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Acme Recognized for Developing Produce Boxes

MALVERN, Pa. - Acme Markets, the Eastern Division of Albertson's, has been named a winner of the Chesapeake Businesses for the Bay 2001 Excellence Award. The award was presented to Acme at the Businesses for the Bay's Annual Meeting and Excellence Awards ceremony on Nov. 5, 2001, in Hershey, Pa.

Acme, in conjunction with parent company Albertson's, was recognized for spearheading development of an unwaxed standard display-ready produce box to replace the waxed corrugated produce boxes that have been the industry standard for decades. Albertson's encouraged and assisted the Fibre Box Association (FBA) to develop an improved corrugated box for shipping produce. The outcome was a corrugated package that provides great strength and durability, meets both North American and European shipping standards, and is fully recyclable. The common footprint produce box has a standard footprint with varying heights to accommodate different commodities. Handling of produce is reduced because these boxes are display-ready resulting in less food waste.

Company-wide, in 2000 Albertson's recycled 318,000 tons of corrugated, providing millions in disposal savings and millions in recycling revenues. In 2000, the 11 Acme Chesapeake Bay watershed stores diverted and recycled 572 tons of corrugated. Albertson's is continuing efforts for replacing traditional containers with recyclable packaging in the poultry and seafood industries. Albertson's joined Businesses for the Bay in 2000.
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