Top frozen food producer vows commitment to clean energy

Ramar Foods’s signature ube ice cream.

By Theo Capulong

Ramar Foods, a leading Filipino food company in America, has reached its milestone 50th-year anniversary in 2019.

As the company moves into its sixth decade, the third-generation owners are energized about maintaining their signature flavors while powering it all with the latest fuel cells from Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE).

In a partnership that began in 2011, Ramar Foods has been utilizing Bloom Energy Servers to provide primary power to one of its manufacturing plants. In July, Bloom delivered its latest-generation fuel cell technology, providing the same 200 kilowatts of clean power to Ramar’s facilities in Pittsburgh, Calif. while improving efficiency and operating costs, according to a statement. Fuel cells take natural gas and generate clean energy without combustion, leading to higher energy output with fewer emissions. The new and improved servers will help Ramar maintain its commitment to the environment while investing any savings back into its people.

Since 2013, Ramar Foods has prevented nearly one million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions with the help of Bloom Energy. With the new upgraded system, Ramar Foods is expected to decrease its carbon footprint from energy use by an additional 12 percent. With the new, upgraded Bloom Servers, Ramar Foods is now expected to offset 330,000 pounds of CO2 annually, the equivalent of planting 2,475 trees each year. Bloom’s upgraded servers also use 40 percent less space than the prior model, while providing the same clean energy Ramar relies on to make its products.

Other products include frozen longganisa…
Lumpia and dimsum products.

California is known for its historical cases of drought, and Ramar Foods is consciously taking an active role in conserving water as the new upgraded energy servers consume virtually no water in normal operation. With nearly a dozen brands of different Filipino and Asian frozen foods, from lumpia to longganisa sausages to their signature Ube ice cream under their umbrella, it has always been Ramar Foods’ intent that they keep putting out the best products that they can for consumers, all while taking responsibility for their impact on the environment.

“In continuation of our long legacy of making our products as cleanly as we can, we are thrilled to be working with Bloom Energy again on the upgrade of our energy servers,” said PJ Quesada, VP of Operations in Ramar Foods. “In today’s world, clean energy is not only a smart investment, but truly necessary for the next generation. Everything is for the future.”

Ramar Foods, a third-generation, family-operated company, is paving the way for future generations of Filipino communities and businesses to strengthen their green efforts while making their ancestors proud.

Ramar Foods adopts the practice of “Walang Sayang,” a Filipino phrase that translates to “no waste,” and working together with Bloom Energy brings them a long way toward that goal, while still passionately putting out the Filipino frozen food products that people love.

​Founded in 1969, Ramar’s goal is to bring the flavors of the Philippines to the overseas household.

Its 50 years of experience is attributed to its people, its deep relationship with the Filipino diaspora, and a commitment to understanding what brings satisfaction to Filipino families.

Ramar started manufacturing and distribution in North America. Started with lumpia (egg rolls), the company has expanded its selection to meats, ice cream, calamansi packets, shumai and siopao (Filipino bao). As the ice cream line has continued to grow, the company opened storefronts in San Francisco, Hawaii and Las Vegas. It markets its ice cream and frozen products to Asian grocery stores in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
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