Growth, profit, sustainability: How Sovereign Foods ticked all the boxes with one contract

16th March 2024

Growth, profit, sustainability: How Sovereign Foods ticked all the boxes with one contract

Welcome to Kariega, a picturesque town nestled in the Eastern Cape, where South Africa’s third largest fully integrated poultry producer, Sovereign Foods, recently found itself at a crossroads.

Faced with escalating demand, the company’s value-adding facility urgently needed to expand production capacity almost fivefold - from 2.5 t/h to 12 t/h.

However, the planned expansion posed challenges, as it required increased energy consumption, increased energy costs and would have an increased environmental impact.

Sovereign Foods’ strategic masterstroke

Enter Energy Partners, a company with a legacy of implementing cutting-edge serviced energy solutions for the likes of Dr Oetker, Clover S.A., Marquis Macadamia and Letaba Packers. Their tailored solution included:

The most pivotal aspect to the success of the project was Sovereign’s decision to outsource cooling and heating to Energy Partners through a Cooling as a Service (CaaS) and Heating as a Service (HaaS) agreement, a move that has proven to be Sovereign’s strategic masterstroke. This allowed:

Significantly, the contract enabled Sovereign to focus resources on its core business, and the outcomes of the partnership have been profound, including:

The integrated servitisation model has been so successful, that Sovereign has subsequently opted for the same solution with Energy Partners at its existing food processing facility in Hartbeespoort, in North West.

Sovereign Foods’ journey with Energy Partners is a testament to what can be achieved through collaboration, innovation and a commitment to sustainability.

To find out more, book a consultation with Energy Partners’ Samuel Jacobs

Tel: 031 702 311