SALISBURY, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its latest move to make its private brand products and packaging more sustainable, Food Lion has announced today a new sustainable chemistry commitment.
Working in partnership with Retail Business Services, which develops private brand products for each of the Ahold Delhaize USA local brands, Food Lion and Retail Business Services will restrict certain chemicals from products and packaging, work with suppliers to ensure products meet high standards for ingredients beyond what’s required by law today and collaborate with suppliers to address root causes of contaminants.
“Food Lion is committed to caring for our customers and our communities. This sustainable chemistry commitment is just one more way we are demonstrating that care through our sustainability initiatives,” said Meg Ham, president of Food Lion. “Food Lion has always been committed to making available the best products for our customers to nourish their families and today we are taking that commitment one step further.”
Food Lion has adopted this new sustainable chemistry policy which outlines sustainable chemistry practices across three key areas:
Beginning in 2020, Food Lion, along with its parent company, Ahold Delhaize USA, will participate in The Chemical Footprint Project, reporting annually on progress toward the commitment.
Food Lion will also monitor emerging information and reports to ensure that its restricted substance lists are updated on a regular basis. The work builds upon a commitment that Retail Business Services made last year to remove all synthetic colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, sweeteners, MSG and high fructose corn syrup from all private brands products by 2025.
About Food Lion
Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, has more than 1,000 stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and employs more than 63,000 associates. By leveraging its longstanding heritage of low prices and convenient locations, Food Lion is working to own the easiest full shop grocery experience in the Southeast, anchored by a strong commitment to affordability, freshness and the communities it serves. Through Food Lion Feeds, the company has donated more than 500 million meals to individuals and families since 2014 and has committed to donate 1 billion more meals by 2025. Food Lion is a company of Ahold Delhaize USA, the U.S. division of Zaandam-based Ahold Delhaize Group. For more information, visit www.foodlion.com.