COLUMBUS, Ga. – September 13, 2010 – Kysor/Warren, a Manitowoc Foodservice company, announces installation of its environmentally-friendly CO2 refrigeration system in the recently opened Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market in Southern California, making this the second major U.S. grocery retailer to feature Kysor/Warren’s new CO2 refrigeration system. With the installation of the naturally occurring CO2 system, Fresh & Easy expects to reduce the impact of the store’s refrigeration on the ozone layer by nearly 70 percent as compared to industry standards.
“With the growing concern over the impact of refrigerant leaks into the environment, Kysor/Warren takes seriously its efforts to create ‘green’ solutions within the supermarket industry,” said Jim Laycock, president of Kysor/Warren. “We are honored to partner with Fresh & Easy in their commitment to doing what is right for the earth.”
By utilizing a natural refrigerant in conjunction with R-134a, the system lowers the global warming potential by approximately 50 percent, creating a significantly less harmful impact on the environment. The Kysor/Warren CO2 refrigeration system is one of only four in the country.
“We have worked hard across our business to lessen our impact on the environment. Kysor/Warren has been a fantastic partner and we’ve worked closely with them to find innovative ways to help us achieve this mission,” said Roberto Munoz, Fresh & Easy director of neighborhood affairs.
The newly opened Fresh & Easy store located in Rosemead, CA featuring the Kysor/Warren CO2 system earned a silver certification award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership by meeting tough benchmarks for cutting emissions that harm the earth’s protective ozone layer and contribute to global warming.
“An important part of our business operations at Kysor/Warren is to develop environmentally responsible products,” said Travis Lumpkin, vice president and systems business unit leader for Kysor/Warren. “We believe that being good stewards of the environment includes continuously seeking new processes to reduce our impact on the planet while creating long-term value for our customers to assist them in meeting their green-initiative goals.”
In October 2009, Kysor/Warren unveiled its first CO2 cascading system with grocery retailer, Food Lion. In August 2010, the manufacturer was honored with the Community Green Award recognizing it as a good steward of the environment. The award was presented by WLTZ-News 38, the local NBC affiliate in Columbus, GA.
Kysor/Warren, a division of Manitowoc Foodservice, is a top manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and refrigeration systems for supermarkets in North America. Built on a tradition of excellence, Kysor/Warren has been a part of the commercial refrigeration industry for more than 125 years. Operating two manufacturing facilities in Columbus, Ga., Kysor/Warren is a leader in developing innovative and sustainable refrigeration technologies. For more information, visit www.kysorwarren.com.
About Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
Fresh & Easy operates 163 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. In addition to fresh prepared meals, meats and produce, Fresh & Easy offers everyone’s favorite national brand products and household items, all at unbelievably low prices. The grocer’s popular Fresh & Easy brand products contain no artificial colors or flavors, no added trans fats, no high-fructose corn syrup and use preservatives only when absolutely necessary. On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket – helping save customers money while helping the environment. Fresh & Easy uses LED lighting in external signs and freezer cases, offers customer recycling in every store, and uses advanced refrigeration and freezer units to cut back on energy usage. For more information about Fresh & Easy, visit www.freshandeasy.com. Also follow the company on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/fresh_and_easy and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freshandeasy.