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 the programs we have in place would be possible without each and every store doing their part,” said George Parmenter, Manager of Sustainability for Hannaford. “Hannaford proudly shares the store’s sustainability accomplishments in webinars and other communications with external stakeholders like regulators, other retailers, environmental non-profits and most importantly our customers. These successes enhance our credibility and Hannaford’s brand and send a strong signal that we walk the walk as a steward of the planet and beneficial member of our communities.” The winning stores are listed at the end of this article.
Specifically, in 2016, Hannaford engaged their stores on a focus on food donations, directing them that when they had safe edible food that cannot be sold, the first priority was that food should go toward hunger relief. Stores responded to this call to action. Hannaford stores in New York created the innovative and unique Hannaford Fresh Rescue team that partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to improve the quality and quantity of Hannaford’s in-store fresh rescue efforts. In Maine, Hannaford will be awarded the Good Shepherd Food Bank JoAnn Pike Humanitarian Award in honor of the company’s exceptional service to the community. Across the Hannaford network, food donations increased by over 10% over 2015 and stores donated more than 22 million pounds of food.
The GSC data on Hannaford’s sustainability practices shows that Hannaford makes considerable investments each year in its associates, facilities and communities, as it continually seeks to improve its sustainability performance. As a result of these operating practices, Hannaford is annually saving:
- 78,000 tons of waste from going to landfills;
- Nearly 97 million gallons of water from being used; and
- More than 261,000 tons of greenhouse gases from being released.
In 2015, Hannaford saved more than $23 million, an average of $125,000 per store, through its sustainability practices. The total value of sustainability in 2015 included an additional $5.4 million in savings from newly measurable practices that were not quantified by the GSC in 2014.
Hannaford Stores were recognized in the following communities:
- Ellsworth, ME
- Augusta, ME
- China, ME
- Buxton, ME
- No Conway , NH
- Derry , NH
- Brandon, VT
- Clifton Park, NY (2nd year in a row)
- Redhook, NY
- Rindge, NH (#1 for all Hannaford)
- Lancaster, MA
- Middleborough, MA
- Herkimer, NY