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Food and beverage sector energy consumption to fall 18% by 2050

The food and beverage industry in the EU is expected to use 18 per cent less energy by 2050, according to a study from the European Commission.

The survey also revealed that overall energy consumption within the EU is predicted to increase by over 400 billion kWh during the next 34 years - a 13 per cent rise across the eight industries that account for 98 per cent of the EU’s industrial energy use.

However, the overall figure was dominated by two sectors – chemicals and pharmaceutical (40 per cent growth) and iron and steel (13 per cent growth), with the six other industries were all forecast to reduce their energy consumption by 2050.

Here at Gibbons, we’re not surprised that the food and beverage sector is set to reduce its energy consumption for the foreseeable future. Over the last three decades there has been an increasing use of variable-speed drives in the industry, with the devices gradually replacing traditional flow-control methods such as valves and dampers.

VSDs allow food and beverage process managers to precisely control the speed of electric motor-driven processes such as conveyors, mixers, pumps and fans. This enables greater accuracy of ingredient dosage, more consistent output, higher-quality products and, of course, lower energy consumption.

We’ve been supplying and installing ABB drives to the food and beverage sector for many years, which means we know all about the unique challenges of this competitive and demanding industry. Our engineers are available to visit site outside normal operating hours in order to keep disruption to a minimum and allow producers to maximise output. As an ABB Authorized Value Provider we also offer preventative maintenance, training and technical support to ensure users enjoy the best possible performance from their drives.

To discuss how to enhance the energy-efficiency of your process, call Drives Manager Alan Roberts on 07966 468430 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors, Pumps & Controls

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