For Lineage Logistics’ work optimizing the design and process of blast freezing food products, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Better Plants partner Lineage Logistics with its 2020 Better Project Award.

Lineage was honored for innovations in the design and process of blast freezing, in which the company has reduced freeze times by more than 50 percent and improved blast cell energy efficiency by more than 20 percent. The technology is now a standardized design and practice for improved blast freezing that Lineage is working to implement across its entire facility network. Blast freezing, which is a critical process in the food supply chain, involves rapidly freezing pallets of fresh, perishable goods before storage and transportation.

As part of the DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative, the Better Plants Program and Challenge (“Better Plants”) works with leading manufacturers and water and wastewater treatment agencies to boost their competitiveness through improvements in energy efficiency. The annual Better Project Awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in implementing projects that minimize the waste of electricity, fuel and/or water.

Learn more about the project here.