Food Lion Joins U.S. EPA's GreenChill Initiative To Advance Environmentally Friendly Refrigeration Also Demonstrates Carbon Dioxide Technologies that Promote Sustainability,

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    SALISBURY, N.C., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Lion LLC today became one
 of the first U.S. grocery chains to join the U.S. Environmental Protection
 Agency's new GreenChill partnership, an initiative through which companies
 pledge to go above and beyond regulatory requirements in protecting the
 ozone layer and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
     The signing took place during an event in Montpelier, Va., at which
 Food Lion officials demonstrated a new refrigeration technology - one that
 uses naturally occurring CO2 gas to refrigerate food product. The event was
 attended by officials and representatives of the U.S. EPA, the Food
 Marketing Institute (FMI), peer grocers and vendors. In signing the
 partnership pledge, Food Lion has committed it will:
     - Require all new and remodeled stores to be ozone friendly in advance of
       Clean Air Act phase-out requirements.
     - Establish an emissions inventory, which will be used to set emissions
       reduction targets.
     - Participate in an industry/government research initiative to assess the
       performance of advanced technologies including the secondary loop system
       in its Montpelier, Va. store.
     Food Lion has been on the leading edge of companies - grocery stores
 and otherwise - putting in place measures and initiatives that reduce
 emissions, test refrigeration technologies, conserve energy and support
 environmental sustainability. For the Montpelier store in particular, Food
 Lion worked in partnership with Hill PHOENIX, a leading designer and
 manufacturer of commercial refrigeration systems, to test and evaluate new
 refrigeration technologies that are kinder to the environment and offer
 better sustainability benefits.
     This is Food Lion's second store to use Second Nature(R) technologies
 from Hill PHOENIX. The first store, in Dinwiddie, Va., opened in early 2006
 with a medium temperature secondary coolant system that uses water and
 glycol to refrigerate products. The second store, in Montpelier, Va., is
 testing a low temperature system featuring CO2 (a naturally occurring gas)
 to refrigerate low-temperature food products. Both systems will be tested
 together in a third location, Portsmouth, Va., which is scheduled to open
 in early 2008. The two companies are working together to identify smarter
 ways to refrigerate food products using technologies that are gentler on
 the environment while also realizing cost savings to help keep grocery
 prices competitive. (Please see Hill PHOENIX release for details on the
 technology).
     The Hill PHOENIX Second Nature(R) systems used in the Montpelier and
 Dinwiddie store tests:
     - Require less refrigerant, which has been linked to global warming and
       ozone depletion.
     - Raise suction temperatures without raising food temperatures, which
       saves energy and also preserves the shelf life of food.
     - Reduce the amount of copper piping used. Where applicable, copper piping
       is replaced with state-of-the-art engineered ABS plastic piping, which
       requires less energy to create, is easier to install and, because it has
       far fewer seams than copper piping, decreases the chance of refrigerant
       leaking into the environment.
     - Require less maintenance than traditional direct expansion systems.
     "We congratulate Food Lion and Hill PHOENIX for creating this
 cutting-edge supermarket," said Jeff Cohen, who manages the U.S. EPA's
 Alternatives and Emissions Reductions program and who signed the GreenChill
 pledge. "This store, along with Food Lion's store in Dinwiddie, Va., are
 the showcases for the next generation of refrigeration technology. We also
 are pleased by Food Lion's decision to join the GreenChill partnership and
 continue its role as an industry leader in environmental sustainability
 initiatives."
     Scott Martin, director of sustainable technologies for Hill PHOENIX,
 commended Food Lion, which is owned by Brussels-based Delhaize Group, for
 long being on the forefront of such technologies. "Food Lion is committed
 to using environmentally-friendly and energy-saving technologies in their
 stores. Hill PHOENIX also desires to produce the most energy-efficient,
 environmentally friendly refrigeration products in the industry. These two
 like-minded approaches are the driving force behind the testing of these
 green technologies," Martin said.
     "Food Lion believes that a critical aspect of serving our customers is
 to be a responsible corporate citizen," said Glenn Dixon, Food Lion LLC's
 senior vice president of corporate development. "We take great pride in
 undertaking initiatives such as these, which will protect the environment
 and sustain the communities in which we operate for years to come."
     About GreenChill
     In partnership with supermarkets, and chemical and refrigeration
 equipment manufacturers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has
 launched a new partnership, dubbed GreenChill, to promote the use of retail
 food refrigeration technologies that reduce emissions of ozone depleting
 and greenhouse gas refrigerants. The program will ask supermarket partners
 to make several important commitments that go beyond regulatory compliance:
       - establish a refrigerant inventory and set emissions reduction targets;
       - only use ozone-friendly alternatives and advanced refrigeration
         technologies in all new and remodeled stores;
       - collaborate across the industry to identify service and operational
          practices that reduce emissions;
       - participate in an industry/government research initiative to assess
         the performance of cutting edge "green" technologies in terms of
         energy efficiency,  reduction of  refrigerant charge, and minimization
         of refrigerant leaks.
     The EPA estimates that widespread adoption of best practices, improved
 equipment design and service, and advanced refrigeration technologies could
 reduce refrigerant emissions by 1 million metric tons of carbon equivalent
 per year, which is the equivalent of taking 800,000 automobiles off the
 road, and save over $12 million in operating expenses.
     About Food Lion
     Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE:  
 DEG). Food Lion LLC operates more than 1,200 supermarkets, either directly
 or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom
 Dollar Food, Harveys and Reid's. These stores meet local customer needs and
 preferences for the freshest and best quality products. Food Lion LLC
 employs approximately 73,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic
 states.
     Since 1998, Food Lion and the EPA have worked in close partnership as
 Food Lion pushed its energy-conservation efforts to increasingly higher
 levels. For its efforts adopting and applying energy management practices
 and technology throughout its store operations, Food Lion received the
 EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards in 2001 and 2002. In both
 years, Food Lion was the only supermarket company to receive the honor. In
 2003, 2004 and 2005, the EPA again recognized Food Lion's energy efforts by
 awarding Food Lion the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
     About Hill PHOENIX
     Based in Conyers, Ga., Hill PHOENIX, a Dover Company, designs and
 manufactures an extensive line of commercial refrigerated display cases,
 refrigeration systems and mechanical centers, power systems, and walk-in
 coolers and freezers. For more information, visit www.hillphoenix.com.
 
 

SOURCE Food Lion LLC

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