What are some of the issues
facing supermarkets today?
Erica Vranak: One of the highest
volume and steady producers of food
waste is the U.S. grocery industry.
On average, one in every seven truckloads of food products delivered to
supermarkets is thrown away. Given
the continued focus on fresh and
freshly prepared foods in grocery this
number could easily escalate in the
How is Emerson helping to
resolve this issue?
Emerson is responding to this issue
with technological innovations
like the Grind2Energy food waste
recycling system. Grind2Energy is
a non-sewer based alternative to
landfills and traditional compost
programs that recycles unavoidable
food waste into renewable energy—
either in the form of electricity, heat
or compressed natural gas.
It is a solution every supermarket
should consider. Grind2Energy
decreases contributions to landfills
while generating clean, renewable
energy. The system helps keep facilities cleaner and more efficient and
is ideal for places producing a high
volume of fresh prepared food, such
as grocery stores, stadiums, casinos,
colleges and universities, or convention centers.
With our expertise in cold chain
and food disposal, Emerson is
uniquely positioned to help food
retailers optimize energy efficiency
and divert organics from landfills.
Emerson Commercial & Residential
Solutions delivers technologies that
help our retail customers decrease
energy use, increase operational efficiencies, reduce food waste and get
the most from limited resources.
Energy efficiency and reduced
waste mean that the goods we need
are produced with less of an impact
on the environment and fewer natural
resources. These efficiencies are
good for business and they also help
our customers improve their environmental stewardship.
What is the backstory of
Grind2Energy is a business unit of
Emerson, based in St. Louis. Within
Emerson Commercial & Residential
Solutions, Grind2Energy is one of
our flagship innovations. We are a
global leader in bringing technology
and engineering together to provide
innovative solutions for customers in
industrial, commercial and consumer
markets around the world.
With Grind2Energy, food waste
is ground on-site using a customized, industrial-strength InSinkErator
grinder and converted into energy-rich slurry. The slurry is transported to
an anaerobic digestion facility where
methane is extracted for energy
production. The remaining bio-solids
become nutrient-rich fertilizer.
What is the name Grind2Energy
The Grind2Energy name is synonymous with sustainability.
Sustainability is increasingly important to the success of any business
sector, including food retailers. As
regulations continue to tighten and
public awareness drives businesses
toward cleaner energy, environmental
responsibility has become critical to
How is technology changing the
Grind2Energy user experience?
Our new Internet of Things (Io T)-enabled Grind2Energy system will
provide the Emerson team with
remote visibility and real-time data
from any system installed around the
world. This advanced connectivity
solution manages communications
between the Io T data, Emerson’s
hauler scheduling application and
Grind2Energy’s Dashboard User
Interface. This solution enables
Emerson to proactively support and
service the customer, creating the
best possible user experience.
In addition, the solution provides
data storage for all historical information, such as tank level, water pressure, grinder voltage, system events
and alarms sent from Grind2Energy
to Emerson. With this new Io T-enabled system, Emerson will be
able to optimize uptime, improve tank
monitoring and pump-out scheduling, leverage data for predictive
maintenance, create sustainability
reports and help customers eliminate
unnecessary waste and shrinkage.
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
Recycling food waste into renewable energy can help retailers be more
environmentally responsible, says Erica Vranak, senior marketing manager for
Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions.