Intelligent Blends, a manufacturer of single-serve and bagged beverages — and parent company of Maud’s Coffee & Tea — has announced the completion of a massive solar installation, which now powers all of its house-brand operations.
The project added 700 LG panels that each generate 405 watts of power, along with two SMA 62 kilowatt inverters and two 50 kilowatt inverters, to the company’s San Diego headquarters. The resulting impact on the environment on an annual basis equates to taking 72 passenger vehicles off the road, 37,720 gallons of gasoline combusted, or 5500 tree saplings grown for 10 years.
Intelligent Blends says it always at the cutting edge of sustainable, ethical, and Earth-conscious production and manufacturing practiceslaying claim to several other “firsts” that set a standard for globally aware decision making within the industry. As the first company to commercialise the use of highly recyclable Poly Propylene #5 K-cups, it was able to address the concerns of earth-minded consumers regarding the waste historically generated by single-serve beverage packaging. Then, the company took it a step further by being the first to have their K-Cups certified recyclable by SCS Global, an international leader in third-party certification, validation, and verification for environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims.
“We believe that good coffee starts at the source, which is why we make sure that every step we take in manufacturing Maud’s products is thoughtful, ethical and environmentally responsible,” says CEO and Founder Michael Ishayik. “The addition of solar-power to our production facility was a logical next step in ensuring that we continue our legacy of producing great products for our customers and partners the right way.”
Established in 2013, Intelligent Blends started out as a manufacturer of coffee, tea, elixirs, and functional beverages. As the company’s capabilities and offerings have expanded through a robust R&D lab; the success of its flagship brand, Maud’s; and valued co-packaging, hospitality and production partnerships, it’s never lost sight of its passion for doing the right thing, particularly in the areas of sustainability, fair-trade partnerships and certified organic practices.
With aspirations of being completely carbon neutral by 2024, Intelligent Blends will continue to harness innovation, emerging technologies and good old-fashioned sunshine to create high-quality, Earth-friendly products for Earth-minded partners and customers around the globe.