Boise, Idaho — On the 2-year anniversary of the Albertsons-Safeway merger that created the second-largest supermarket company in the U.S., Albertsons Companies has grown its workforce by 10%, creating 26,000 jobs; built or acquired 174 locations; and elevated its commitment to sustainability.
"We added an exceptional class of talented employees to our family as we grew to serve more neighborhoods and customers. We also transformed into a greener, more sustainable company," says Bob Miller, chairman and CEO of Albertsons Companies. "I'm extremely proud of our accomplishments, which are a result of the dedication of every employee."
Since the merger, 23 new stores have been built and 151 stores were acquired.
When AB Acquisition LLC and Safeway Inc. joined forces on January 30, 2015, the combined company included 2,230 stores and a team of 250,000 people. The 19-banner company is now 26,000 people stronger, with a total workforce of 276,000 team members.
In 2016, Albertsons Companies continued a broad commitment to sustainability. During the first quarter, the company committed to sourcing and selling only cage-free eggs for its store operations by 2025, based on available supply. The company was among the first and largest in the conventional retail grocery sector to make such a commitment.
In November 2016, the company announced a new Responsible Seafood Policy, which expanded the previous program beyond fresh and frozen seafood to include shelf-stable tuna (canned and vacuum-sealed), as well as sushi sold from its delis. The company also committed to ensure that by 2022, 100% of the top 20 wild and farmed seafood products sold at stores will meet the Responsible Seafood Policy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized Albertsons Companies' industry-leading sustainability initiatives with the Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award for increasing awareness of products that are safer for people and the environment.
Albertsons Companies operates stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs.
SOURCE: Albertsons Companies