Groundbreaking Sustainable Agriculture Solar Project will Reduce Carbon Footprint

on April 22, 2021
Photovoltaic solar panels for sustainable power

BCFoods’ strategic partner in Germany has embarked on an exciting journey toward carbon neutrality and energy independence. They are building an agrophotovoltaic power plant, a groundbreaking technology that allows solar energy production and crops to occupy the same space.

The project, which has already been planned, approved, and received funding, will install a field of solar panels six meters above the ground with enough space for a tractor and harvesting machine to work beneath them. These unique solar panels also allow crops to receive the sunlight they need for healthy growth.

Once completed, the 1.3M Euro, 10K square meter environmental project will be one of the largest of its kind in the world. The solar panels will be built over chive fields located next to the supplier’s BCFoods-approved drying facility used for dehydrating that particular crop.

When complete, the agrophotovoltaic field will add another 750kWp to the 750kWp already produced from the panels that currently exist on the roofs of the dehydration plant and warehouses. By 2023, they will produce 80% of the electricity used throughout the supplier’s company operations.

With planning, approval, and financing already complete, building the power plant is expected to begin this coming June and complete in just four months by October.

A solar farm that can coexist with agriculture where farmers can produce food and energy from the same field is a fairly new concept and a big deal. The advanced technology used in this agrophotovoltaic project, along with its scope, makes this project an important step in the nationwide energy transition away from coal-fired energy.

Learn more about the technology used in agrophotovoltaic power plants for supplying solar power.

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Michelle WestGroundbreaking Sustainable Agriculture Solar Project will Reduce Carbon Footprint

Backlog, Congestion, & Chaos in Freight Worldwide

on March 9, 2021
freight shipping containers

The pandemic has caused excessive delays, historically high shipping rates, and chaos at ports of entry. Here are a couple of recent articles to help you catch up on what’s happening with freight around the world.

California port pileup leaves old records in the dust

American Shipper, March 8, 2021

Latest crisis both lengthier and more extreme than prior congestion.

‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping

The New York Times, March 6, 2021

The pandemic has disrupted international trade, driving up the cost of shipping goods and adding a fresh challenge to the global economic recovery.

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Support from BCFoods Enabled Local Charity to Achieve 100% of 2020 Goal Despite Pandemic Pitfalls

on January 8, 2021

Sonoma County's Secret Santa brings joy to tens of thousands of children and families in need during the holidays. Click to Donate.

BCFoods is proud to participate every year in the local Secret Santa Program organized by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL). This wonderful program works with charitable organizations throughout the county to put presents under the tree for those in need.

Each year, the Program hangs hearts on Christmas trees set up at businesses and public spaces throughout Sonoma County. Individuals adopt those hearts and bring a gift back to put under that tree. The Secret Santa Program then delivers those gifts directly to the person who made the wish.

BCFoods has funded 100% of the development and operation of the Program’s website ( from its beginning several years ago. Last year, this site was improved to enable people in the community to adopt a heart online. Little did we know how important that would be this year when, due to COVID-19, the Secret Santa Program could not use its normal method of publishing hearts throughout the community and the website became the only means possible to adopt a heart. In addition, BCFoods funded a new tool this year that enables a donor to “fund now” and immediately provide a donation to the specific heart they selected.

“The result was spectacular,” said a spokesman for the Secret Santa Program. “100% of the hearts (more than 12,000) were adopted and funded in 2020. This would not have been possible without BCFoods’ generous and on-going support.”

BCFoods is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact lives in our community, especially during such a trying time. As stated in our Commitments for 2021, we will continue donating time and resources to charitable organizations and encourage other businesses to do so as well.

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Michelle WestSupport from BCFoods Enabled Local Charity to Achieve 100% of 2020 Goal Despite Pandemic Pitfalls

Classic Holiday Recipes – Add a Twist & Box it Up

on December 18, 2020

The holidays are typically a very busy, stressful time for families hosting celebrations. COVID-19 may have minimized the gatherings this year, but next year we can expect greater numbers of people joining in and making up for lost time.

Consider helping out holiday hosts next year with some mixes and seasonings, and adding a twist to stand out. Here are a few suggestions using BCFoods products.

Orange-Cardamom Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookie recipes commonly include many of the spices we carry, such as ginger, cloves, and cinnamon. Turn it up a notch by also adding cardamom and dried orange peel or dried lemon peel.

Apple Cranberry Fruitcake

Switch out the traditional candied fruit and instead use real dried apples and cranberries, no sugar syrup or artificial colors needed!

Italian Roasted Vegetables

Include a sachet of granulated dried garlic, rosemary, basil, and parsley with a pack of pre-cut carrots, brussels sprouts, beets, and potatoes for colorful roasted vegetables with a savory Italian flavor.

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Michelle WestClassic Holiday Recipes – Add a Twist & Box it Up