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Food Lion’s family of banner stores has earned its ninth consecutive Energy Star award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as its seventh award from the agency for Sustained Excellence. The Salisbury, N.C.-based grocery chain was one of 50 companies recognized in the Sustained Excellence category and among 110 overall award winners.
“We are honored to receive this Energy Star Sustained Excellence award and are committed to being strong corporate citizens in the communities in which we operate,” said Kyle Mitchell, VP of store development for Food Lion, whose family of banners and Bottom Dollar stores “remain dedicated to environmental stewardship and are proud to continue to lead the way with energy conservation initiatives.”
EPA recognizes organizations in one of three major categories: Sustained Excellence, Partner of the Year and Excellence. As a Sustained Excellence winner, the Food Lion Family of Banners and Bottom Dollar Food were honored for continued energy consumption reductions, as well as a strong corporate commitment to promoting superior energy performance.
For nearly a decade, Food Lion — which operates more than 1,300 supermarkets under its eponymous and Bloom, Harveys or Reid’s banners, along with 28 discount Bottom Dollars in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland — has been dedicated to numerous sustainability initiatives, such as energy conservation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout its 11-state footprint, thus reducing its energy consumption by more than 25 percent since 2000, or 2.61 trillion BTUs. Of the more than 1,570 grocery stores recognized by EPA for earning Energy Star labels for superior energy efficiency, Food Lion Family banners and Bottom Dollar Food have earned more than 900 of these labels.