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A Green Solution for Food Waste in Grocery Stores

Northgate Gonzalez Markets' sustainable food waste solution by Grind2Energy

Forward-thinking food retailer Northgate González Markets is passionate about making a positive impact in the community. As a proud partner of Grind2Energy, Northgate González Markets of Southern California is committed to diverting food waste from landfills and helping to produce renewable energy. Their successful collaboration with Grind2Energy has not only produced tremendous environmental benefits, it has helped improve their operational efficiency as well. 

Published by Supermarket News, Liz Webber’s article “Northgate shows off waste-to-energy system,” discusses Northgate González Markets’ implementation of Grind2Energy and the benefits it and its community have experienced.  Webber writes, “Using a special in-sink grinder, the retailer converts food scraps into a slurry, which is stored in an on-site tank. When the tank is full, the slurry is transferred to a wastewater treatment plant, where an anaerobic digester breaks down the waste and releases methane, which is used to generate energy.”

The Grind2Energy food recycling system’s breakthrough, innovative technology allows for easy food waste disposal. With no upfront costs, Grind2Energy evaluates the location and builds a custom on-site system to meet the facility’s needs. The system improves operational efficiency and helps improve sanitation. 

"Grind2Energy has given us a way to dispose of this waste in a clean, orderly way without spending a lot of time or taking up valuable space, like composting does."

Keith McCarron, Northgate’s Director of Distribution is thrilled about the implementation of Grind2Energy. “Before Grind2Energy, we were spending hours each day composting our food scraps,” McCarron said in a press release. “Grind2Energy has given us a way to dispose of this waste in a clean, orderly way without spending a lot of time or taking up valuable space, like composting does. And even better, we’re able to turn food scraps into energy and into a positive for both Northgate and the environment.”

Aside from operational efficiency and improved sanitation, Northgate González Market is also providing valuable resources to the community. 

Webber writes, “So far [as of November 2016], Northgate’s food waste has generated enough energy to power 53 homes and heat 78 homes for a month, and generated 20,394 pounds of fertilizer.”

Northgate González Market is just one example of the tremendous impact food retailers can have in helping solve the food waste problem in America. With other food retailer partners including Whole Foods Market, Sendik’s Food Market, O&H Danish Bakery, and Geissler’s Supermarket, Grind2Energy is proving to be a reliable, sustainable food waste disposal solution for the grocery industry.

Webber, Liz. “Northgate shows off waste-to-energy system.” Supermarket News, 17 Nov. 2016. www.supermarketnews.com/sustainability/northgate-shows-waste-energy-system. Accessed 15 July 2017.

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