Food Lion Family, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food comprises several leading supermarket chains, with more than 1,300 stores in 11 southeast and mid-Atlantic States and 74,000 associates. The company takes great pride in its energy program and considers energy management to be a cornerstone of its operational strategy. Food Lion Family, Bloom and Bottom Dollar Food is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for its consistent reductions in energy consumption and strong commitment to strategic energy management practices. Key accomplishments include:
· Reducing energy consumption by more than 2.69 trillion Btus, trimming energy use by more than 25 percent, and adding more than $59 million to its bottom line since 2000.
· Earning the ENERGY STAR for 66 additional stores in 2010, for a total of 1,044 certified stores.
· Partnering with Coca-Cola bottlers to place only ENERGY STAR qualified vending machines in new and remodeled store areas.
· Executing a successful pilot program to measure the impact of installing glass doors on medium-temperature cases, reducing energy consumption for the refrigeration system by more than 30 percent with a net neutral sales impact.
· Educating customers and the general public about the value of energy efficiency by speaking at energy-related conferences and events, highlighting the company's ENERGY STAR partnership on announcements over store public address systems, and sponsoring Charlotte, NC's annual Earth Day expo.
· Increasing its portfolio-wide average ENERGY STAR score by five points over 2009 to 84 with 89 percent of eligible stores scoring over a 75 on EPA's ENERGY STAR energy performance scale.