Food company feeds off solar power


A Carrum Downs-based company is backing up its commitment to allergy-friendly and healthy foods by making a major move towards renewable energy.

Orgran Health & Nutrition, which exports its gluten, wheat, egg, dairy, yeast, nut and GMO-free food products to more than 70 countries, began installing 694 solar panels on its Aster Ave head office and factory last December. The panels yield a total of 276,000 kWh per year, powering a substantial portion of the company’s operation, and any excess power is directly transferred back to the grid, allowing the company to share its clean energy with both commercial and residential properties within the area.

Orgran is a division of Roma Food Products, whose chief executive, Owen Nelson, said had made the move towards minimising carbon emissions, reducing overall energy consumption and actively participating in the global fight against climate change.

“We are committed to protecting the environment with programs that include recycling and waste reduction, responsible sourcing of raw materials and the installation of rainwater collection tanks,” Mr Nelson said. “Today we have made a significant investment into the use of solar energy at our manufacturing facility, which will assist in reducing our dependence on non-renewable electricity sources over time.”

Orgran was established in 1985 by brothers Frank and Max Buontempo, who recognised a need for alternative grain foods that catered for allergy sufferers and decided to manufacture a range of gluten, wheat, egg, dairy, yeast and nut free products. Armed with strong ethical values and a commitment towards continuous improvement, their company quickly grew to become a pioneer in the health food industry and today manufactures more than 90 products including flour, bread and baking mixes, biscuits, breakfast cereals, egg substitutes, desserts, pastas and snacks.

ORGRAN Health & Nutrition

47-53 Aster Avenue, Carrum Downs

P: 9776 9044


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