H-E-B Opens Houston Store with Eye on Environment

H.E. Butt Grocery Co. here opened a new store in the Montrose section of Houston Wednesday that will convert part of its parking lot to an outdoor events plaza on weekends for concerts, movies and artisan markets.

21 November 2011

Bright Farms, Bright Future?

What’s growing on your roof? If you answered, “Nothing,” that could change, because the New York based firm Bright Farms has a plan that will turn the rooftops of supermarkets green with rooftop based greenhouses.

03 October 2011

Kroger Installs First Solar Energy System at Two Smith's Food & Drug Stores

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Co., completed the installation of photovoltaic energy panels at two stores in Albuquerque, N.M., making it the first Kroger division to operate solar energy systems

26 August 2011

Hyper Local Produce: This Manhattan Company Wants Supermarkets to Raise on the Roof

A Manhattan firm that specializes in hydroponic greenhouses, the company is suggesting that in the not-so-distant future your kale could come from as close as the greenhouse on top of your local supermarket.

24 August 2011

Meijer, other food chains boosting purchases of locally grown produce

The Meijer supermarket chain expects to increase purchases of locally grown fruits and vegetables by 5 percent this year, Meijer announced Tuesday.

18 August 2011

Green Jobs Will Come From Urban Farming

During his discussion with farmers Emanuel said he is committed to increasing urban agriculture because it is a critical step toward eliminating food deserts and creating green jobs.

03 August 2011

From Roof to Store Shelf: Supermarkets Explore Rooftop Food Sourcing

Bright Farms builds and operates the hydroponic greenhouses in exchange for a five to 10-year guaranteed purchase agreement with the supermarkets. “They give us the roof. We do everything else,” said Linsley.

From NY Bounty

19 July 2011

Food Labels and Certifications: What Does it All Mean?

Many stamps of certifications have become staples in our food system, such as USDA Organic, but many are far less common, and often just as meaningful.

15 July 2011

Rooftop Farm Aims to Make Greens Greener

The Irish Times writes up BrightFarms

13 July 2011

Soil-less Sky Farming: Rooftop Hydroponics on NYC Restaurant

Chef John Mooney — my tour guide — is able to grow nearly two-thirds the vegetables for his restaurant precisely because he doesn’t rely on soil.

10 July 2011

Supervalu to Boost Zero-waste Albertsons Stores

Supervalu Inc. will transition 40 stores, primarily under the Albertsons banner, to zero-waste operations during the company’s current fiscal year.

06 July 2011

Locally Focused Grocery Preps for N.C. Debut

“It’s an exciting time for us,” said Carolina Farmin’ founder Wayne Long. “Our vision for creating a seven-day-a-week public market that supports local growers and producers is about to become a reality. This is an idea that’s long overdue.”

05 July 2011

Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Standard

The Sustainability Consortium members have voted to adopt the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Product Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol Product Standard).

02 July 2011

The Future of Food

Limited land, water scarcity and an increasing number of mouths to feed. How some forward thinking entrepreneurs have taken traditional methods of food production and consumption and turned them upside down, while still making a profit

30 June 2011

Chipotle to Double Locally Grown Produce

The national restaurant chain Chipotle says it will increase from 5 million to 10 million pounds the amount of fruits and vegetables grown within 350 miles of the restaurants where it is served.

29 June 2011

Zero Waste Grocery Store

With an estimated 570 million pounds of food packaging getting tossed into landfills each year in America, packaging is a question of concern for supermarkets who aim to have a smaller environmental footprint. A new grocery store, hoping to open in Austin, TX this fall, offers a solution for this issue by offering products with no packaging, and an emphasis on local and organic foods.

28 June 2011

Supervalu Shifts to Local Buying

Supervalu (which operates nearly 1,450 corporate stores, including Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Farm Fresh) will be moving towards a “hyper-local” approach to produce retail.

24 June 2011

Top Ten United States Retail Chains with Cleantech Initiatives

Many retailers are not looking at “going green” as just a fad, but rather a new route for businesses to focus on. As consumers become much more aware and start taking on a “green attitude” in relation to the environment, numerous retailers are looking to meet those needs

23 June 2011

Converting Grocery Store Roofs into Hydroponic Gardens

‘It’s no secret that most produce purchased in grocery stores is far from “green,” grown in far away states and countries and transported hundreds, even thousands of miles, adding costs and carbon footprint along the way.’

13 June 2011