ShopRite Garafalo Markets first in Connecticut to achieve ‘Grocery Stewardship Certification’

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Five ShopRite stores recognized for their sustainable and operational efficiency in July

DENVER, CO  August 20, 2015  ShopRite Garafalo Markets achieved ‘Grocery Stewardship Certification’ for five of their ShopRite stores this July. The special certification recognizes the company’s commitment to incorporating sustainable best practices in their ShopRite stores.  Garafalo Markets, which operates ShopRite stores in Milford, East Haven, Stratford, West Haven, and Hamden, is reducing its environmental impact and saving money for customers by implementing operational sustainability practices in stores.

Harry Garafalo, owner of the stores, says ShopRite is committed to sustainability.

“We work very hard with our employees to reach those high standards for certification.  Most importantly, we focus on reducing our waste, energy usage and water usage to keep our prices as affordable as possible, while recognizing our role as a business and community leader to make the world a more sustainable place for our customers,” he said from the FMI/GMA Global Sustainability Summit.

ShopRite Grocery Stewardship Certification

5 ShopRite stores become first Connecticut Grocery Stewardship Certified stores

5 ShopRite stores become first Connecticut Grocery Stewardship Certified stores

These ShopRite stores are the first stores in Connecticut to receive the Grocery Stewardship Certification.  As a result of their sustainable operating practices, these five ShopRite stores are annually saving:

  • More than 2 million pounds of waste from going to landfills
  • More than 2 million gallons of water from being used
  • Nearly 4,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases from being released.

Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program is the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification program. The purpose of the GSC is to reduce the environmental impacts (waste, water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions) of grocery stores, consumers, and entire supply chains. The Grocery Stewardship Certification program is run by Manomet’s Sustainable Economies program and was launched in 2012.

“Garafalo Markets performed very well in their assessments and we’re pleased to recognize them as ‘environmental leaders’ in the grocery community.  Their ShopRite stores all easily achieved the GSC certification and we look forward to working with them to keep their stores operating in the most sustainable and efficient way possible,” said Peter Cooke, program manager of the Grocery Stewardship Certification program.

To learn more about the Grocery Stewardship Certification program, visit

About Garafalo Markets
Led by Harry Garafalo, Milford Markets, LLC has been in business since 2003 and employs approximately 1,100 associates in our stores. The company currently owns and operates ShopRite stores in Milford, East Haven, Stratford, West Haven, and Hamden.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.  With more than 250 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.  A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves.  Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated $38 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999.  As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $27 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups.  Progressive Grocer named ShopRite its 2011 Retailer of the Year and Supermarket News awarded ShopRite its 2011 Retail Excellence Award.  For more information, please visit