April 19, 2013
Giant Food of Landover, MD
Giant Food Highlights Ways to Go Green at the Grocery Store
Company highlights current responsible retailing efforts
Landover, Md. (April 19, 2013) – In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Giant Food of Landover, Md. is committed to minimizing its environmental impact with a renewed focus on being a responsible retailer. Giant will focus on offering products that are responsibly sourced, reducing the impact of its own operations, and offering support to customers to do their part in cutting down on waste. Giant is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2015.
“Giant is proud to renew our focus on environmental sustainability. Making efforts to reduce our impact – and encouraging our customers to do the same – is crucial to protecting and preserving the communities in which we live and work,” said Jamie Miller, public and community relations manager, Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant has launched a new “Sustainable Choice” program to encourage customers to choose products that are sustainable, safe, and responsibly produced. In the seafood department, a “Sustainable Choice” icon alerts customers to those seafood items that have been responsibly farmed or fished, and are certified by a qualifying eco-label or listed on the New England Aquarium’s Best Choices list. Several items available at the fresh seafood case currently meet these criteria, including Farmed Tilapia, Alaska Pollock, Alaska Sockeye Salmon, Pacific Cod, Previously Frozen Haddock and 12 oz. frozen pre-packaged items that are Giant’s Nature’s Promise. Additional eligible seafood items and Giant’s own brand items will receive a Sustainable Choice icon over the next two years.
By 2020, Giant has also set a goal of reaching “Zero Waste” which is defined as diverting 90 percent of waste going to landfills and incineration through the expansion of its organic recycling program and the creation of new opportunities for recycling cardboard and plastic. The new recycling program will include increasing consumable food donations to regional food banks. Any food that cannot be donated is also being reused as livestock feed, composted or converted to electricity. Currently all of Giant’s stores have the capability to recycle or reuse organic material.
Giant is encouraging customers to join them in these efforts by remembering to bring reusable bags with them every time they shop. In addition to being environmentally friendly, reusable bags are larger and fit more groceries than a traditional plastic grocery bag, decreasing the number of bags needed. Last year, Giant saved approximately 100.5 million plastic and paper bags, thanks to those customers who regularly shopped with reusable bags. Giant is working with its associates to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used by ensuring each bag is properly filled to avoid unnecessary extra bags.
To mark Earth Day, Giant has introduced a special green reusable bag now available in all stores for a limited time. Every time a customer shops using one or more reusable bags now through May 30, they will be entered automatically at the checkout to win free groceries for one year. In addition, Giant is a lead supporter of the Anacostia Watershed Society’s 2013 Earth Day Celebration.
Giant recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability, both inside and outside its stores. In 2010, Giant opened its first store with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Burtonsville, Md. Giant Food has Energy Star-rated appliances and equipment, enhanced building ventilation and filters, a green cleaning program using non-toxic materials, and an Energy Management System that monitors the performance of the Lighting, Refrigeration and HVAC systems. LEED-certified buildings are designed to use resources more efficiently.
Being a responsible retailer is central to Giant’s business. To learn more about the ways Giant and its parent company Ahold USA are committed to responsibly sourcing products and caring for the environment, check out the 2012 Responsible Retailing Report available here.
About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 155 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 more than 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.