ALDI receives the 2016 – 2017 “Best of the Best” award from the Environmental Protection Agency

“Best of the Best” Recognition from EPA’s GreenChill Partnership Honors Commitment to Sustainable Refrigeration in 34 Stores

Batavia, Ill, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI has received the 2016 – 2017 “Best of the Best” award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership for its use of cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems in 34 of its stores.

As part of its capital investment of $5 billion in new and remodeled stores over the next five years, ALDI is increasing its environmentally-friendly features in stores. New and remodeled stores feature environmentally-friendly building materials and energy-saving LED lighting. ALDI is committed to
continuing to reduce its refrigerant emissions and received its first GreenChill certification in 2015.

“ALDI is taking steps to reduce its environmental impact not only because our customers expect it, but because it is the right thing to do as a business. Partnerships like the one we share with GreenChill are critically important, as they enable us to work toward our goal of sustainable business operations,” said Aaron Sumida, Vice President, ALDI. “In switching to more environmentally friendly coolants, we strive to minimize the environmental impact of our refrigeration systems. This recognition from the GreenChill Partnership is a testament to our commitment.”

While the recognition typically goes to just one store, this year’s award from GreenChill acknowledges a record 34 platinum-certified ALDI stores. Platinum certification is the highest level awarded by GreenChill, and it requires each store to meet very stringent criteria.

“ALDI deserves recognition for embracing GreenChill’s environmental protection goals through its platinum-level certification of so many stores,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program. “ALDI is showing industry leadership through active participation in the GreenChill partnership and
through certification of innovative refrigeration systems.”

ALDI cares about its customers, employees, communities and its role as a business, working every day to help create a better world. In fact, the partnership with GreenChill is just one way that ALDI is working to reduce its impact on the environment. Last year, ALDI increased the number of stores with rooftop solar panels by more than 45 percent and will continue to grow its solar portfolio and use of green electricity. Additionally, ALDI has recycled nearly 100 percent of the cardboard, paper, plastic film and foil that it uses in its warehouses since 2012. Moreover, its new warehouses are constructed with sun shades and special glass to insulate and reduce heat from the sun.

GreenChill works with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The “Best of the Best” achievement recognizes GreenChill-certified stores demonstrating innovation in advanced refrigeration technology.

For more on Corporate Responsibility efforts at ALDI, visit http://bit.ly/1R4rsqu. To learn more about the GreenChill Partnership, visit http://www2.epa.gov/greenchill/.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI operates nearly 1,700 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which are designed to meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For the seventh year in a row, ALDI was recognized as a value leader among U.S. grocery stores by a Market Force Information® survey of U.S. consumers. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

About EPA’s GreenChill Partnership
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The Partnership provides information and assistance t help supermarkets transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices. For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, including its store certification program, please visit www2.epa.gov/greenchill.

ALDI Contact:

Kelsey Williamson
GreenChill
(312) 988-2087
kwilliamson@webershandwick.com

GreenChill Contact:
Tom Land
(202) 343-9185
Land.Tom@epa.gov

Source: ALDI Inc.

Whole Foods Market honored with 2015-2016 “Best of the Best” award from EPA’s GreenChill Partnership

AUSTIN, Texas, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market has received the 2015-2016 “Best of the Best” award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership for using an advanced, more environmentally sustainable refrigeration system at its Dublin, California, store. The award is presented annually to one or more GreenChill-certified stores demonstrating innovation in advanced refrigeration technology.

The GreenChill Partnership works with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions in order to decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate. Companies receive Annual Achievement Awards for meeting refrigerant emissions rate goals, demonstrating reduced emissions, or achievements within the Store Certification Program. Whole Foods Market stores are among approximately 11,000 GreenChill partner stores throughout the nation.

“The Whole Foods Market store in Dublin, California, is the ‘Best of the Best’ for installing a cutting-edge refrigeration system with the help of a GreenChill partner equipment manufacturer with the aim of being supremely climate-friendly,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program. “GreenChill praises Whole Foods Market for its environmental leadership within the supermarket industry as demonstrated through the installation of many innovative refrigeration systems in many stores that are protecting the ozone layer and the Earth’s climate.”

The Dublin store exceeds requirements for efficiency and features an innovative indirect cooling system that greatly reduces dependency on public energy sources. Ninety-nine percent of the store’s lights are high-efficiency LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and the refrigeration system runs entirely on natural refrigerants.

“We are proud of our Dublin store and the Northern California regional store development team for their work in implementing refrigerants that don’t harm the ozone layer or contribute to greenhouse gas emissions,” said Kathy Loftus, global leader of sustainable facilities for Whole Foods Market. “What an honor to be recognized for work that furthers our commitment to our core value of supporting our communities and the environment.”

Whole Foods Market has long worked to reduce refrigerant emissions. The company received its first GreenChill certification in 2009, after becoming a founding partner of GreenChill in 2007.

Most recently, the grocer’s newly opened Santa Clara, California, store received the EPA’s highest award for climate-friendly refrigeration with a Platinum level GreenChill certification. The store’s new refrigeration system eliminates all direct greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration by utilizing two natural refrigerants in the systems cutting-edge design.

For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, please visit www.epa.gov/greenchill.

Contact:

Darrah Gist
darrah.gist@wholefoods.com
678.638.5888

Lauren Bernath
lauren.bernath@wholefoods.com
678.638.5805

Source: Whole Foods Market

Harris Teeter recognized by EPA’s GreenChill Partnership with two honors – Most Improved Emission Rate and Superior Goal Achievement Awards

Company Receive Most Improved Emission Rate Award & Superior Goal Achievement Award

Matthews, NC, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill Partnership with two honors – the Most Improved Emission Rate Award and the Superior Goal Achievement Award.

The Most Improved Emission Rate Award recognizes the partner with the most improved corporate-wide emissions rate for commercial systems of all GreenChill partners in 2014. The Superior Goal Achievement Award is presented to each partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal.

“Harris Teeter should be very proud of earning the award for Most Improved Emission Rate,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill program. “The company is being recognized for reducing corporate-wide refrigerant emissions more than other GreenChill partners in 2014 compared to 2013, and customers should note that Harris Teeter is cutting costs associated with refrigeration and protecting the environment.”
Harris Teeter is committed to providing its customers with outstanding customer service and a variety of top quality products. The company’s sustainable efforts and its GreenChill partnership are additional ways for Harris Teeter to show it cares about the communities where its associates and shoppers live and work.

SOURCE: Harris Teeter, Inc.

Hy-Vee awarded two GreenChill program awards for its stores’ efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions

Grocery chain recognized for going above and beyond to reduce refrigerant emissions

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2015-10-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that Hy-Vee, Inc. has been awarded two GreenChill program awards for its stores’ efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Hy-Vee is being recognized with the achievement awards for its outstanding progress in this sustainability area over the past year.

“Hy-Vee’s commitment to lowering its refrigerant emissions across its stores proves the company is serious about its role in protecting the ozone layer and climate,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. “Hy-Vee’s success achieving annual goals to reduce refrigerant emissions shows an understanding that sustainability is the business model of the future.”

Hy-Vee has been awarded the 2014 Superior Goal Achievement award, which goes to each partner that achieves its annual GreenChill refrigerant emissions reduction goal. Additionally, Hy-Vee has received the Exceptional Goal Achievement award, which is more difficult to earn. This award recognizes those who go above and beyond their emissions reduction goal.

“Hy-Vee believes a healthy environment and healthy communities go hand in hand. That’s why our sustainability mission is to promote the well-being of our customers, employees, communities and the global environment,” said Pat Hensley, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of government/industry relations who oversees the company’s sustainability efforts. “Hy-Vee will continue to voluntarily and proactively commit to making sustainable choices.”

GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers that helps them transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce the amount of refrigerant used by stores and eliminate leaks; and to adopt green refrigeration technologies and environmental best practices.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 235 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $8.7 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.