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Supervalu Moves Toward Zero Waste Food Stores

Retail food giant expects to have 40 zero waste stores by 2012.

Supervalu, Inc., the Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based parent company of grocery chains like Albertson’s, Shop ‘n Save, Cub Foods and Farm Fresh, has announced that it will  expect 40 of its stores to comply with a zero waste policy by February 2012.

According to the company, its recycling revenues exceeded its landfill expenses for the first time in the firm’s history in 2010.  This success, along with the fact that the company already has two zero waste Albertson’s stores  located in southern California has convinced the company that it can successfully move toward zero waste in 40 other locations.

Participating grocery stores will have to divert at least 90% of their trash from local landfills to receive the zero waste designation from Supervalu, Inc.

The commitment to significantly increase the number of zero waste stores is part of a long-term strategy for Supervalu.  And with Supervalu’s stated goal of becoming a leader in sustainability, the company is moving quickly to reposition itself as a waste-conscious choice for consumers.

About Sebrina Zerkus Smith

Professional writer, foodie. Lupus survivor. Loves pugs, wine, days at the beach and good movies. Takes recycling seriously, but not much else. Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.

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