Leading Food Retailers Join the Ecolab Science Certified™ Program, Committing to a Higher Level of Cleanliness
Ingles, Brookshire’s, CUB, Coborn’s,
These regional partners join other leading nationwide food retail brands, as well as many restaurants and hotels across the country, in advancing cleaner, safer practices through the Ecolab Science Certified program. The program, which combines advanced chemistries with public health and food safety training and periodic auditing, is helping these businesses achieve a higher level of cleanliness to address the new health and safety challenges and consumer expectations driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging pathogens.
By passing the independent audit performed by Ecolab and demonstrating their commitment to the Ecolab Science Certified program, these food retailers will display the official Ecolab Science Certified seal at more than 475 participating grocery store locations:
Ingles, a leading grocer with 197 stores in
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennesseeand Virginia.
Brookshire’s, a regional family-owned grocery business with more than 180 stores operating in
Texas, Louisianaand Arkansas.
CUB, a major Midwestern grocer with 79 locations in
Coborn’s, a long-time Midwestern grocery store chain with more than 60 locations in
Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakotaand South Dakota.
Bristol Farms, a gourmet grocer based in Southern California, with 14 locations from Santa Barbarato Palm Desert.
Lazy Acres, a natural food market based in
Southern California, with five locations from Santa Barbarato San Diego.
“The safety of our customers and associates has been of paramount importance to Ingles since the outbreak of the pandemic last year,” said
The Ecolab Science Certified program is grounded in Ecolab’s decades of experience helping keep hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and other businesses clean. It leverages Ecolab’s unique combination of science-based solutions and insights from a global team of 1,200 scientists, with audits performed by highly trained Ecolab specialists.
The program also was informed by key insights from proprietary Ecolab consumer research.1 The research showed that 72% of frequent grocery shoppers feel “very safe” or “extremely safe” knowing hospital disinfectants* are being used in stores. The research also found that consumers feel safer knowing cleaning and disinfecting practices are verified by an external, independent auditor with cleaning expertise**. And even after a vaccine is distributed, Ecolab’s research shows that 95% of consumers surveyed want to see as much or more cleaning and sanitation practices at the places they eat, stay and shop.2
“Through the Ecolab Science Certified program, we’re helping our customers recalibrate to meet higher standards throughout the industry,” said
In grocery stores, restaurants and hotels, the key elements of the Ecolab Science Certified program provide rigor and support consumer confidence:
Create clean through hospital disinfectants and food-contact sanitizers approved by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency( EPA) for use against the COVID-19 virus and other emerging pathogens, and elevated hygiene standards and protocols informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC) guidelines.
- Check clean through detailed public health and food safety training and periodic auditing by highly trained Ecolab specialists focused on public health and food safety to determine whether program elements are being followed.
- See and believe clean through front-of-house cleaning and disinfecting procedures and the Ecolab Science Certified seal, a visible sign of commitment that a location is advancing cleaner, safer practices.
For more information and to see the Ecolab Science Certified program in action, visit www.sciencecertified.com.
A trusted partner at nearly 3 million commercial customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services. With annual sales of
About Ingles Markets
Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading grocer with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in
About Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy
CUB, based in
About Coborn’s, Inc.
Founded in 1991, Lazy Acres believes in a natural approach to optimal health and wellness. Their mission is rooted in the belief that our collective actions can and will contribute to a healthier planet. From organic and seasonal produce and products steeped in tradition, to functional supplements and body care, their passionate team members are here to support you in mind, body and soul. With five
1Ecolab proprietary research conducted
*The term “hospital-grade disinfectants” was used in the research conducted
**Versus on-site managers or the company that owns the business.
2Ecolab proprietary research conducted
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