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Food and Beverage Workgroup Meeting and Webinar

  • 20 Mar 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Virtual (MS Teams), Eastern Time Zone

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Meeting Agenda:

  • Discuss ideas for future webinar topics or issues you would like to learn more about during our meetings
  • Introduce Speaker
  • NPPR Food & Beverage Webinar - P2 Solutions for Dairy Production Facilities in Minnesota
  • Q/A Discussion


This meeting will include a brief discussion about topics/ideas for upcoming Food and Beverage Workgroup meetings and a webinar presenting the findings of internship projects at dairy facilities in Minnesota.


Each summer, the University of Minnesota's Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) hires junior and senior college students who have strong technical backgrounds and leadership abilities to work on waste and energy reduction projects at companies in Minnesota. Kevin Philpy, Senior Engineer and Internship Advisor, will discuss the results of two dairy internship projects.

The first project at Kemps, a local creamery and dairy farm, focused on dairy product conservation and waste minimization. Kemps discharges approximately 1,200,000 gallons of milk annually to the wastewater drains; and 233,000 gallons of milk to human food by-product at a cost of over $500,000 a year. The goal of this project was to focus on product conservation, and identifying where there is product being lost. Recommendations were also to be formed to work on reducing significant areas of product loss.

The second project took place at St. Paul Beverage Solutions. At BevSo, water is used primarily for cooling and cleaning and is used throughout the facility. Most of the water is heated to high temperatures for both production and sanitation. Since this facility has products with kosher certification, a lot of heated water is used to maintain this standard. This project team believed a lot of opportunity to conserve water and fuel could be found in this process. A lot of fuel savings could also be explored through insulation of tanks and pipes.


Kathy Black

Pollution Prevention Manager

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Kathy is a member of the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) Board of Directors and Chair of the Food and Beverage Workgroup.

Kevin Philpy


Kevin Philpy joined MnTAP in 2022 following six years as an EHS manager in the food industry, overseeing management and permitting of wastewater, stormwater, waste, and chemical storage. He spent ten years at the beginning of his career as an environmental consultant, supporting compliance and investigation projects in numerous manufacturing and transportation industries. Kevin’s work with MnTAP focuses on pollution prevention efforts in Minnesota’s numerous food and beverage manufacturing facilities, and he is passionate about waste reduction and water conservation. As a native Midwesterner, he has an appreciation for local food production and agriculture, and he enjoys helping businesses save money and resources while lowering their environmental impact. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Contact Us:

Mailing Address:


Bureau of Sustainability

Mail Code 401-02H

401 East State St.

Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

Attn: Laura Henne

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