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CRISP, CARLSON AIRFLO, AMERLUX

egardless of how you define it, sustainability's
importance to the 21 st century food industry
cannot be overestimated. And all along the
supply chain, companies and organizations are
working harder than ever to find solutions to meet
their clients' and their own sustainability goals.
When food is wasted, all of the natural resources used
to produce that item are also wasted: freshwater, fuel,
energy needed to store product, and energy to cool
product in grocery stores.
Minneapolis-based Carlson AirFlo Merchandising
Systems is committed to reducing that waste and
helping its retail clients improve their sustainability
records, said Suellen Lindsay, the company's marketing
manager.
AirFlo provides aluminum merchandising shelving
and racking equipment for perimeter fresh departments
that's designed to maximize cold air flow around
products, resulting in harvested product living longer in
the retail setting. That means a fresher product for the
end customer.
"The ultimate goal is to provide the maximum amount
of product for the world with the minimal environmental
impact," Lindsay said. "AirFlo strives to be on the
cutting edge of innovation and new products, helping
our partners drive their sustainability efforts in the
marketplace."
AirFlo's role as a manufacturer of merchandising
equipment is to give its retail partners the ability to
provide the freshest, longest lasting product for their
customers, Lindsay said.
Some of the company's best product ideas, she said,
come from grocery retailers that have a need, or an idea
to provide a better impact on their daily work life, or
improve their customer's shopping experience.
Carlson AirFlo's produce
merchandisers maximize
cold air flow, thereby
extending shelf life.

AirFlo's Premier Pull Out Bin, for example, provides
better food safety by enclosing the product inside from
the environment, while increasing shelf life by one or
two days over normal conditions, thus reducing shrink.
AirFlo's 4 in Sprouts Bin was built to capture cold air and
recirculate it within the bin, creating a safer environment
for the sprouts product being merchandised.
AirFlo has also been challenged by both retailers and
growers to provide merchandising displays for living
lettuces, Lindsay said. The company has provided
solutions in both vertical refrigerated cases and standalone merchandising units outside the refrigerated case.
AirFlo's Hydroponics display solutions for refrigerated
cases are designed to enhance food safety by helping to
contain the refrigerated air around product.
"It enables the retailer to better control and maintain
misting to the bulb root area while protecting leafy green
areas," Lindsay said.
In addition, AirFlo's complete line of anodized
aluminum shelving, racking and base products -
perforated for drainage of misting, cleanliness and
increased air flow - help manage inventory levels and
turnover, making it easier to rotate product, resulting in
lower food waste, she added.

Custom LED lighting
programs from companies
like Amerlux can help
retailers reach their energy
sustainability goals.

Let there be light - efficiently
All LED lighting products made by Oakland, NJ-based
Amerlux are an ideal fit for any sustainability program,
said Bill Plageman, the company's vice president of
marketing and product development.
"Energy savings and a longer lifespan are a given
when talking about LEDs today," Plageman said. "Amerlux
helps the food industry by helping grocers meet their
energy reduction goals and by delivering longer-lasting
lighting products."
Amerlux takes supermarket lighting a step further, he
added, by delivering sustainable products without losing
sight of the retailer's goal, which is to sell more products.
"We do it by delivering bright, bold natural color
rendition that makes perishable items such as produce
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