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LEDs Produce Big Savings

BY Marianne Wilson

United Supermarkets has taken a big bite out of its energy bill by switching to light-emitting-diode (LED) technology. The Lubbock, Texas-based supermarket chain has retrofitted the low- and medium-temperature refrigerated display cases in all of its 47 stores with LEDs.

The project involved replacing the existing lamps—traditional T12 and T8 fluorescent lamps—in the cases with the new solution (LED Refrigerated Display Lighting Solution from Lumination, a GE Consumer & Industrial business). More than 3,600 doors in United Supermarkets’ reach-in freezer cases were retrofitted with the LEDs.

The retailer had two important goals in undertaking the retrofit: It wanted to lower the energy costs in its refrigerated coolers and also improve the look of its product facings. The new lamps fit the bill on both accounts. According to Lumination, the LEDs are designed to provide up to 78% energy savings compared with VHO fluorescent lamps in a five-door fixture, and to have more than two times the life of fluorescent lamps in a cold environment, which reduces maintenance costs. The lamps also provide uniform color and improved product visibility with reduced light-source glare on products.

United Supermarkets expects to save more than $633,000 annually in energy and maintenance savings (with a breakdown of $369,000 in energy savings and $264,000 in maintenance savings). The expected payback is 1.8 years through energy savings and years of virtually maintenance-free service (the lamps have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours).

“Lowering our energy costs is very important to us, and the LED retrofit is providing significant energy savings,” said Michael Molina, VP of facilities and design, United Supermarkets, which operates stores under three banners: United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos United.

In a bonus for the supermarket chain, the Lumination LEDs can be turned off at night without any negative impact on performance or lifetime. This capability has allowed United Supermarkets to reduce the total hours of operation for the lighting in its refrigerated coolers from 24 hours each day with fluorescent lamps to 16 hours per day with LEDs.

The retrofit, which represents an annual 2.9 million lb. reduction of carbon-dioxide emissions, also is in keeping with the company’s commitment to the environment.

“Doing all we can to be environmentally conscious is very important to us,” Molina said. “We’re a 92-year-old company now in the third generation of family ownership, and we want to make our operations better now and for the next generation.”

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Best Buy LCD TV line to earn Energy Star label

BY CSA STAFF

MINNEAPOLIS Best Buy has announced that its entire line of exclusive-branded Insignia LCD televisions manufactured after Nov. 1 will meet the new ENERGY STAR version 3.0 requirements, including six Insignia models which will exceed the new specification for energy-efficient televisions by 15% or more.

All Insignia LCD televisions available at Best Buy stores across the U.S. by Dec. 31 will be ENERGY STAR 3.0 certified. For more information and an updated list of brands meet the 3.0 specification, visit www.energystar.gov/products.

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Klein’s Markets joins Wakefern under ShopRite banner

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KEASBEY, N.J. and FOREST HILL, Md. Klein’s Family Markets, based in Harford County, Maryland, announced that it will be joining the Wakefern Food retail cooperative. With membership in the cooperative, Klein’s will transition its seven stores to the ShopRite banner.

“Transitioning to the ShopRite banner will allow us to expand our offering throughout our store including a broader selection in our meat, produce, deli and bakery departments,” noted Marshall Klein, perishable director of Klein’s Family Markets. Marshall Klein also noted that the quality of the ShopRite private label brand was another consideration when deciding to join ShopRite. “Harford County residents will now have access to more than 3,000 ShopRite branded items, including imported specialty foods, that we believe will bring a new level of quality and value to our customers,” said Klein.

The Klein family becomes the forty-fourth member of Wakefern Food Corp. and will complete their transition to the ShopRite banner by the first quarter of 2009. In addition to providing its members with procurement, warehousing and distribution services, Wakefern is the marketing and advertising arm for ShopRite.

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