Tampa, Fla. — Six Sprouts Farmers Market grocery stores in Florida have been awarded Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification (GSC), bringing the total number of Sprouts stores in the GSC to 90. The GSC recognizes Sprouts’ commitment to operational best practices that reduce a store’s environmental impact, reduce operating costs and save resources. The certification for the Florida stores is the latest sustainability milestone for Sprouts, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country.
“Sprouts Farmers Market takes sustainability seriously,” says Peter Cooke, director of retail sustainability for Manomet. “Sprouts believes in being a good neighbor in the communities they serve. By reducing their impact on the planet and operating more efficiently they are showing that they value both their employees and their customers.”
Manomet’s GSC provides participating independent grocers and grocery chains with data about costs saved through operational sustainability efforts; revenue-generating sustainability opportunities; employee engagement strategies; and metrics on waste, water, energy and other conservation initiatives. As a result of their sustainable operating practices, the six Sprouts stores in Florida enrolled in the GSC are annually saving:
- More than $376,000, an average of $61,000 per store;
- More than 420 tons of food waste from going to landfills;
- More than 2 million gallons of water from being used; and
- More than 4,600 metric tons of greenhouse gases from being released.
“As we continue to grow and expand across the country, Manomet’s Grocery Stewardship Certification has allowed us to measure the social, environmental and financial impact of our sustainability initiatives in our store operations,” says Carlos Rojas, vice president of sustainability at Sprouts.
Since launching in 2012, the GSC has enrolled more than 1,000 grocery stores in the United States and Canada. The GSC works with grocers to engage employees on operational sustainability strategies and to review store-level practices and equipment with an eye to increasing energy efficiency, boosting revenue and lowering costs. For more information, visit http://grocerycert.org/ and www.manomet.org.
Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. specializes in fresh, natural and organic products at prices that appeal to everyday grocery shoppers. Headquartered in Phoenix, Sprouts operates more than 325 stores in 21 states from coast to coast. For more information, visit www.about.sprouts.com.