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CARTERET, N.J. -- Pathmark here has ordered four new seafood department installations of Solon, Ohio-based Energy Focus, Inc.'s EFO lighting system, the Northeast retailer's spokesman, Rich Savner, told Progressive Grocer.
The system will be installed by December 2007 at Pathmark locations in Long Island, New York, northern New Jersey, and greater Philadelphia, according to Energy Focus (formerly Fiberstars, Inc.).
"EFO produces white light without heat, which lowers the ambient temperature in the cooler case, a particular advantage in seafood applications, as the heat produced by traditional lighting systems can accelerate spoilage," said Energy Focus c.e.o. John Davenport in a statement. "Further, Pathmark can expect to see cost savings through reduced energy usage, since EFO uses only about 25 percent of the energy of traditional lighting systems."
"[O]ur relationship with Pathmark is indicative of our strategy to expand market penetration in the Northeast," continued Davenport. "Energy Focus is aggressively engaging a broad range of commercial and industrial markets for EFO products, including grocery, drug and convenience, department, and other retail stores."
Other grocers that employ the EFO lighting system in their seafood departments are Whole Foods, Albertsons, and Harris.
Currently in the midst of a pending merger with fellow New Jersey grocer A&P, Pathmark operates 141 stores in four states.