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Weis Markets Promotes Evans To Director Of Private Brands

John Evans, Weis Markets
John Evans

Weis Markets has promoted John Evans to director of private brands. In his new role, Evans will continue to oversee the product development and sales for the company’s 7,700 private brand products and work through partnerships with Daymon Worldwide, Topco and other key vendors.

Evans joined the company seven years ago as a buyer merchandiser. He subsequently worked as a grocery category manager, sales manager and most recently as senior private brands manager. He also is a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy for five years and was deployed in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

Evans reports to Richard Gunn, SVP of merchandising and marketing.

Weis store GreenChill platinum certified

In other news, the Weis Market in Randolph, New Jersey, has received a platinum-level GreenChill certification from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for reducing in-store refrigerant usage. This is the first Weis Market to utilize an innovative CO2 refrigerant system.

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Weis store refrigerator supervisor Chad Kramer checks the equipment.

The store’s CO2 refrigerant system helps avoid annual refrigerant emissions equivalent to an estimated 673 tons of carbon dioxide versus using traditional refrigerants, which have a significantly higher global warming potential. GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. Weis now has 11 GreenChill-certified stores.

“Over the past decade, we have steadily upgraded our in-store sustainability program, which has helped us reduce our company’s overall carbon footprint by 20 percent. Our new CO2 refrigerant system will help our Randolph store annually avoid emitting the equivalent of 673 tons of carbon dioxide—comparable to removing 142 passenger vehicles from the road. Working with GreenChill has been a key part of our program. This GreenChill certification also highlights the contributions of our store and development associates who help us implement and monitor our program to reduce refrigerant usage,” said R. Kevin Small, Weis Markets’ VP of construction and store development.

“Weis Markets continues with GreenChill partnership leadership through a commitment to consistent store certifications. The team at Weis Markets is demonstrating that a focus on responsible refrigerant management is good for the environment and helps reduce operating costs,” said Tom Land, manager of the EPA’s GreenChill program.

The Randolph store’s other sustainable features include demand response programs to reduce power load during peak days and the store’s load on the power grid; LED lighting which reduces energy usage and has lower maintenance costs; low-flow devices to support water conservation efforts; enclosed refrigeration cases to reduce energy use; and polished concrete floors, which do not require chemical cleaning solvents.

Founded in 1912, Weis Markets operates 204 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.

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