Food Lion Family, Bloom, and Bottom Dollar Food

Salisbury, North Carolina

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence - Energy Management

Food Lion Family, Bloom, and Bottom Dollar Food

Food Lion Family, Bloom, and Bottom Dollar Food is the largest operating entity of Belgium-based Delhaize Group, operating more than 1,300 grocery stores in 11 southeast and mid-Atlantic states and employing more than 74,000 associates. Food Lion Family, Bloom, and Bottom Dollar Food is receiving Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued dedication to identifying, developing, and investing in new technologies and operational best practices to save energy and money. Key 2011 accomplishments include:


         Reducing company-wide energy consumption by 1.3 percent, thereby eliminating the consumption of 87.7 billion Btu and saving more than $2.04 million. Since 2000, the grocers have improved efficiency by more than 28 percent, or 2 trillion Btu, and saved more than $61 million.

         Earning the ENERGY STAR for an additional 37 stores, for a total of 1,052 stores, or 77 percent of its entire chain.

         Mentoring independently operated sister company Sweetbay Supermarket, by helping it launch multiple energy management initiatives and earn the ENERGY STAR for 53 of its 105 stores.

         Expanding a successful pilot program to put glass doors on medium-temperature cases--a measure found to cut a stores overall energy bills by 10 percent without impacting sales--by tripling capital investment in 2011 to more than $5 million and enclosing cases at another 106 stores.

         Inspiring others to take action by sharing successes with employees, customers, and competitors; company representatives served as speakers and panel experts at energy-related conferences and events, contributed to white papers, and created 30-second announcements about energy conservation that are played over in-store PA systems.

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