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Sustainability accomplishments at Hannaford continue to grow

Oct. 26, 2016


Investments in protecting the environment pay dividends


Hannaford Supermarkets takes sustainability to the next level

Scarborough, ME (October 26, 2016) -- Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC) program today announced that Hannaford Supermarkets is the first food retail chain nationally to use the GSC to benchmark its annual sustainability progress. In 2015, Hannaford sustainability initiatives saved the company more than $23 million and provided significant, measurable benefits to the environment.

“The Grocery Stewardship Certification program provides Hannaford with tools to quantify and benchmark how our stores are saving energy, reducing waste and cutting greenhouse-gas emissions,” said George Parmenter, Manager of Sustainability for Hannaford. “We work hard to implement a comprehensive sustainability program in each of our stores and at our corporate headquarters, so that we can minimize our environmental impact. The GSC helps us to do that.”

Hannaford makes considerable investments each year in its associates, facilities and communities, as it continually seeks to improve its sustainability performance.  As a result of these operating practices, Hannaford is annually saving:

• 78,000 tons of waste from going to landfills;
• Nearly 97 million gallons of water from being used; and
• More than 261,000 tons of greenhouse gases from being released.

In 2015, Hannaford saved more than $23 million, an average of $125,000 per store, through its sustainability practices. The total value of sustainability in 2015 includes an additional $5.4 million in savings from newly measurable practices that were not quantified by the GSC in 2014.

“Hannaford was the first food retailer in the nation to enroll all of their stores in the GSC and continues to demonstrate that they are leading the pack when it comes to sustainability,” said Peter Cooke, program manager of Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification program. “Now, nearly 700 stores and more than a dozen retailers later, Hannaford has stepped up again with an annual benchmarking to show how sustainability is truly embedded into their business model.  We look forward to continuing to work with them on their path to save money and resources through operational sustainability.”

The Grocery Stewardship program is run by Manomet’s Sustainable Economies program and was launched in 2012 as the nation’s first and only grocery sustainability certification program. The purpose of the Grocery Stewardship Certification program is to substantially reduce the environmental impacts (waste, water use, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions) of grocery stores, consumers, and entire supply chains. To learn more about the Grocery Stewardship program, visit

About Manomet 
Manomet is a nonprofit organization that believes people can live and work today in ways that will enable our world to thrive and prosper tomorrow. Manomet’s mission is to apply science and engage people to sustain our world. Visit for more information.

About Hannaford 
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 179 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at