THIS YEAR'S SN SUSTAINABILITY EXCELLENCE AWARD winners all have one thing in common — doing something that has rarely if ever been done before in the food retailing business. For example, Mahomet IGA, winner in the independent category, has implemented a geothermal system that uses well water to cool refrigerant gas and ease the burden on compressors — unprecedented for a supermarket. The well water is also used to heat and cool the store by means of geothermal heat ...

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