Food producer GFB to offset electricity consumption at Kentwood facility with renewables

KENTWOOD — Certified B Corp and Food Producer The GFB: The Gluten-Free Bar now participate in a Energy consumers program to fully offset the electricity consumption of its Kentwood production plant with renewable energy.

The company, which makes a variety of gluten-free snacks and foods at 4053 Brockton Drive SE, announced the new contract as part of the Jackson-based utility’s renewable energy program. The clean energy supply adds to the facility’s zero-waste status, diverting more than 90% of its annual food waste from landfills.

The Consumer Renewable Energy Program allows participants to offset their electricity use from Michigan-generated wind and solar power.

“We have always been committed to making the best products possible, using only plant-based, gluten-free ingredients,” Marshall Rader, who co-founded The GFB with his brother Elliott, said in a statement. “By participating in this program, we can also choose better energy sources, which helps our company minimize its environmental footprint.”

The GFB became a Certified B Corp in 2015 and is one of approximately 120 food companies in the United States and Canada with the designation.

Customer demand has helped meet utility clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, and voluntary programs for businesses to offset their electricity use with renewables have led to investments in new projects. In February, the Detroit-based utility Energy DTE released a request for proposals for 500 megawatts of new wind, solar and battery storage to support its voluntary renewable energy program.

“Consumers Energy will continue to meet the needs of Michigan customers who want to be powered by clean energy, and we are proud to partner with The GFB to support their goal of becoming a sustainable brand for their customers, their colleagues and our state” , Sarah Nielsen, executive director of transportation, renewable energy and consumer storage, said in a statement. “Every enrollment in this program helps reduce carbon emissions and support a clean energy future for all.”

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