First-of-its-kind CO2 cascading system reduces ozone-depleting refrigerants by 30 percent
Grocer Food Lion LLC and refrigeration manufacturer Kysor//Warren unveiled the grocery industry's first cascading refrigeration system with naturally occurring carbon dioxide (CO2) to keep frozen and fresh foods cold.
Food Lion demonstrated the system during an event held for industry peers and members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a cooperative alliance working to reduce the use of ozone-depleting gases and curb greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions. The College Park store, located at 5432 River Station Blvd., is Food Lion's fourth GreenChill advanced refrigeration store and its third store to incorporate the use of CO2, a natural compound that reduces the amount of refrigerants needed to keep products cool or frozen by more than 30 percent.
The system is Food Lion's first "cascading" CO2 refrigeration cycle, which uses a single system and just one condensing unit to refrigerate and freeze foods. Before Kysor//Warren developed this system, grocers incorporating CO2 refrigeration systems needed two condensing units as well as a freezer-specific system and a refrigeration (medium temperature) specific system. This is Kysor//Warren's first CO2 advanced refrigeration system in a retail grocery store setting.
"Food Lion has a long-standing commitment to environmentally friendly operations," said Wayne Rosa, Food Lion's Energy and Maintenance Manager. "The advanced refrigeration system in our College Park store offers sustainability-minded grocers like Food Lion another way to dramatically reduce the amount of ozone-depleting refrigerants their coolers and freezers use."
Food Lion was one of the first grocers to voluntarily commit to the EPA's GreenChill advanced refrigeration partnership, an initiative where companies pledge to go above and beyond regulatory requirements in protecting the ozone layer and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Food Lion was also one of EPA's first ENERGY STAR® partners and has 892 certified stores, more than half of the ENERGY STAR certified stores in the United States. In addition, Food Lion is the only grocery chain to win eight consecutive EPA ENERGY STAR awards.
Food Lion's College Park store opened Sept. 30, 2009. The 35,000-square-foot store employs 74 associates.
About Food Lion LLC
Food Lion LLC is a subsidiary of Brussels-based Delhaize Group (NYSE: DEG). Food Lion LLC operates more than 1,300 supermarkets, either directly or through affiliated entities, under the names of Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food, Harveys, and Reid's. These stores meet local customer needs and preferences for the freshest and best quality products. Food Lion LLC employs approximately 74,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Kysor//Warren, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., operates two manufacturing facilities in Columbus, GA. We have been creating commercial refrigeration display cases and refrigeration systems for over 125 years and we are proud of this accomplishment. Built on a tradition of excellence, we are proud of our products, services and commitment to our customers. For more information, visit www.kysorwarren.com.
About Manitowoc Foodservice
Manitowoc Foodservice, a division of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., designs, manufactures and supplies best-in-class food and beverage equipment for the global foodservice market. Manitowoc Foodservice offers customers unparalleled operator and patron insights, collaborative kitchen solutions, culinary expertise and world-class implementation support and service, whether locations are around the corner or across the globe. With operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the company has a portfolio of best-in-class brands including Cleveland, Convotherm®, Delfield®, Fabristeel, Frymaster®, Garland®, Jackson, Kolpak®, Kysor//Warren®, Kysor Panel Systems®, Lincoln, Manitowoc® Ice, McCall®, Multiplex®, Merrychef®, Servend® and Manitowoc® Beverage Systems. For more information, visit www.manitowocfoodservice.com.
About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with over 100 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognized as one of the world's largest providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. Manitowoc also is one of the world's leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment as described above.
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