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Vanguard Renewables and New England Natural Bakers Partner To Tackle Food Waste

Vanguard Renewables and New England Natural Bakers Partner To Tackle Food Waste

Published 04-17-24

Submitted by Vanguard Renewables

New England Natural Bakers, a Greenfield, Massachusetts-based leader in organic granola, including their latest brand, Trunola, is proving that delicious treats can go hand-in-hand with environmental responsibility. This employee-owned company, with a long history of social and environmental commitment dating back to 1977, has been partnering with Vanguard Renewables to tackle food waste from its manufacturing process since 2020.

Their dedication to sustainability shines through their President and Chief Executive Officer, Chuck Marble, who shared, "Sustainability is at the core of everything we do." This partnership tackles the inevitable food waste generated during production by diverting it from landfills and transforming it into a champion for the environment: renewable gas.

Here's how it works: inedible scraps and leftover materials from the granola-making process are sent to a Vanguard Renewables Farm Powered® facility. There, through a process called anaerobic digestion, this food waste gets a new lease on life. Combined with cow manure from Bar-Way Farm in Deerfield, MA, food waste and manure are recycled in a sealed tank where naturally occurring microbe's breakdown the organic materials and creates biogas. This biogas is then refined into clean-burning renewable gas, that goes on to power towns, businesses, and even nearby homes.

This partnership reduces the environmental impact of food waste, a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and aligns perfectly with New England Natural Bakers' commitment to sustainability. As Marble emphasizes, "fighting climate change is incredibly important to our company and our customers."

Learn more about New England Natural Bakers and Vanguard Renewables by watching the short video above.

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Vanguard Renewables, based in Weston, Massachusetts, is a national leader in developing food and dairy waste-to-renewable energy projects. The Company owns and operates on-farm anaerobic digester facilities in the northeast and currently operates manure-only digesters in the south and west for Dominion Energy. The Company plans to expand to more than 150 anaerobic digestion facilities by 2026. Vanguard Renewables is committed to advancing decarbonization by reducing greenhouse gas emissions from farms and food waste and supporting regenerative agriculture on partner farms through anaerobic digestion. Vanguard Renewables is a portfolio company of BlackRock Real Assets. To learn more about the Company, its energy partners, and the Farm Powered Strategic Alliance, visit

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