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

PineSpire’s Growing Team

by Nancy Brockman

PineSpire rounded out 2021 with significant growth in our team.  We are excited to share more information about our new members and their role in supporting customers and ensuring PineSpire continues to help more businesses benefit from electrification.

Desari Vallejos, Electrification Specialist: Desari goes the extra mile to ensures the job gets done and her customers receive the services they need. Using her expertise in electrification and battery technology, Desari finds energy solutions specifically tailored to each customer’s needs and opportunities.  Desari’s background includes establishing long-term successful customer relationships, managing teams, and teaching others the skills they need to succeed. 

Brennan Wiest, Regional Sales Manager: Brennan’s takes an advisory role with customers to help them navigate the complex world of energy credits. This includes providing education, carbon credit service, fleet inventory support, and planning opportunities. He has a diverse background in sales roles, as well as a bachelor’s in Marketing from California State University of San Bernardino.

Angela Quiterio, Sales Operations Analyst: Angela is responsible for ensuring PineSpire has clear communication with customers and reaches more businesses with carbon credit opportunities.  As Sales Ops Analyst, Angela supports our sales team by providing easy-to-digest updates for customers about evolving regulations and new services.  Angela has a background in marketing and a degree in Global Business and Marketing from Suffolk University.

Electrify Your Yard Goat – Funding Available!

by pinespire

Yard Goats can eat up a lot of time and resources keeping old diesel engines in compliance with tightening air quality regulations.  Valley Air has grant funding currently available to solve that problem.  With Valley Air’s current Truck Replacement Grant, you can apply for grant funding of up to $200,000 for a new all-electric yard goat. 

Moving to a zero-emission all-electric yard goat will get you out of the cycle of air quality mitigation and reporting and back to focusing on your operations. The all-electric vehicles, available from several manufacturers, are easy to operate, lower fuel and maintenance cost, and most importantly create revenue from vehicle charging credits in CARB’s LCFS program every time you use them. PineSpire has many customers already operating these heavy-duty EVs and earning LCFS credits.  

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Monetize Your EV Fleet: Learn How

by Ryan Huggins

Monetizing Your EV Fleet with LCFS Credits! 15 Minute Webinar Presentation

PineSpire presented at this March, 2021 virtual meeting of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization

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After watching this video available on our RESOURCES page, if you would like us to conduct a workshop, speak at an association event, or present at a board or senior leadership venue, we would be happy to discuss your needs and create a customized presentation for you.

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