Recognizing sustainable grocery stores in New Hampshire

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Joint initiative by NHGA, NH SBDC, and Manomet leads to savings in resources and money for New Hampshire grocery stores

Andrea O’Brien of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) presents a Tim Merrill of AGNE with a Golden Granite Grocery award.

Concord, NH April 10, 2019  Today, the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) and Manomet, a sustainability nonprofit, recognized 13 independent New Hampshire grocery stores for reducing their environmental impact and serving as strong community stewards. The stores were recognized at the New Hampshire Grocers Association’s (NHGA) Government Day Forum. Two of the stores, Vista Foods in Laconia and Wolfeboro Harvest in Wolfeboro, became the first recipients of the Golden Grocery Cart award, recognizing them as environmental leaders.

“The NH SBDC advises and educates our clients about how sustainable business management strategies can enhance the value of their company and increase their bottom line,” said Andrea O’Brien, Director, Business Sustainability Program & Business Advisor. “Working with Manomet has proven to be an effective way for grocery stores to start making progress with regard to reducing operating costs on energy, water, and waste. We are proud to join with them to recognize the hard work by New Hampshire’s independent grocery businesses and store managers to reduce their impact on the planet.”

O’Brien worked directly with the grocers to deliver the program, which uses tools developed by Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program. The GSC started in New England, and is now found in 21 states. The GSC works with grocers to engage employees on operational sustainability strategies and to review store-level practices and equipment with an eye to increasing energy efficiency, boosting revenue and lowering costs.

“Grocery stores operate on a razor-thin margin and their profits can be influenced by a wide range of things out of their control,” said Catrina Damrell, Field Manager for the GSC. “But with more sustainable operating practices, grocers can substantially reduce their energy and water costs and even generate revenue. Thanks to our strong partnership with both the NH SBDC and the New Hampshire Grocers Association, New Hampshire’s independent grocers are able to save both resources and money. That’s a win for everyone!”

The 13 stores recognized by the NH SBDC and Manomet include:


  • Allentown Bi-Wise
  • Bedford Harvest Market
  • Delay’s Harvester Market
  • EM Heath Supermarket
  • Goffstown Sully’s Superette
  • Gomarlo’s Supermarket
  • Hunter’s Shop and Save
  • Lovell Lake Food Center
  • New Harvester Market
  • Newberry Farms Market
  • North Country Shop n’Save
  • Vista Foods
  • Wolfeboro Harvest Market



About Manomet
Manomet is a nonprofit organization that believes that people can live and work in ways today that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow.  Manomet’s mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Through research and collaboration, Manomet builds science-based, cooperative solutions to environmental problems. Visit for more information.

About the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC)

NH SBDC is the leading resource for small business advising, education, and technical assistance in the Granite State.  Our team of certified business advisors provides highly individualized, confidential advising at no charge to NH enterprises.  Over the past 35 years, NH SBDC has advised or trained more than 96,000 NH entrepreneurs, helping them start over 2,000 businesses and create more than 7,500 jobs. Visit us at



Danielle Smaha
Director, Marketing and Communications
Manomet, Inc.