Food City company gets kudos from state

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K-VA-T Food Stores, parent company of Food City, is the recipient of one of Tennessee’s 2012 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards.

The Abington, Va.-based company, which operates Food City stores in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs, was cited for Excellence in Sustainable Performances.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.

K-VA-T Food Stores was cited for exemplifying superior leadership for a more sustainable future.
Operating 62 stores in Tennessee, K-VA-T is incorporating environmental initiatives on multiple fronts, including recycling, energy savings, and chemical and waste reduction.

K-VA-T is active in the community and has a history for demonstrating their commitment to local charitable organizations, promoting social sustainability via financial support of schools, utilizing the NuVal healthy food rating system, and providing associate health screenings at each location. K-VA-T also contributes to the state’s economic vitality and supports local farmers by purchasing and marketing local products.

K-VA-T won the Progressive Grocer/Green Grocer Award for 2011 for its ECO-friendly design at the company’s Morristown location.

A panel of 36 professionals representing agricultural, conservation, forestry, environmen-
tal and academic professionals judged more than 100 nominations and selected this year’s award recipients based on criteria including on-the-ground achievement, innovation and public education.