Moving towards sustainable operations is a big part of our thinking.
With a nationwide network of supermarkets, four distribution centres, three processing plants and two support offices, reducing the environmental impact as our business grows has meant a concerted effort across all areas of the business.
We've had to make sizeable environmental gains, quickly, to off-set the impact of new stores, which is a challenge with a large number of existing stores with older infrastructure.
With the introduction of more energy efficient refrigeration systems, LED lighting, freezers that reduce cold air loss, and heat reclaim technology we've taken huge steps in energy reduction. Every store since 2006 has had incremental improvement in sustainable performance.
We're proud to say we won the Resilience to Climate Change category at this year's (2016) Green Ribbon Awards for our work in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
The Green Ribbon Awards, run by the Ministry for the Environment, recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protect and enhance New Zealand’s environment.