Eco-Conscious Sprouts Farmers Market Upgrades HVAC Systems to Boost Profitability While Helping Save The Environment
Sprouts Farmers Market has been one of the fastest growing grocery chains in America, with a footprint that spans 360 stores that employ over 35,000 Sprouts team members. Sprouts has focused on making natural and organic foods accessible to everyone at affordable prices, expanding the availability of healthy
food into more communities.
Since its founding in 2002, Sprouts has always put sustainability at the forefront of its operations, and has demonstrated proactive commitment to environmental stewardship. In 2020, Sprouts reduced its per store refrigeration-related emissions by 35% over a 2016 baseline, and also reduced carbon emissions per square foot by nearly 10% from 2019. Sprouts has also made food waste reduction and natural resource conservation a top priority, and it received the Food Recovery Challenge Award from the EPA in 2019 for its intensive efforts.
Grocery stores stock a wide range of produce, meat, and other food products that must be maintained to optimal freshness and shelf life. To make sure that its goods stay fresh for shoppers, grocery stores rely on robust and reliable HVAC systems.
It is essential that HVAC remains operational 24/7 for any grocery business – any disruptions or down-time lead to food spoilage, which in turn leads to lost profits in a challenging low-margin business. For example, grocery stores need to closely monitor in-store humidity levels, as humidity can adversely affect shelf life on produce. With robust HVAC controls and systems, grocery stores can implement a dehumidification strategy to ensure their produce stays fresh.