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Adopting energy technology could save Food Options about £12k p.a.

A Resource Efficient Scotland opportunity assessment identified energy efficiency improvements at Food Options Ltd. A Government SME loan helped the company to purchase the equipment that could potentially save £12,000 a year

Food Options Ltd, established in 2002, supplies a range of chilled and frozen foods, and a range of grocery products and non-food items.  From its 1,500 square metre, custom-built premises in Livingston, Food Options provides a daily service throughout Scotland and North East England using its own fleet of dual-temperature vehicles. The company has third-party accreditation from NSF-CMi and is rated as ‘Gold Standard’.

The company contacted Resource Efficient Scotland as it was interested in exploring opportunities to improve its energy efficiency. A Resource Efficient Scotland advisor carried out an opportunity assessment and recommended that Food Options change its existing lighting to energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) and investigate the viability of voltage optimisation and power factor correction.

The company decided to implement these recommendations and again turned to Resource Efficient Scotland for help, this time in the form of an SME loan. Following a successful application, the company installed LED lighting, and voltage optimisation and power factor correction equipment. It is expected that Food Options will realise annual cost savings of over £10,000 from these improvements.


“From our initial enquiry to Resource Efficient Scotland right through to installing the new technology, we have been extremely pleased with the advice and support we have received – and delighted with the savings we are likely to achieve. We would strongly encourage SMEs that are considering reducing their energy consumption to contact Resource Efficient Scotland for free, independent advice before they do anything else.” Alan Maxwell, Finance Director, Food Options Ltd.


You may be interested in reading how we supported Golden Acre Mini Mart with an upgrade of its lighting and refrigeration. The result was a 30% reducing in annual electricity costs. Energy aside, if you are wanting to prevent your retail food waste, read 

Mo’s convenience Store's story about staff engagement and value add on what would have been wasted products. 

Our support is funded by the Scottish Government and by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

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