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Bimbo Bakeries USA recognized by EPA at Escondido bakery

In the group photo, (from left) Osito, Bimbo Bakeries USA mascot; Rorie Johnston, CEO of Escondido Chamber of Commerce; Jodi Hitchcock, Bimbo Bakeries USA Escondido Bakery Manager; Matt Aguirre, Bimbo Bakeries USA Escondido Bakery Maintenance Manager; Paul McNamara, Mayor of Escondido; Chris Wolfe, Corporate Director of Environmental & Sustainability at Bimbo Bakeries USA; Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager at ENERGY STAR – US EPA; and Ernie Rincon, SEM Program Manager for SDGE.

On Thursday, March 28, at its Escondido bakery, Bimbo Bakeries USA was presented with a certificate from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Energy Star Program after earning Energy Star certification at 14 of its facilities in 2018. This marks a record for the most facilities receiving Energy Star certification in one year across all industries.

The certification signifies that the industrial plant performs in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by Energy Star. Bimbo Bakeries USA improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically and making cost-effective improvements to its bakeries. The company upgraded facility lighting to LED to reduce lighting electrical consumption by more than 50 percent, improved production by reducing waste and implemented and adhered to industry best practices.

“We were thrilled to be recognized by Energy Star at our Escondido bakery, where its solar panels produce the equivalent of 30 percent of the bakery’s electric usage,” said Christopher Wolfe, corporate director of environmental & sustainability, Bimbo Bakeries USA. “We were honored to be joined by fellow Energy Star partners, members of the community and Escondido leaders to celebrate our record number of Energy Star certifications.”

Paul McNamara, mayor of Escondido, and Rorie Johnston, CEO and president of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce were among a handful of speakers who gave remarks during the event.

“We were honored to host this event and involve the community in such a meaningful celebration,” said Jodi Hitchcock, Escondido bakery manager, Bimbo Bakeries USA. “We look forward to continuing to lead the industry through our sustainability efforts.”

For more information about Energy Star Certification for Industrial Facilities:  energystar.gov/plants

Bimbo Bakeries USA operates more than 50 manufacturing locations in the United States. Over 11,000 distribution routes deliver its brands such as Artesano, Ball Park, Bimbo, Boboli, Entenmann’s, Oroweat, Sara Lee, and Thomas’.

Matt Aguirre, Bimbo Bakeries USA Escondido Bakery Maintenance Manager, accepting the ENERGY STAR certificate from Walt Tunnessen, National Program Manager at Energy Star – US EPA.

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