Sabra Dipping Company’s new 106,475 square foot expansion recently achieved LEED Gold New Construction Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – a first for a manufacturer in the state of Virginia. This latest expansion, designed and built by The Dennis Group, uses 44% less energy and 45% less water than a typical food processing facility, while at the same time doubling Sabra’s production capacity to help keep pace with rapidly growing demand for Sabra products.
In order to achieve LEED Gold, the facility went beyond energy and water savings. More than 20% of the construction materials were sourced from recycled content, and only low and no-VOC paints and coatings were utilized to ensure healthy indoor air quality for the building occupants.
“Sabra is all about making delicious, kitchen fresh hummus and creating fresh connections. This commitment drives us to support the well-being of our employees, our community, our environment and our consumers” stated Meiky Tollman, Sabra’s global growth and capabilities VP. “Sabra’s kitchen fresh products are made from the finest fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that grow in the earth; our logo features an image of the sun we share. We are committed to improving peoples lives, not only through product innovation, but also in social responsibility, doing our part to cherish and protect the environment. We’re proud of this facility and all who contributed to its success.”
Sabra is at the forefront of manufacturers who consider sustainability an important criterion to consider when siting, constructing and operating a facility. “Manufacturing, and food processing specifically, is inherently resource intensive” noted Mary Frances Stotler, director of sustainability at The Dennis Group. “Mitigating energy and water usage is not only good for the environment, but also makes sound financial sense. The pay-back period for most energy efficiency initiatives is very short.”
About The Dennis Group, LLC
The Dennis Group, LLC is the premier planning, design, process engineering and construction management firm exclusively servicing the food and beverage industry. As a single-source supplier with an in-house team of architects, engineers of all disciplines, system modelers, and project and construction managers, they are able to support projects of all sizes from conception through start-up. Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, they execute national and international projects out of six offices located in the United States, Brazil and Canada.
About Sabra Dipping Company, LLC
Sabra Dipping Company, LLC is the leader in the refrigerated dips and spreads category and producer of America’s top-selling hummus. Sabra’s award-winning products include more than a dozen flavors of hummus and a wide range of refrigerated dips and spreads including salsa, guacamole and Greek yogurt dip. Sabra’s range of offerings include items that are non-GMO, vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher and vegan and can be found nationwide in club stores, supermarkets, specialty retailers and through food service. Sabra operates a gold LEED certified factory in Virginia. Find Sabra at www.sabra.com, www.facebook.com/sabra and @Sabra on Twitter and Instagram.
Sabra Dipping Company was formed as a U.S./Canadian joint venture between Strauss Group and PepsiCo. The Sabra joint venture draws on both Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, and Strauss Group’s expertise to continue building this growing business
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