Lineage Logistics, LLC, the world’s largest and most innovative temperature-controlled industrial REIT and logistics solutions provider, announced its inclusion as number 31 in Fortune’s 2020 “Change the World” list.
Fortune recognized Lineage’s social and environmental impact through two award-winning energy innovations – a redesigned and optimized blast freezing process and an energy efficiency and scheduling algorithm known as ‘flywheeling’. Blast freezing is the process by which perishable food is rapidly cooled below 0°F to lock in nutrients and maintain its quality and longevity for storage and transport. Flywheeling reduces energy consumption and optimizes energy costs by analyzing historical usage and National Weather Service data to forecast weather and predict when peak demand for energy usage will occur to super-cool the warehouse in advance.
Greg Lehmkuhl, President and CEO of Lineage, “On an average, our facilities contain the freezing equivalent of approximately 150,000 home freezers – making electricity one of the largest opportunities to reduce waste across the network and putting us at the frontline of the energy conservation within the broader logistics industry.” He remarks, this recognition is a testament to the creativity and dedication of the entire Lineage team, and we are honored to be recognized by Fortune as a company that is driving positive change at a time when it is needed most.
This announcement highlights the company’s continued commitment to living its purpose of transforming the food supply chain to eliminate waste and help feed the world. It follows Lineage’s recognition by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program over two consecutive years (2019 and 2020) for its proprietary ‘flywheeling’ machine-learning algorithm and process and novel blast freezer design.