News

Stop & Shop to transform food waste into energy

BY Marianne Wilson

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop has broken ground on the company’s first anaerobic digester at its distribution center in Freetown, Massachusetts. The state-of-the-art digester will turn food scraps into clean energy.
 
As part of its sustainability efforts, Stop & Shop plans to donate and divert as much food waste and unsold food as possible to regional food banks and farms. But food that cannot be donated will be sent to the digester. The supermarket retailer has set a long-term goal to divert 90% of waste going to landfills.
 
The food from stores that goes unsold, or is unable to be donated, will be transported to the distribution center. Then, by recreating the natural process of anaerobic digestion (an organically occurring water purification system found in wetlands) carbon in the organic material is cleanly and efficiently converted into a biogas and used as a power source.
 
“We are excited to begin the groundbreaking of this facility, as it’s a clear proof point of our commitment to reducing waste across our supply chain,” said Jihad Rizkallah VP of responsible retailing for Ahold USA, parent company of Stop & Shop. “Once operational, the anaerobic digester will create approximately 1.25 megawatts of clean, based load electricity, which would offset up to 40% of the Freetown facility’s energy use. This is just one of the ways we strive to be a better neighbor, and a responsible retailer in the communities we serve.”
 
The digester is anticipated to begin full operation by first-quarter 2016.
keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon's entry would shake up the most?
News

Febreze Air Purifiers now available at CVS/pharmacy

BY Ryan Chavis

Image: FrebrezeAirPurifiers.com
 
SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Allergy sufferers can now find relief in the form of Febreze Tabletop Air Purifiers, which can now be purchased at CVS/pharmacy, according to the brand. The purifier helps clean the air as well as freshen with the help of Febreze linen and sky scents.
 
"Although outdoor allergens are often a focus this time of year, it's equally important to reduce airborne allergens inside the home where many of these particles go unnoticed," said Dr. Ted Myatt, ScD, senior scientist with Environmental Health and Engineering and the University of Rhode Island. "With more than 2,400 CVS/pharmacy stores now stocking Febreze Air Purifiers, more people will be able to enjoy the season by getting cleaner, fresher indoor air."
 
Febreze Air Purifiers remove up to 99% of airborne particles while also trapping household odors and adding a Febreze scent to the filtered air. The tabletop unit comes with a scent cartridge that lasts for up to 30 days as well as a HEPA-type filter that lasts up to four months. Replacement scent cartridges and HEPA-type filters are also available at CVS/pharmacy. 
 
Consumers can check to see if their local CVS/pharmacy locations carry the purifiers by visiting FebrezeAirPurifiers.com/CVS.
keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon's entry would shake up the most?
News

CVS Health’s Larry Merlo discusses rebranding, tobacco ban at TEDx event

BY Antoinette Alexander

 

 

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — During a recent TEDx event, CVS Health president and CEO Larry Merlo discussed the realignment of the company’s brand to "CVS Health" and its decision to pull tobacco products from its shelves.

The talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED. TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.
 

keyboard_arrow_downCOMMENTS

Leave a Reply

No comments found

TRENDING STORIES

Polls

Which area of the industry do you think Amazon's entry would shake up the most?