Business updates: Sustainability/Going Green

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

Sweetbay Supermarkets, which is owned by Delhaize Group, recently opened an eco-friendly store in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

The store features motion sensors that turn on lights activated by shoppers strolling past. The store, which features pull-down curtains that cover up open-air shelves after the store closes, is applying for LEED certification.

The store expects to save 20% to 30% in electricity costs and 40% in water when compared to more conventional locations, according to a news release.

Terra Linda Farms uses compost on fields

Terra Linda Farms, Riverdale, Calif., has increased compost production by using cull onions, said Joe Coelho, partner. The compost blend is enough for about half the firm’s acreage so far.

“Our fertilizer outlays have been reduced because of it. We’re making healthier crops because of it,” Coelho said.

Sustainability conference builds on United Fresh

A one-day conference focused on produce sustainability will follow United Fresh 2010.

The Global Conference on Produce Sustainability is April 23 at the Palazzo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Registration is included with the show’s all access pass, or can be purchased separately.

“The Bayer endowment for the Center for Global Produce Sustainability, allows us, through United, to touch the entire produce chain, from growers to receivers, and this conference is a key part of bringing people together on this important subject,” said Jim Lemke, senior vice president of produce for Eden Prairie, Minn.-based C.H. Robinson, and chairman of United Fresh.

United intends to announce a new director for the center by February, as well as discuss goals for the first couple of years of the center, he said.


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