In order to comply with new Massachusetts regulations preventing the disposal of food waste in landfills, Ahold sought a way to beneficially reuse unsalable organic material from their grocery stores throughout the New England region, resulting in the development of an anaerobic digester.
Dennis Group designed and built a Product Recovery Operation (PRO) at Ahold’s distribution center. The PRO facility consists of equipment capable of processing 130 tons of food waste daily, converting the waste into feedstock for a 1.3 MM gallon anaerobic digester.
Biogas produced for the anaerobic digestion process powers a 1.1 MW generator, providing renewable energy to power the distribution center.
The facility reduces Ahold’s food waste to landfill by 25,000 tons annually.
The PRO plan produces 30% of the distribution center’s electricity.
Dennis Group was able to secure $1.3 MM in energy efficiency rebates and grants for the project.
Project involved the development of a greenfield regional meat processing and packaging facility for Ahold USA/Vantage Foods. Ahold is the parent company of Stop and Shop and Giant supermarket stores and the new facility provides fresh, case ready, meat products to these store chains through New England, Pennsylvania, and Northern Maryland.
Dennis Group provided LEED administrative services for the project which included project credit submission, tracking, start up and commissioning, and final submission to the United States Green Building Council. Upon completion of this effort, the facility received LEED Certified status.
Specific technical features of the project procured, managed, and constructed by The Dennis Group include a 24,000 lbs ammonia refrigeration system with 5 compressors, approximately 65,000 SF of refrigerated meat processing space, a multi-bay receiving and shipping dock, complete ESFR sprinkler system with a fire pump, and diesel back up generator.
The facility also boasts a complete onsite waste water treatment facility with two lift stations.
Site work development included grading, storm water management, parking, and secured access, and a two story employee service area, with locker rooms, cafeteria, and office space.
The project is currently producing in excess of 1 million pounds of packaged meat weekly. In addition, the project team was able to pass a rigorous USDA inspection of the facility on the first attempt, which speaks to the quality of construction and attention to sanitary detail.
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