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Alvinesa Natural Ingredients has signed a contract with Endesa for the construction of a photovoltaic solar power plant in its facilities located in Daimiel, Ciudad Real. The plant, in which Alvinesa ......
|Description||Alvinesa Natural Ingredients has signed a contract with Endesa for the construction of a photovoltaic solar power plant in its facilities located in Daimiel, Ciudad Real. The plant, in which Alvinesa will invest close to two million euros, will have 2,500 KW of peak power and is expected to come online before the end of 2019. Alvinesa Natural Ingredients, leader in the extraction of natural ingredients of the grape, is an example in its own production and sustainable for its self-supply. Endesa wants to position itself as an energy partner of the industry most committed to the environment. It will have 2,500 KW of peak power and will have the latest technology in high performance polycrystalline panels. Its location will be attached to the factory that the firm has in the El Campillo polygon. The investment will be about two million euros in full and is expected to become operational, once the relevant authorizations have been obtained, in the shortest possible time, before the end of the year. For the signing of the contract they have been at the headquarters of Alvinesa Natural Ingredients in Daimiel, the director of Endesa Energía Juan José Muñoz with Jesús Cantarero, president of Alvinesa. During the visit, the facilities of the factory and the different projects developed by Alvinesa were known. For Muñoz, Endesas real mission is to support its customers with the best possible deal: "We joined with Alvinesa for the incorporation of photovoltaic power plants for self-consumption in their factory, because Endesas real mission is not only to sell energy but also To understand well the needs of our customers and help them to solve their needs in the energy environment more efficiently. Being here in Daimiel, is an opportunity to grow in territories where we want to be more present today and in the future. " Jesús Cantero, for his part, conceives this project as an opportunity for his factory: "The orientation of the plant is to produce almost all the energy we consume ourselves because we work exclusively with our biomass for the purposes of producing thermal energy. With the support of Endesa, and since we are very committed to sustainability and the environment, we have seen the opportunity to produce at least 20 or 25% of the electricity we consume with the sun ". With this investment, the positioning of Endesa in front of its clients allows them to be more safe from the changes that the electrical market suffers, besides diminishing the environmental impact of the industrial activity. All the production of the plant will go to the internal consumption of the factory that has been operating for some years in the outskirts of Daimiel and that produces natural ingredients extracted from grapes such as Polyphenols, Proanthocyanidins, Anthocyanins, Flavonoids, or Resveratrol, in addition to acid tartaric and alcohols. With this solar plant Alvinesa will achieve a double objective, have a considerable saving in the purchase of energy and supply part of its total consumption with renewable energy for a period that, initially, is calculated for 25 years. From its facilities inaugurated in 2015, Alvinesa exports the product to more than 15 countries and stores and valorizes pomace from all over the Spanish geography. With a team of 120 people, Alvinesa is responsible for the entire production cycle develops products for different industries such as wine and other beverages, food, the nutraceutical industry, animal feed, health products and energy (biomass) among others.|
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This content has been produced in commercial partnership with Telstra. Like many start-ups, naturally sugar-free soft drink company Nexba has made full use of technology to streamline its operation ......
|Description||This content has been produced in commercial partnership with Telstra.
Like many start-ups, naturally sugar-free soft drink company Nexba has made full use of technology to streamline its operations, accounting, logistics, workflow and communications.
That means you won't find a computer server and its corresponding complexity and management problems anywhere inside the Sydney offices of the six-year-old Nexba, which is poised to tackle the global market with its range of naturally sugar-free drinks.
Nexba, like most start-ups that are able to begin operations with a clean technology sheet, has used cloud-based software, tools and services from the moment founders Troy Douglas and Drew Bilbe decided to take on the soft drink world.
Being born in the cloud like Nexba, gives a technical agility advantage over large organisations that are often locked into ageing, inflexible on-premise software and hardware systems that are hard to fix or renew without disrupting day to day business operations.
Nexba offers a range of soft drinks that avoid the problems associated with calorie-laden sugar drinks and those that use artificial sweeteners.
The company sweetens its drinks with a blend of stevia plant and natural sweetener erythritol, a sugar alcohol that gives 70 per cent of the sweetness of sugar with only 6 per cent of the calories. Erythritol is not metabolised by mouth bacteria, so does not lead to tooth decay and is free of the gas and bloating effects of sugar alcohols commonly used as sweeteners.
The naturally sugar free pitch has paid off with customers. These days, Nexba drinks are sold by national retailer Coles among other distributors and in 2015 Nexba won the Telstra NSW Micro Business of the Year award.
In the race to build market share and take on the incumbent soft drink industry, Mr Douglas says that in the digital world with its mass social media outreach, his business needs to be more than just another product.
"The ability for us to engage technology helps us run a business that is able to challenge what is a multi-national industry," Mr Douglas says.
"All of the operational side of the business is cloud based," says Mr Bilbe. "We wouldn't invest in static software, it is all about that cloud-based stuff."
Nexba uses the Xero online accounting software, Dropbox for cloud storage and file exchange, Geckoboard as the business monitoring and visualisation tool or "dashboard" and the Highrise customer relationship management (CRM) package.
Hardware devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptops are all Apple, while Telstra is the choice for mobile connectivity.
"We are on the road a lot and I travel a bit internationally as well. The ability to be connected on the go and from roaming locations overseas is really important," says Mr Douglas of the decision to go with Telstra for communications bandwidth.
Simplicity and ease of use score heavily with Mr Douglas and Mr Bilbe when it comes to software choices such as Highrise.
"We primarily use Highrise for tasks and contact management.
"When you are in meetings you can take notes which are automatically tracked against that contact," says Mr Douglas.
Having the business in the cloud means Nexba's team of eight people and outside contractors patching into the company are always in sync and looking at the same thing.
Also, being cloud based makes switching software vendors simple.
When Highrise switched owners, the Nexba founders worried they could lose support and kicked the tyres of other CRM vendors.
They found switching CRM providers would not be difficult.
"We found the exporting of tasks and contacts and stuff is so simple when you are cloud based, it would have made switching really easy," says Mr Bilbe.
In the end, Nexba's fears about support worries were unfounded and the firm stayed with Highrise.
"Fortunately for us we didn't have to go down that process but it gave us assurance that being a cloud-based business makes it easy to switch," says Mr Bilbe.
Nexba uses Geckoboard as its business dashboard. The tool draws in information from the other software platforms to give a dynamic read on where key business metrics such as geographic sales are at.
Geckoboard allows the entire team to see at a glance whether critical targets are being met.
With Geckoboard we now have a couple of screens in our office which display key areas like live sales. We have a map that shows how interactivity with our website is tracking and live feeds with social media," says Mr Douglas.
"The engagement we get out of having those screens in our office is a big thing."
The next step for Nexba is expanding offshore next year and having a stable and settled cloud base
"Technology is critical to how we build our internal team and also critical to how we engage external partners for growth," says Mr Douglas.
"So we have become a lot clearer on functions and why we are using certain platforms within the business."