Two New York State Wegmans stores earn Grocery Stewardship Certification

on September 27, 2017 Certified Grocers, Energy efficiency, Uncategorized, Wegmans and Tags: , , , , , , with 0 comments

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., a regional supermarket chain, achieved Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) at two of its stores in Pittsford and Canandaigua, N.Y. The certification recognizes the company’s commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources.  The Canandaigua store has the distinction of being the highest point recipient […]

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Five More ShopRite Stores Earn Grocery Stewardship Certification

on July 11, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

Supermarkets recognized for their commitment to reducing energy use and waste Five ShopRite stores have achieved Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), which recognizes the company’s commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact and save resources. ShopRite stores located in Somers Point, Hammonton, Hillsborough Township, Livingston and Chatham Township in New Jersey, […]

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Grocers Cut Waste, But Does It Earn Them Customers?

on June 26, 2017 Energy efficiency, food waste, lighting efficiency, recycling, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

This article was written by Lori Valigra and originally published by Mainebiz June 26, 2017.  See the original article here.   Environmental scientist Peter Cooke nods approvingly as he browses the aisles of Freeport’s Bow Street Market with the store’s general manager, Jim Frey, pointing to the community bulletin board and seating area by the front door, the […]

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Hannaford announces store-level sustainability awards

on February 16, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

At a ceremony in early February 2017, Hannaford Supermarkets gave out their annual retail sustainability awards. These awards highlight high achieving stores in the area of recycling, food donations and general waste reduction.  Hannaford used the sustainability data collected through their annual Grocery Stewardship Certification benchmarking process to help choose the winners. “Truly, none of […]

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GSC partners with the MA Food Association and the FRESH Coalition to Develop Sustainability BMPs

on February 16, 2017 Uncategorized with 0 comments

The Grocery Stewardship Certification is partnering with the Massachusetts Food Association and the FRESH Coalition to develop sustainability “best management practices” (BMPs) for improving the environmental performance of food retailers. Food retail establishments are at an informative stage where they are practicing “random acts of greenness” but need help conducting the right practices in the […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Refrigerator Cases

on February 13, 2017 food waste, GreenChill, refrigeration, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , with 0 comments

Freezes and coolers with doors keeps products fresher longer and slashes energy bills. These doors are often removable, allowing stores to customize the display during times of high traffic, like holidays. Leaving these freezers and coolers uncovered can lead to some expensive results. Products in open, uncovered coffin/bunker style freezers and coolers are more likely to […]

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7 Easy Ways to Practice Operational Sustainability

on December 19, 2016 Uncategorized with 0 comments

The grocery sector has potentially the greatest opportunity to make the planet more sustainable.  In November 2016, Peter Cooke, Program Manager, Grocery Stewardship Certification and Katie Flynn, Energy Manager, Giant Eagle presented on the EPA’s GreenChill webinar series. Systemizing the approach to sustainability can save tens of thousands of dollars for any grocery store. They discussed the […]

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Sustainable Practices: What’s the Value

on September 23, 2016 Energy efficiency, food waste, Hannaford, Uncategorized, Weis Markets and Tags: , , , , , with 0 comments

In September 2016, Grocery Stewardship Certification Program Manager Peter Cooke presented at the FMI Energy & Store Development conference in New Orleans.  The panel presentation included Wayne Rosa of Delhaize America Shared Services and Patti Olenick of Weis Markets.  To view their complete presentation Sustainable Practices: What’s the Value?, click here. The key take-away for […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Product Display

on August 30, 2016 product display, Study, the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

More and more consumers are interested in purchasing products that reflect their values and are made by companies that practice social and environmental responsibility. According to a 2015 study by Nielsen, 66% of consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for these products.  When you just consider the millennial consumer, 73% of global millennials are willing to […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Pre-rinse Spray Valves

on July 27, 2016 the Bad and the Ugly, The Good, Uncategorized, Water consumption and Tags: , , , , with 0 comments

One of the things we hear most from retailers that we work with is that going through the Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) process drives home the many, many things that impact sustainability at a grocery store.  Store employees are not just given the big picture about why sustainability matters (making the planet and community better […]

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