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Food Lion is scheduled today to unveil what it calls "the nation’s first grocery store to incorporate two ozone-friendly product refrigeration systems. Both systems reduce by more then 60 percent the amount of refrigerants needed to keep products cool or frozen.

During the event in Portsmouth, Virginia, Food Lion is scheduled to demonstrate the refrigeration system features. Food Lion uses generators to help ease the demand experienced by local utilities during peak operations, such as on extremely hot days when commercial and residential air conditioners are running at their highest capacities.

Also during the event, Food Lion will announce that its 725th store has earned the rigorous and prestigious ENERGY STAR designation for superior energy performance and management. The ENERGY STAR label helps consumers recognize stores that meet U.S. EPA standards for energy efficiency. Food Lion notes that it owns more than half of the country’s roughly 1,300 ENERGY STAR labeled grocery stores. The 725th ENERGY STAR store is located in Chesapeake, Va. Food Lion is working to earn more than 100 ENERGY STAR labels this year in order to bring its total number of ENERGY STAR stores to 800.

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