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    You’d never think of it as a plant nutrient, but last month wine was shown to help in the growth of trees – more than 16,000 of them, in fact.

    You’d never think of it as a plant nutrient, but last month wine was shown to help in the growth of trees – more than 16,000 of them, in fact.

    This past Earth Day, more than 16,700 trees were planted by American Forests – a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental restoration and who has planted trees in areas devastated by wildfires – from sales of both the exclusive Fresh & Easy Sauvignon Blanc and our ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc wines (www.onehopewine.com).

    The tree-planting was the result of a novel Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market (www.freshandeasy.com) promotion that seeded funds to help American Forests -- a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental restoration -- plant trees in areas devastated by wildfires for each bottle of award-winning ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc Wine purchased.
    “At Fresh & Easy, we try to reduce our impact on the environment in everything we do, so it just makes sense to keep that in mind when it comes to the wine we offer,” said Karen Fletcher, wine category manager at El Segundo, Calif.-based Fresh & Easy, a division of U.K. grocer Tesco. “We partnered with ONEHOPE so we can provide our customers with a high-quality, affordable wine that also helps make our neighborhoods a little greener."

    Fresh & Easy launched ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc blend last Earth Day with Sonoma Wine Co., using sustainable wine-growing practices. Last year, American Forests planted more than 3,200 new trees as a result of customer purchases. The Graton, Calif.-based winery is a member of the Sonoma County Green Business Program and the Wine Institute’s Sustainable Winegrowing Program.

    Fresh & Easy’s ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc was developed to offer a crisp, dry white taste, with flavors of passionfruit and guava. The medium-bodied, smooth varietal pairs well with pasta. Last year, it won a Silver Medal at the 2008 Long Beach Grand Cru International Wine Competition. The wine retails for $9.99 per 750-milliliter bottle.

    Fresh & Easy currently operates 146 stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

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