use 40% less space than the prior model, while providing the same clean energy Ramar relies on to make its products.
California is known for its historical cases of drought, and Ramar Foods is taking an active role in conserving water as the new upgraded energy servers consume virtually no water in normal operation. With nearly a dozen brands of different Filipino and Asian frozen foods, from lumpia to longganisa sausages to its signature Ube ice cream, Ramar Foods intends to keep putting out the best products for consumers while taking responsibility for its impact on the environment.
“In continuation of our long legacy of making our products as cleanly as we can, we are thrilled to be working with Bloom Energy again on the upgrade of our energy servers,” said PJ Quesada, VP of Operations in Ramar Foods. “In today’s world, clean energy is not only a smart investment, but truly necessary for the next generation. Everything is for the future.”
Savings made from the energy servers are allocated towards a better focus for the company, such as product quality, producing more innovative flavors, and improving working conditions for its employees. Ramar Foods is a third-generation, family-operated company, constantly balancing new opportunities with careful stewardship of its employees, customers, and the environment in honor of what previous generations had built.
Ramar Foods adopts the practice of “Walang Sayang,” a Filipino phrase that translates to “no waste,” and working together with Bloom Energy brings them a long way toward that goal, while still passionately putting out the Filipino frozen food products that people love.