Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia is one of Australia’s leading fruit manufacturing services, situated in the heart of Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Since 2001, the family-owned business has been producing local, high quality fruit-based products for retailers, private businesses, and marketing companies, including some of Australia’s best-loved food and beverage companies.
Without power, Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia has no business. The company relies on daily energy to run its pasteurisers, boilers and cookers in the factory – and that’s only the beginning! With energy-intensive activities at the core of its business operations, Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia knew that it needed a lower cost long-term energy solution.
The company started working with Flow Power to better understand its energy consumption and keep its energy costs low at peak times. It has begun to move towards shifting its production cycles for greater efficiency and signed onto a corporate renewable power purchase agreement (PPA), that will deliver low-cost renewable energy right up to the end of 2030. “Flow Power can help us better understand our energy use and the many ways in which we can reduce our production costs.”
The PPA allows Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia to secure direct access to long term energy at low cost prices. This renewable energy can be used in real time to offset grid electricity consumption and reduce overall emissions.
“Some of our customers may require green energy use as a prerequisite to do business with in the future, so we are making changes now” says Managing Director, Laurie Modaffari.
Introducing long-term, low-cost renewables into it’s energy strategy allows Aussie Growers Fruits Australasia to look at more efficient ways of driving costs down. The company is also working towards trialing longer operations on the days without peak energy periods, and halting production on days when energy is in high demand.
“We are now more mindful of switching things off when we don’t need them, or they aren’t in use to save power,” says Managing Director, Laurie Modaffari.