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Food Lion’s Sustainable Leadership Receives National Recognition; Matt Yates Shares

Food Lion’s Sustainable Leadership Receives National Recognition; Matt Yates Shares

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

Food Lion is celebrating operational excellence after receiving yet another ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

“We created our commitment to sustainability around immense care for the towns and cities we serve and an energy-efficient future,” said Matt Yates, Vice President, Brand Strategy, Food Lion. “By including the disciplines embedded in our DNA to turn the lights off when leaving a room and making sure freezer doors close completely not only establish good business practices, but also a solid framework to deepen our commitment to sustainability.”

For the 23rd consecutive year, the retail chain has received this distinctive honor, demonstrating its outstanding leadership and advocacy of energy preservation to promote a cleaner future.

Food Lion is celebrating some exciting operational achievements as the company earns yet another ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year AwardA press release noted that Food Lion has made several strides in sustainability over the past year. For example, in 2023, the company converted overhead lighting from fluorescent to LED in 224 stores; Now, 95 percent of Food Lion’s 1,108 stores have more sustainable lighting with upgrades planned in 2024 for the remaining locations.

Additionally, Food Lion’s reduction in energy usage since 2000 is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 123,114 homes’ electricity use for one year. More than 900 of Food Lion’s total 1,108 stores are ENERGY STAR certified, conserving energy and resources by generating fewer gas emissions than typical buildings.

To dive deeper into the chain’s sustainability strategies, click here.

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