Study Gives High Marks To Hannaford Sustainability Practices

Sustainability practices at Hannaford Supermarkets annually save the Northeast regional grocery chain $15 million and divert 125 million pounds of waste from area landfills and prevent more than 430 million pounds of greenhouse gases from being emitted. These were some of the conclusions from a recent study conducted by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. The Plymouth, Mass.-based environmental organization undertook a review of sustainability practices at Hannaford stores in 2014, looking at all 184 locations owned by the company.

The Manomet Center granted immediate certification through its Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program to 179 of those stores for their sustainability practices, with the remaining five locations receiving provisional certification.

During its research, Manomet asked each store manager questions on the kind of equipment they use; their daily workplace practices; and how they handle waste. Findings included the following:

Energy efficiency and waste-reduction efforts lowered greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of taking 41,892 cars off the road. Electric and natural-gas conservation practices save the company more than $2 million annually. Water conservation efforts save a minimum of 43.4 million gallons of water every year.

The certification process also helped individual stores identify areas for improvement of their sustainability practices.

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Stop & Shop Installs Energy Fuel Cell To Power N.Y. Store

Stop & Shop announced last week that a Bloom Energy fuel cell will power the company’s Mt. Vernon, N.Y., store. The 250-kilowatt system at Stop & Shop in Mt. Vernon will generate more than 2 million kWh each year, resulting in carbon reductions of more than 700,000 pounds of CO2 annually.

Bloom Energy’s solid oxide fuel cell converts fuel into electricity through an efficient electrochemical process instead of combustion, to provide on-site, clean and reliable power. These fuel cell projects are the latest addition to Stop & Shop’s clean and renewable energy portfolio that also includes solar panel systems on the roofs on 38 of its stores, capable of generating 9.5M kWh each year.

Stop & Shop has a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2015 using 2008 as a baseline. This project supports the company’s carbon reduction goals and continues to deliver electricity even through grid outages like those experienced in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Stop & Shop also is committed to building energy-efficient and sustainable stores. It has a goal to reach zero waste by the year 2020. This means that at least 90 percent of the waste generated by its stores will be diverted from landfills.

“Stop & Shop has invested heavily in energy conservation, green building and alternative energy projects,” said Don Sussman, Stop & Shop New York Metro Division president. “This project in the New York metro area will contribute to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and the environmental impact of our operations on our communities. It will also increase the resiliency of our stores and enable us to serve our customers during grid interruptions.”

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Cold Pressed Juice/Health Food/Smoothie Co. Opens In Greater Boston

Following a year of growth, Juice Press, a cold pressed juice, health food and smoothie company, continues to expand, announcing a series of plans for 2015 including the opening of a new store in the greater Boston area. The 3,100-square-foot space will be located at The Street, a new open-air shopping destination found in the heart of Chestnut Hill in Newton, Mass.

Using organic produce and ingredients, Juice Press offers options that are plant-based with no high-pressure processing or genetically modified organisms. Their cold pressed juices, gourmet superfood smoothies, food entrees, salads, sandwiches and desserts are all made fresh daily. Its vegan ProViotic is major allergen free, recognized by two Ivy League institutions and sold in capsule form or included in select Juice Press products. The store will include a salad and soup station.

Last year Juice Press opened nine new stores, including a hybrid store and super-kitchen in Long Island City, a new location in the Hamptons and its first unit outside of New York in Greenwich, Conn. In 2015, in addition to the greater Boston area store opening, new stores are under consideration both in New York and beyond.

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The Imperial Distributors Fall and Holiday Seasonal Show will be held March 4-5 at the DCU Convention Center in Worcester, Mass.

• Target plans to expand its Made To Matter line in 2015. The line focuses on organic, natural and sustainable products.

• The Hain Celestial Group, an organic and natural products company in Lake Success, N.Y., purchased Belvedere International, a manufacturer of health and beauty care products, including the Live Clean brand, with approximately 200 baby, body and hair care products as well as several mass market brands.

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