Selected for its approach on sustainability practices and environmental responsibility, the trade magazine Progressive Grocer has recognized Brookshire Grocery Company as one of the new Green Grocer Award recipients for 2010.
BGC was acknowledged for its numerous efforts that are in effect company-wide, including increasing its recycling program and for decreasing its energy usage. “Two years ago, our company set as one of its strategic goals that we would work to protect the environment through responsible education and continuous improvement in our usage of energy and natural resources,” says Greg Nordyke, Brookshire’s SVP of corporate development and executive sponsor of the company’s sustainability program.
As an example of BGC’s efforts to providing a greener atmosphere for its partners and for its customers, Progressive Grocer highlighted the company’s decision to increase its recycling program, decrease energy usage at all of its retail stores, reduce the usage of water in its manufacturing plants and its acquisition of more fuel-efficient vehicles in the company’s fleet.
The company has even taken steps to reduce the number of plastic and paper bags it uses, by encouraging customers to use one of several eco-friendly designed reusable bags available in all stores. Every time a customer brings in a reusable bag when they shop, they receive .5 off per bag from their total shopping bill. To date, the company has paid out over $120,000 to customers for their bag re-use.