Kerrygold has an enviable reputation for its pedigree dairy produce which readily translates into commercial success. Established in 1962, Kerrygold was created to unite all butter from the lush ‘Emerald Isle’ under one brand featuring the distinctive namesake foil wrapping.
Launched in the north west of England, it soon became a premium brand across the British Isles and is marketed in 60 countries as ‘the very best from Ireland’.
In short, Kerrygold is successful, but the business needed to replace its existing cheese packing facility in Leek, Staffordshire, with a new 15,000 m2 factory on an adjacent site. It was a substantial, carefully planned investment that effectively avoided any interruption in production and delivery. The new plant has 550 employees and packs over 60,000 tons of cheese per annum with the capacity to further expand to 80,000 tons.
WT Parker was there to help realise this ambition – and help the design incorporate environmental and sustainable features to reduce energy consumption with the use of natural light, energy efficient motors and lighting, and heat recovery systems.
Enviably Green Cheese
The business whose dairy produce is literally rooted in the green grass of Ireland had to build a facility that would be one of the most environmentally friendly facilities of its kind in Europe.
The project team at WT Parker played a key role in deploying a range of sustainable, environmentally beneficial technologies across the site to include:
• Design, fabrication, and installation of two packaged substations for HV/LV with a combined output of 3,200 KVA inside custom-built enclosures.
• Installation of two 1250 Amp header bus-bars above the production area to power 24 production lines.
• General warehouse and production lighting with HF Fluorescent luminaires utilising T5 lamps.
• Control of office lighting by lux level sensors with dimming detectors.
Productivity Doesn’t Cost a Packet
Thanks to WT Parker’s own pedigree as a top class electrical contractor, it worked closely with Kerrygold on site to:
• Daily save 5 kW of energy in daylight with sunpipes replacing 90 light fittings.
• Provide a highly efficient Combined Heat and Power plant to generate 100 kW of electricity alongside 225 kW of waste heat to pre-heat water.
• Promote energy savings of about 56% with PIR lighting in non-production areas.
• Reduce the factory’s carbon footprint by 15% using green technology such as 10kW worth of photovoltaic cells at roof level.
• Create efficient high and low care production areas and improved air filtration and temperature controls.
You could say that Kerrygold has the added edge of ‘the best of British’ from WT Parker.