CORVALLIS, Ore. — Food Engineering Magazine named Stahlbush Island Farms the 2013 Sustainable Plant of the Year on Thursday. The annual award honors a food or beverage plant as the best example of manufacturing excellence.
Kevin Higgins with Food Engineering Magazine credits Stahlbush Island Farms with achieving a biogas system that has transformed Stahlbush Island into a “carbon negative” operation, meaning they remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they put out. That system, along with a holistic approach to food production, earned Stahlbush the distinction, Higgns said.
Entries for the Sustainable Plant of the Year award are judged on the company’s levels of innovation, business performance and management, as well as environmental impact.