Food Industry Favors Autogas for Fleet Fuel

With the help of their local Clean Cities Coalitions, powerhouses in the foodservice industry like Alpha Baking, H&S Bakery and Frito-Lay are filling the streets with more than just the aroma of fresh-baked goods. They are cleaning up the air in the communities they serve by fueling their fleet with clean-burning, domestically produced propane autogas.

Over its lifetime, each of H&S Bakery’s ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint. Photo credit Shawn Paterakis.
Over its lifetime, each of H&S Bakery’s ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint. Photo credit Shawn Paterakis.

H&S Bakery, a long-standing provider of hearth-baked goods, operates 16 propane autogas fueled ROUSH CleanTech Ford F-59 delivery trucks in Baltimore, Md., thanks in part to a Maryland Clean Cities Coalition grant from the Maryland Energy Administration. Over its lifetime, each of these clean-burning trucks will eliminate about 117,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from the company’s carbon footprint.

The company, which is already in the process of purchasing 30 more propane autogas vehicles in the next year, has installed a private refueling station and aims to operate about 10 percent of their current 600-vehicle fleet with propane autogas.
“We want our customers and community to know that we are investing in them and working hard to meet our sustainability goals,” said Chuck Paterakis, vice president of transportation and logistics for H&S Baking. “With propane autogas, we’re doing just that with a domestically produced fuel that lowers emissions across our delivery area.”

Alpha Baking Company, Inc., a national bakery products distributor, operates 22 ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas powered Ford E-450 bread delivery trucks in the Chicago-metro area to meet its operational performance needs and factory warranty without a decrease in engine horsepower or torque. The alternative fuel trucks will emit about 2 million fewer pounds of carbon dioxide over their lifetime.

In the Chicago area, Alpha Baking operates 22 ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 bread delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.
In the Chicago area, Alpha Baking operates 22 ROUSH CleanTech Ford E-450 bread delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.

“We’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do,” stated Bob McGuire, Alpha’s vice president and director of logistics. “These propane-powered bread delivery trucks will emit fewer emissions and our company has been extremely progressive in doing the right thing for the environment.”

Frito Lay was among the first customer of a liquid propane autogas fuel system for the Ford E-350 dual rear wheel cutaway chassis back in 2011. Since then, the national convenient foods producer has added 45 propane-powered vans to its Ohio fleet, as part of an effort towards achieving a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with its sales and delivery fleet vehicles.

 

“The support and assistance of Clean Fuels Ohio and Clean Cities has really helped to take this effort very seriously,” Glenn Reynolds, fleet manager for the company’s mid-America region, told the Hudson Hub Times.

“There’s a long line of progressive companies in the bakery industry choosing to fuel with American made and environmentally friendly propane autogas for a reason,” said Todd Mouw, vice president of sales and marketing for ROUSH CleanTech. “Propane autogas provides an undeniable economic, environmental and competitive advantage for industry leaders all across the country.”

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