El Segundo, Calif. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market on Wednesday opened the first grocery store in Southern California to use naturally occurring carbon dioxide (CO2) refrigeration. The store, located in Rosemead, Calif., is Fresh & Easy’s first to be GreenChill certified.
Fresh & Easy’s sub critical cascade CO2 refrigeration system, which is one of only four in the United States, reduces the impact of the store’s refrigeration on the ozone layer by about 70%, as compared with industry standards. By utilizing a natural refrigerant, the system has an approximately 50% lower global warming potential than traditional refrigerants.
Fresh & Easy’s partners on the project included Kysor/Warren, Columbus, Ga., the equipment manufacturer and designer of the system, and Source Re