A&P Canada dims the lights for the environment throughout the summer



    TORONTO, July 10 /CNW/ - Customers will notice a small change in their
shopping experience at participating A&P, Dominion, Ultra Food & Drug, the
Barn, Loeb and Food Basics stores this summer. For the second year in a row,
the company is dimming store lights by up to 50 per cent in an effort to
reduce power consumption and relieve pressure on Ontario's power grid.
    "We are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment through
many initiatives including dimming our store lights," said Vince Bertrand,
vice president, conventional operations, A&P Canada. "By dimming the lights in
our stores across Ontario this summer we are helping improve Ontario's air
quality."
    Last summer, A&P Canada was recognized by Toronto Hydro for dimming the
lights in the Summer Challenge for Business. This year's decision to reduce
the lighting is one of many environmental initiatives under Leave it Greener,
the company's environmental platform.

    
    Here is what A&P Canada is already doing to protect the environment:

    -   Since the launch of the program in June 2006, more than two million
        reusable bags have been sold to date

    -   All flyers from A&P Canada are now printed on 100 per cent recycled
        paper

    -   More than 25,000 metric tons of cardboard are diverted from landfills
        every year

    -   Since 1996, A&P, Dominion, Ultra Food & Drug and the Barn customers
        have been able to bring back their plastics bags and deposit them
        into recycling bins at store locations across Ontario. In fall 2007
        Food Basics began the program

    -   Since 2003, A&P Canada has diverted more than 4.4 million pounds of
        plastic film from landfills, the equivalent of approximately
        316 million plastics bags
    

    A&P Canada Inc.

    Serving Canadians since 1927, A&P Canada Inc. is a wholly owned
subsidiary of METRO INC. and operates more than 280 grocery stores under the
A&P, Dominion, Ultra Food & Drug, The Barn, Loeb and Food Basics banners
throughout Ontario. For more information and for store locations, visit
www.freshobsessed.com.





For further information:

For further information: Selena Fiacco, Director, Communications, A&P
Canada, (416) 234-6081, selena.fiacco@metro.ca

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