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FreshDirect's Fleet Goes Biodiesel
Date:12/17/2007

New York's Premier Fresh Food and Grocery Delivery Service Initiates

Biodiesel Use in Delivery Fleet

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- FreshDirect, one of the nation's leading online gourmet food purveyors and delivery services, today announced that it has signed a contract with Tri-State Biodiesel to begin conversion to biodiesel fueling. Beginning in early January of 2008, FreshDirect's fleet of 150 delivery trucks will start the switch to B5, a blend of 5 percent biodiesel and 95 percent regular diesel. By February 2008 the company plans to use B5 in its entire fleet.

The biodiesel blend utilized will be supplied by Tri-State Biodiesel, a New York City-based company dedicated to providing the region with clean, renewable biodiesel sources. Starting in the fall, FreshDirect began donating cooking oil from its kitchen to be used in Tri-State's non-toxic diesel fuel. With this change, FreshDirect furthers its partnership with Tri-State to reduce emissions and cut back on use of fossil fuel products. In fact, biodiesel reduces CO2 emissions over 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel. According to studies, biodiesel will reduce smog and air pollutions, helping to make New York City a cleaner city.

"Our trucks are a mass transit system for food in the communities we serve, and we are committed to make the fleet run as clean-burning and low- impact as possible," says Adrian Williams, FreshDirect's Senior Vice President of Transportation. "Our conversion to biodiesel is but one example of our company's environmental stewardship and support of a sustainable future for New York."

"We applaud FreshDirect for being a biodiesel pioneer here in New York City. Not only will this transition to clean burning biodiesel fuel result in a big drop in the air pollution levels, but it also helps to bring biodiesel on as a mainstream fuel for the many trucking fleets of the city," says Brent Baker, CEO of Tri-Sta
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