Raley's rolls out new environmentally-friendly food safety program

Program to save water, energy, shipping, labor

Raley's Supermarket on Sunol Boulevard in Pleasanton is rolling out a new cleaning and sanitation program that will save water, lower energy consumption, save tons in shipping and reduce labor.

The program, which began at all Raley's stores at the end of 2014, will be complete by the end of April.

The Northern California supermarket chain is the first to implement the program, which focuses on simplifying food safety processes to ensue proper cleaning and delivering operational savings through the use of less labor, water, energy and waste.

Systemwide, the Raley's program will save approximately 4 million gallons of water, lower energy consumption by 7.5 million kWh's of energy, save 100 tons in shipping and reduce labor by over 23,000 hours a year.

"Ecolab's new program is just one of the ways our company is leveraging innovation to help us reduce our overall environmental impact," said Megan Burritt, Raley's Director of Wellness and Sustainability.

"New solutions like Whiteout and LmENTARY specifically will help us achieve significant water and energy savings, and using SolidSense in our sinks translates into meaningful shipping and waste reductions."

"Ensuring that we provide our customers the cleanest and safest shopping experience possible is critical to what we do at Raley's," said Toni Hofer, Raley's senior manger of Food Safety, Quality Assurance and Retail Compliance.

"Ecolab's new program helps make cleaning easier and faster for our team members which not only translates into saving on labor and utilities," Hofer added.

Raley's, founded in 1935 by Tom Raley, is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento. The company operates 118 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley's Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.

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