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
- 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
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
- 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
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."
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
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