The companies highlighted CO2 installations at C-store Kwik Trip, Walgreens pharmacy and small-footprint grocers ALDI US and Natural Grocers.
Kwik Trip’s La Crosse, Wisconsin, store was recognized as the first convenience store to receive a GreenChill Certification, while ALDI US was honored for having certified 628 stores.
Based on two pilot stores, the grocery chain is deploying the controls at 15 new stores in the second half of 2023.
The awards, honoring excellence in the implementation of natural refrigerant-based systems, were presented during a ceremony on June 12 at the ATMOsphere America Summit.
Target’s Vista, California, store is also seeking net-zero energy certification from the International Living Future Institute.
ALDI U.S. continues its transition to natural refrigerants with nearly 500 of its 2,000 stores in the United States now using CO2 as the primary refrigerant.
ALDI US and Grocery Outlet receive awards based on use of natural refrigerants.
CO2 installations include warm regions of the U.S., such as California, Florida, Texas and Georgia.
CO2 refrigeration systems will be installed at 12 of 15 stores that are collectively receiving US$1 million in grants.