LARCHMONT, N.Y. – DeCicco & Sons’ newest store has been awarded Platinum GreenChill certification — the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s highest sustainability award for food retailers — because of the grocer’s investment in refrigeration systems that use natural refrigerants.
The store installed a Hillphoenix Advansor CO2 Booster System that uses carbon dioxide-based refrigerant with a global-warming potential (GWP) rating of 1. It’s a significant leap in sustainability compared to traditional, hydrofluorocarbon-based refrigerant, which can have a GWP rating as high as 3985. The CO2 refrigeration system also cuts energy costs and reduces product shrink because it keeps temperatures more consistent than traditional systems.
“We get two to three more days of shelf life from meat merchandised in CO2 cases,” said John DeCicco Jr., president of the six-store upscale grocery chain.
“The advanced refrigeration system in this DeCicco & Sons store demonstrates the company’s environmental leadership,” said Tom Land, manager of EPA’s GreenChill Partnership. “Customers want to shop in stores that share their environmental values.”
While the CO2 refrigeration system is a cornerstone of the Larchmont store, it is just one of many sustainable features listed here:
- Construction certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
- Rooftop solar panels that supply more than half the store’s electricity
- Energy-efficient, long-lasting LED lights
- Water-saving fixtures and appliances
The idea for the eco-friendly store was born when DeCicco began working with a local utility on ways to reduce energy consumption in his other stores and saw the potential savings and sustainability that could be achieved in a fully “green” operation. After four months of planning and six months of construction, the Larchmont store opened in December.
“Our customers really do care that we are lowering emissions and reducing waste in their community,” said DeCicco.
DeCicco & Sons Started in 1972 in the Bronx, and has grown into a thriving grocery chain with six stores in New York. The family-owned company focuses on customer satisfaction, superior service and offering the best options for customers with a serious love for food and cooking.