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Business updates: Sustainability/Going Green

01/22/2010 02:02:01 PM
Lance Jungmeyer

Ag-Mart Produce starts recycling program

Ag-Mart Produce, Plant City, Fla., has adopted a program to recycle plastic sheet mulching from its tomato fields, said Kevin Delaney, director of sustainability and productivity at Ag-Mart.

“Instead of sending tons and tons of plastic to the landfill, we’re finding vendors who will take it in,” Delaney said.

“It’s cost-effective, because you don’t have to pay to dump it, and it’s good for the environment.”

CPMA joins Canadian sustainability study

A consulting group approached the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, Ottawa, about doing a Canadian industry study to determine awareness and priorities regarding sustainability, and CPMA plans to participate in the study as it proceeds, said Dan Dempster, president.

C.H. Robinson develops sustainability video

C.H. Robinson Co., Eden Prairie, Minn., is working on a video about its corporate sustainability program, said Bud Floyd, vice president of produce marketing.

The video should be released sometime in late January or early February.

Food Lion opens first ‘green’ store

Food Lion LLC, Salisbury, N.C., has opened its first environmentally friendly location, in Columbia, S.C.

The store was designed to LEED Silver specifications, and is predicted to consume 20% less energy than other stores and conserve 44% more water.

The location features high-efficiency lighting that dims as more natural sunlight is let in the store. The store also has a cascade-style carbon dioxide refrigeration system designed by Hill Phoenix.

OK Produce switches to greener vehicles

OK Produce, Fresno, Calif., has reached a 95% recycle rate for internal waste, said Brady Matoian, chief exective officer.
The wholesaler also has seven hybrid cars in its sales fleet (out of nine cars), he said.

The company is looking at natural gas delivery trucks when it makes its next purchase, Matoian said.

“Hybrids aren’t there yet. If and when they become available we’ll be looking into that.”

ShopRite Supermarkets powers store by sunlight

A ShopRite Supermarkets location in Garwood, N.J., has added 1,024 solar panels, according to a news release.

The rooftop panels will produce about 303,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and reduce emissions by 200 tons a year.

The electricity will be used primarily to power in-store refrigeration and lighting. ShopRite is owned by Wakefern Food Corp., Elizabeth, N.J.

Sweetbay Supermarkets saves energy in store

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