Dragonberry Produce: Sustainability is Smart

by Ryan Huggins

At Dragonberry Produce, everything is done with intention and purpose. As President, Amy Nguyen brings her passion to all aspects of the business and facilities, guided by the principle that each element should “Be Beautiful, Intelligently Designed, and Meaningful”. That attention to detail and focus on quality has driven Dragonberry’s success as a leading produce company specializing in unique fruits.

Dragonfruit, one of the unique fruits packaged at Dragonberry's sustainable facility
Dragonfruit

Partnering with PineSpire in the Clean Fuels Program (CFP) in Oregon has allowed Dragonberry to create revenue from operating electric material handling equipment and will increase with new EV chargers and e-TRU chargers. This program aligns with their guiding principles on sustainability:

“Sustainability is Smart”

Amy Nguyen, President, Dragonberry Produce

Located in Canby, Oregon, Dragonberry’s facility was the first LEED-Certified building for produce distribution in Oregon! The Dragonberry facilities incorporate all of the following elements:

  • Zen Garden Landscaping to provide a beautiful space for all employees and the community to enjoy while also conserving water and fostering native plant species
  • Meticulously designed Air Quality throughout all working spaces to ensure employees in offices and on the floor benefit from natural light and clean air. This also optimizes lighting efficiency and reduce operating costs.
  • Using an Electric Fleet of lift trucks, moving to electric Transport Refrigeration Units and providing EV Charging for employees. This reduces operating costs, dramatically cuts fuel costs, and adds a benefit for employees looking to fuel their own EVs.
Zen Garden at Dragonberry's Facility in Canby.
Zen Garden at Dragonberry’s Facility in Canby

The smart investments are contributing to Dragonberry’s growth: a second facility will be done in 2022 and a third in following years. This expansion will house Dragonberry’s sweet nut production line and will use the same principles of creating a happy and healthy work environment.

Expansion of Dragonberry's Produce Distribution Center
Expansion of Dragonberry’s Produce Distribution Center

To get a taste of the beautiful premium specialty fruit designed by Dragonberry, join the Dragonberry Fruit Club, a boutique fruit delivery services delivering high quality, unique fruit to the finest fruit connisseur.

PineSpire is pleased to have this opportunity to feature Dragonberry Produce as our June Customer of the month. To learn more about how your company can benefit from smart planning and participating in the Clean Fuels Program like Dragonberry has, contact PineSpire: Contact@PineSpire.com

Quady Winery: PineSpire’s Customer of the Month

by Ryan Huggins

The San Joaquin Valley, known for its rich agriculture, is the home of the interationally renowned Quady Winery, a gem that keeps you coming back for more. Quady specializes in sweet wines and have mastered the use of rare muscat grape varieties since 1975. In addition to making great wine, Quady has made sustainable practices an integrated part of their operations. Enrolling with PineSpire to create LCFS credits has boosted their sustainable operations, and revenue, even further.

“The decision to enroll in LCFS program was common sense.”

Allie Quady, Safety and Sustainability Officer at Quady Winery

Currently, Quady has 5 electric forklifts and is looking to acquire more. The revenue coming from LCFS Credits contributes to the budget for new electric forklifts and infrastructure. Another added benefit of electric forklifts: Operators prefer them to propane!

Electric Forklift being used to handle Quady Wines with no emissions
Forklift Operators report preferring Electric Lift Trucks to propane. And with no emissions, the wine does too.

In addition to electrifying their material-handling equipment, Quady Winery has made strides in sustainable operations that are also improving their bottom line:

  • Going solar! Over 80% of Quady’s energy usage is met by on-site solar generation
  • Finding ways to reduce water use while capturing more nutrients, including a planned microbe-driven filtration and recycling system
  • Sourcing lighter weight, more sustainable glass bottles and integrating sustainability into packaging and purchasing decisions. All steps we at PineSpire appreciate as wine consumers.
  • Pursuing a Certified Sustainable status for the entire winery (beyond their already certified sustainable grapes) and achieving carbon neutrality
Solar Array powering Quady Wines Operations
Solar at Quady Winery lowers operating costs while boosting sustainability.

Choosing to invest in forward-thinking, sustainable operational upgrades is a no-brainer. The hard part is deciding which of these wines to have first! Electra? Vya? Starboard? You can sign up for the Wine Club to here to enjoy them all.

Quady Muscat wines are produced with care, quality, and sustainability in mind
Quady Muscat wines are produced with care, quality, and sustainability in mind.

April Client of the Month: Ramar Foods

by pinespire

Ramar Foods began as a small, family-owned company who wanted to share their delicious recipes from the Philippines with North America. With more than 50 years of success, Ramar has expanded into the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets and has plans to go beyond. PineSpire is thrilled to highlight the vibrant business as our Customer of the Month.

While Ramar is all about delicious food and doing it well, they are also passionate about sustainability. Currently, the following investments lower their carbon footprint while making smart financial sense:

  • Investing in Electric Equipment for Operations
  • Electric Car Chargers for Employees
  • Solar PV system generating energy on all available rooftops
  • On-site fuel cell generator

With core values of excellence, innovation, community, and nourishing culture, it comes as no surprise that Ramar is participating in the LCFS program. Ramar has hybrid truck refrigeration units, EV car chargers, and a range of electric lift trucks all generating carbon credit revenue.

Some of the additional benefits they are reaping thought being involved are:

  • Air quality improvements for employees who are not exposed to idling vehicles or exhaust
  • Providing charging for staff vehicles as a great employee ‘perk’
  • Reducing Green House Gas Emissions from their operations by 175 MT of Carbon per year, compared to using conventional fueled equipment
  • Fuel cost predictability: On-site Solar energy generation helps stabilize energy cost, including the cost of forklift charging
Hybrid Electric Truck RefrigerationUnits
Hybrid Electric Truck Refrigeration Units ready to deliver delicious ice cream and frozen foods, without the carbon emissions

The company that started in 1969 with 3 employees and now has over 300! They are also expanding facilities to keep up with growing demand for their food. Headquartered in Pittsburg, California, Ramar produces everything from staple Filipino foods to our personal favorite ice cream flavor “Mais y Queso” (Corn and Cheese)! We highly recommend visiting their website to find out where and how to purchase their products.

Fan Favorite Flavor: Mais y Queso Ice Cream!
Fan Favorite Flavor: Mais y Queso Ice Cream! A Filipino classic.