Paper-based consumer goods manufacturer Kimberly-Clark has teamed up with United Renewable Energy to build a 3 megawatt solar power array of more than 8,600 solar panels at a non-woven materials plant in Lagrange, George.
All of the power generated by the panels — along with renewable energy credits acquired by Kimberly-Clark — will be sold or provided to Georgia Power under Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative, according to the company.
Kimberly-Clark is purchasing renewable energy credits from NextEra Energy Resources to offset greenhouse gas emissions.
“The project is a source of pride for LaGrange employees, and purchasing RECs from NextEra Energy Resources helps us strive towards our global goal of a 40% offset in greenhouse gas emissions by 2022,” said Jeremy Cannady, mill manager at Kimberly-Clark’s LaGrange facility.
This is not Kimberly-Clark’s first foray into renewable energy, and it follows a trend among large manufacturers trying to build renewable energy capabilities.
In 2017, for example, the Wisconsin-based company announced plans to purchase 1 million megawatt hours from wind farms in Oklahoma and Texas.
At the time, the purchase accounted for about one-third of KC’s North American manufacturing energy needs, and it permitted the company to exceed its greenhouse gas reduction goal four years early.
Online retailer Be & Cheery is known for selling nuts, dried fruits, meat snacks and baked goods via an e-commerce platform.
Now, Be & Cheery is part of PepsiCo under a $705 million deal.
In a news release regarding the acquisition, PepsiCo praised Be & Cheery’s effective use of digital tools and “strong data-led innovation capability” that allows it to quickly adjust its manufacturing posture and product portfolio to respond to consumer tastes and trends.
“Be & Cheery is highly complementary to our existing China business with its broad product portfolio, asset light model, and focus on e-commerce,” said Ram Krishnan, CEO of PepsiCo Greater China.
Be & Cheery was founded in 2003 and has grown to become one of the largest online snack retailers in China with more than $711 million in revenues in 2019.
PepsiCo purchased the brand from jujube maker Haoxiangni Health Food Co Ltd. Jujubes are a type of Chinese red date.
The company said it decided to sell, according to Reuters, to focus on its jujube business.
In GrayMatter’s latest Project X, a Fortune 500 manufacturing company teams with GrayMatter to implement a powerful, scalable cybersecurity solution.
Using threat-detection software, the company built an early-warning system that can alert the right people when someone mistakenly clicks a malicious email link or plugs in a compromised USB flash drive.
Read more about how GrayMatter’s cybersecurity collaboration allows the company to prevent a potentially costly ransomware intrusion.
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