press release

March 9, 2016

Contact:
Jamie Miller
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All Giant Food stores now offer 100 percent sustainably sourced fresh seafood

Landover, Md. (March 9, 2016) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced today that all seafood sold from its in-store service counters is now 100 percent sustainably and responsibly sourced. In addition, 100 percent of Giant’s Nature’s Promise and Own Brand seafood products are also now sustainably sourced, including frozen shrimp and canned tuna. In total, customers will find more than 200 sustainable seafood items at Giant stores.

“Sustainable seafood is the right consumer choice and is also better for the health of the aquatic ecosystems that produce it,” said Marissa Nelson, Senior Vice President of Responsible Retailing and Healthy Living, Ahold USA, Giant’s parent company. “We work with seafood suppliers who share our same values of respect for the environment and responsible product sourcing. By supporting these environmentally responsible fisheries and fish farms, our division stores provide high quality seafood that is not only good for our customers, but ensure the same quality seafood will be available for years to come.”

To make smart seafood purchasing decisions, Giant created a standard that follows leading industry practices and certifications as those of Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council or Best Aquaculture Practices. Giant’s program ensures seafood meets strict criteria and has been farmed or fished in an environmentally responsible manner. As part of this initiative, a comprehensive training program has been designed to further teach store associates about responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood, including species specific origin and sustainability criteria.

For more information and to view a video on Giant stores’ commitment to sustainable seafood, visit Giant’s website.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC is committed to helping its customers save time, save money and eat well. Headquartered in Landover, Md., Giant Food LLC operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders 80 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2015, Giant's monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13.9 million. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.