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Brookshire Grocery Company receives Green Grocer Recognition from Supermarket News

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Selected for its approach on sustainability practices and environmental responsibility, the trade magazine Supermarket News has recognized Brook-shire Grocery Company (BGC) as one of the new Green Grocer Award recipients for 2010.

BGC was acknowledged for its numerous efforts that are in effect company-wide, including increasing its recycling program and for decreasing its energy usage.

"Two years ago, our company set as one of its strategic goals that we would work to protect the environment through responsible education and continuous improvement in our usage of energy and natural resources," says Greg Nordyke, Brook-shire’s SVP of corporate development and executive sponsor of the company’s sustainability program.

As an example of BGC’s efforts to providing a greener atmosphere for its partners and for its customers, Supermarket News highlighted the company’s decision to increase its recycling program, decrease energy usage at all of its retail stores, reduce the usage of water in its manufacturing plants and its acquisition of more fuel-efficient vehicles in the company’s fleet.

BGC is beginning construction on a new concept store, Fresh, which is planned to include new technologies (including a wind turbine generator); allow for the collection of rainwater for irrigation; and provide roofs that will reflect solar heating, rather than absorb it; among many others. Fresh will also use recycled materials during its construction to reduce waste.

The company has even taken steps to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags it uses, by encouraging customers to use one of several eco-friendly designed reusable bags available in all stores. Every time a customer brings in a reusable bag when they shop, they receive .5 off per bag from their total shopping bill. To date, the company has paid out over $120,000 to customers for their bag re-use. "Going forward, we will only continue to grow and to mature in our level of social and environmental responsibility," said Rick Rayford, Brookshire’s president and CEO. "We want to integrate an awareness of the greater world around us and its betterment into every aspect of our company."

Since 1928, Brookshire Grocery Co. has operated on the principle of putting people first— customers and employees. Known for friendly service, clean stores and strong community support, BGC operates 151 stores in three states— Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas— with three distribution centers and seven manufacturing facilities.

For more information, visit www.brookshires.com and www.super1foods.com.

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