The food retailers that we work with here at the Grocery Stewardship Certification prioritize sustainability 365 days of the year, not just on Earth Day. But Earth Day provides a good time to try something new or take stock of all that has been accomplished over the past year. Check out our ‘Food Retailer Earth Day Roundup’ to find out what some of the retailers we work with here at the Grocery Stewardship Certification program have been up to:
Building on last year’s successful Earth Day launch, Weis Markets gave away milkweed seeds to customers in all stores to aid in habitat restoration for the Monarch Butterfly. In addition, Weis had a Kids planting party at each store to help them plant the milkweed seeds and understand the importance of the plight of the monarch.
Recently, Weis has also announced a goal to convert its entire egg category to be 100 percent cage-free by 2026!
Every day is Earth Day at Hannaford! Check out the image to the right for a summary of Hannaford’s sustainability work through-out the year.
As part of the company’s continued commitment to sustainability and animal welfare, Delhaize America announced in March that it will work with suppliers to. Delhaize America, and its Food Lion and Hannaford banners, will work toward a 100 percent cage-free shell egg assortment first in its private brand selection, which accounts for the majority of shell egg sales, reaching a 100 percent cage-free shell egg assortment by 2025.
Delhaize America also just released their 2015 Sustainability Report; we’re thrilled that they included their work with the Grocery Stewardship Certification program.
Wakefern Food Corporation/ShopRite
Each year, the “ShopRite Earth Day Challenge” challenges volunteers to beautify their communities by cleaning up litter and restoring local parks and beaches. Approximately 6,000 volunteers – wearing donated gloves and using donated trash bags from ShopRite — gathered to clean up communities in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.
The Wakefern/ShopRite team places a high priority on communicating to customers about the great things stores are doing to decrease their environmental footprint and to GO GREEN! Be sure to check out their ShopRite Earth 2016 newsletter or visit their #ShopRiteGoGreen Facebook Tab to see how their customers celebrated Earth Day!
Also as part of their Earth Day communications strategy, Wakefern talked about their work with the GSC; check out the recent article in Progressive Grocer.
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