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Food Lion extends successful streak

foodlionWhen you shop at Food Lion, you may have noticed doors on dairy and produce cases to contain cold temperatures and motion sensors on the freezer cases that turn the lighting on and off. These are just some of the many ways Food Lion is delivering on its promise to be a better neighbor for the towns and cities we serve by caring for the environment. It is also what led to being Food Lion recently being named Energy Star Partner of the Year for a 19th consecutive year.

Since 2000, Food Lion's energy reductions in carbon emissions are equivalent to supplying the energy needed to charge more than 75.3 billion smart phones or providing 70,717 neighbors homes’ energy for one year. An example of an energy-saving technique used is upgrading our in-store lighting to LED’s. So far, more than 400 stores have been upgraded within its 10-state footprint.  

“Food Lion has won the Energy Star Partner of the Year award 19 years consecutively, achieving the Sustained Excellence distinction for the last 17 of those years,” said Stephan Sylvan, director of communications for the climate protection partnerships division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “Food Lion has received this honor more times than any other company.”

The Energy Star Partner of the Year awards are given to organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency achievements. The EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received Energy Star Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition.

“We are honored to serve as a leader in energy conservation and efficiency,” said Matt Yates, vice president of brand strategy for Food Lion. “Our energy savings help us lower our costs, so we can keep our prices low for our customers."

As part of its commitment to caring for its neighbors and caring for our planet, Food Lion has routinely set and achieved a number of sustainability goals. In addition to energy conservation, Food Lion also has industry-leading sustainable sourcing standards, increased recycling to divert more waste from landfills and has donated the equivalent of more than 300 million meals through its pioneering Food Lion Feeds food rescue effort, through which food is donated to local hunger relief organizations and 30 food banks across the grocer’s 10-state footprint before it perishes to feed neighbors in need.

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