University of Minnesota
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Food Processing Pollution Prevention

Food processing is a vital part of the Minnesota economy, providing jobs to 46,000 people throughout the state. Excellent food products are supplied by the industry, but processing these products comes with challenges; the industry emits over 4.5 million pounds of TRI chemicals each year. MnTAP is conducting a project aimed towards optimizing chemical use, conserving water, lowering strength charges, and saving energy for Minnesota food processors.


  • No cost waste reduction assessments for Minnesota food processors
  • Intern projects focused on in-depth waste reduction strategies
  • Industrial refrigeration energy efficiency assessments for businesses in Xcel Energy service territory.

Conserve Resources

MnTAP is providing assessments in an effort to reduce chemicals, conserve water, lower strength charges, and save energy.

Focus areas:

  • Review cleaning procedures and reduce hazardous chemical use.
  • Identify opportunities to conserve water.
  • Reduce process related food waste and related wastewater strength charges.
  • Find ways to save energy.

Current Intern Projects

Kerry Ingredients and Flavours, Rochester
Goal: Improve energy and chemical use efficiency.

Seneca Foods, Rochester
Goal: Reduce product loss and improve water and chemical use efficiency.

Learn how all of the 2017 MnTAP Interns have helped businesses succeed at the Intern Symposium.
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Past Intern Projects

Lorentz Meats, Cannon Falls, Nicholas Drews
Goal: Reduce energy use in the refrigeration system and other process energy uses, as well as water and chemicals used for multiple cleaning and sanitation operations.
Intern Summary | Presentation

Lloyd's BBQ, Mendota Heights, Ayotunde Olatunbosun
Goal: Water conservation, waste reduction, and energy efficiency opportunities in the meat packaging process.
Intern Summary | Presentation

Gedney Foods, Chaska, Ryan Venteicher
Goal: Reducing water use and wastewater created during product processing as well as improving efficiencies, reducing salt use, and reducing chloride content in the wastewater.
Intern Summary | Presentation

Contact Us

The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program located at the University of Minnesota is a nonregulatory, confidential service geared towards conserving resources, improving efficiency, and reducing costs in Minnesota businesses. Give us a call to schedule your no-cost assessment!

Matt Domski
MnTAP Waste Reduction Specialist

Jon Vanyo
MnTAP Associate Engineer













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