The Gluten Free Bar switches to 100% clean energy at Grand Rapids facility

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From left, Elliott and Marshall Rader. Courtesy The Gluten Free Bar

The Gluten Free Bar is joining Consumers’ Renewable Energy Program to reduce its carbon footprint.

The Grand Rapids-based company, called The GFB for short, said last week its zero-waste facility will be powered with 100% clean energy through Consumers Energy’s Renewable Energy Program, which enables electric customers to match their use with renewable energy from wind and solar parks across the Great Lakes state.

The GFB handcrafts gluten-free, plant-based bites, bars and oatmeal in its zero-waste facility in Grand Rapids. Products are sold at retailers such as Meijer, Publix, Kroger, SpartanNash and Walmart throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as on Amazon and thegfb.com.

“We’ve always been conscious about making the best products we can, using only gluten-free, plant-based ingredients,” said Marshall Rader, co-founder of The GFB. “By taking part in this program, we can choose better energy sources, too, helping our company minimize our environmental footprint.”

Added his brother and co-founder, Elliott Rader: “Our commitment to sustainability is one of the reasons we became a certified B Corp in 2015, which only about 120 other food companies in the (U.S.) and Canada have done. Partnering with Consumers’ and their Renewable Energy Program is a powerful way for us to further align with B Corp values of people, planet and prosperity.”

Brian Lewis, Consumers Energy’s executive director of customer operations, said he applauds The GFB’s decision to go 100% green.

“Consumers Energy will continue to meet the needs of Michigan customers that want to be powered by clean energy, and we are proud to partner with The GFB in support of their goal to become a sustainable brand for their customers, co-workers and our state,” he said. “Every enrollment in this program helps reduce carbon emissions and support a clean energy future for all.”

The GFB’s enrollment in the program supports local wind and solar facilities across Michigan. The commitment has the environmental benefit equivalent to avoiding the greenhouse gas emissions produced by driving 705,299 miles in a car per year, according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calculations.

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