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    ShopRite Stores 1st in Conn. to Earn Grocery Stewardship

    Designation recognizes locations for reducing waste, energy use, water use

    Garafalo Markets, also known as Milford Markets LLC, has received Grocery Stewardship Certification from Manomet for five of its ShopRite stores, making them the first supermarkets in the state of Connecticut to earn the designation. Awarded in July, the certification recognizes the company’s commitment to incorporating sustainable best practices.

    "We work very hard with our employees to reach those high standards for certification," said Harry Garafalo, who operates stores in Milford, East Haven, Stratford, West Haven and Hamden, Conn., at the recent FMI/GMA Global Sustainability Summit in Denver. "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."

    As a result of their sustainable operating practices, the certified 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 and almost 4,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases from being released.

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