ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Food Processing

The “food processing focus” is a partnership between EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and food processing companies to improve energy efficiency within their operations. Tools are available here to help improve manufacturing energy efficiency, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Annual Food Processing Focus Meeting

Annual Food Processing Focus Meeting

(Photo by Patricia Florescu, ICF)

Food processors can get started on a path of saving energy by using the ENERGY STAR Guidelines for Energy Management to build an energy management program, and then work within this food processing focus to learn best practices from the industry.  If you are a food processor who wants to get involved in your industry’s efforts to save energy, contact

Plant energy performance indicator (EPI) tools

Use the ENERGY STAR juice processing plant, frozen fried potato plant, and cookie and cracker baking plant EPIs to assess how efficiently these types of plants use energy relative to similar plants in the U.S. EPIs provide a 1 - 100 ENERGY STAR score for a quick understanding of how the plant is performing. Plants receiving a score of 75 or higher are eligible to earn ENERGY STAR certification.

For further information on these EPIs, contact Gale Boyd, Duke University at

Special opportunity to test a new food processing EPI

A plant energy performance indicator (EPI) for tomato product processing is currently under testing. Help is needed in reviewing the model before it can be finalized. If you are interested in providing testing assistance, please Gale Boyd at Duke University at

Plant energy guides

Use the food processing energy guide Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Fruit and Vegetable Processing Industry to find ways to improve fruit and vegetable processing plant energy performance.

Baking plants can find similar information in the baking energy guide Energy Efficiency Improvement and Cost Saving Opportunities for the Baking Industry.

Participating organizations

  • Cargill*
  • ConAgra*
  • Ellison Bakeries
  • John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc**
  • Kraft*
  • Oakstate*
  • Ocean Spray*
  • Ralcorp Holdings Inc.*
  • Schulze and Burch Biscuit Co.*
  • Shearer's Foods Inc*
  • The Bama Companies, Inc.*
  • American Bakers Association
  • Aryzta
  • Basic American Foods*
  • Best Harvest
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA*
  • Campbell Soup
  • Del Monte
  • East Balt Commissary*
  • General Mills*
  • Flowers Foods
  • Harlan Bakeries
  • Heinz*
  • H&S Bakery
  • Kellogg*
  • Klosterman
  • Kroger*
  • McCormick*
  • McKenney’s
  • Mid South Baking
  • Mississippi Baking
  • Nestle
  • Northeast Foods*
  • PepsiCo**
  • Pepperidge Farm, Inc.*
  • Simplot*
  • Sons Bakery
  • Tennessee Bun Company*
  • Turano Baking Company*
  • Weston Foods

* denotes ENERGY STAR Partners

** denotes ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardees