As subsidiaries of global food retailer Ahold Delhaize, Quincy, Massachusetts-based Ahold Delhaize USA brands have been ranked No. 1 on the Food and Staples Retailing Sector U.S. index of the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The brands include Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Co., Hannaford and Stop & Shop and support brands Retail Business Services, Peapod Digital Labs and ADUSA Supply Chain.
“It’s an honor for Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. businesses to again be recognized for their leadership in the health and sustainability space,” said Brittni Furrow, VP of health and sustainability for Ahold Delhaize USA. “Each of the U.S. businesses deeply understands the interconnectedness between the health of our planet and the health of families in the local communities they serve and are committed to continuing to take measurable actions to drive positive sustainability outcomes.”
Earlier in 2021, the companies of Ahold Delhaize USA released new health and sustainability goals as part of a detailed, purpose-driven strategy to enable customers to make healthier choices, create greater product transparency, eliminate waste and taking bold climate action, all in support of developing a more sustainable food supply chain.
In November, the U.S. businesses expanded on these commitments by joining other Ahold Delhaize companies around the globe in committing to net-zero carbon emissions across operations by 2040 (scope 1 and 2) and to becoming a net-zero business across the entire supply chain, products and services no later than 2050 (scope 3).
“As food retailers, we recognize that our role in the food supply chain comes with great responsibility,” said Furrow. “That’s why each of the U.S. businesses have committed to these goals – to hold ourselves accountable to the customers we serve and our world. By doing so, we believe we can make a real and positive impact on local communities and future generations.”
When considered together, the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA comprise the largest grocery retail group on the East Coast and the fourth largest grocery retail group in the nation, operating more than 2,000 stores and distribution centers across more than 20 states and serving millions of customers each week through a wide variety of store formats.