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Jewel-Osco: 1 Million Reusable Shopping Bags Sold

Sales milestone reflects concern for environment

MELROSE PARK, Ill., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Jewel-Osco, a leading Midwest food and drug retailer, announced today that it has surpassed the sale of 1 million green reusable shopping bags, reflecting the public's concern for the environment.

"We are seeing more and more people buying and using recyclable shopping bags," said Keith Nielsen, president of Jewel-Osco. "This is likely due to the heightened awareness about the environment and the impact of plastic bags in landfills."

Jewel-Osco began selling its green reusable shopping bags last August in all of its stores. Since then, the company has introduced a line of insulated blue bags designed to keep cold and hot products at temperature, as well as a few specialty printed reusable bags.

Jewel-Osco has been committed to the environment since the early 1940s when it launched a campaign to reduce paper packaging and paper bag use. The company introduced an innovated customer plastic bag recycling program in 1971 which is still operational to date at all stores.

The company operates a reclamation center in Melrose Park which handles a wide array of materials. Since 1990, Jewel-Osco has recycled: over 14,200 tons of plastic bags, over one million tons of corrugated cardboard, over 2.6 million tons of shrink-wrap, and over 1.2 million fluorescent bulbs. In addition to its recycling efforts, Jewel-Osco is also active in a variety of voluntary industry programs to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases.

Jewel-Osco, a SUPERVALU company, operates 183 stores in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. With a market-leading position in Chicago, Jewel-Osco stores offer consumers the convenience of combined grocery and pharmacy retail, in addition to services such as fuel centers at select locations. Originally established in 1899, the company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve, contributing more than $4 million each year to a variety of local charitable causes. For more information about Jewel-Osco, please visit or

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of $44 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with its approximately 2,475 retail grocery locations. Through SUPERVALU's nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 5,000 grocery endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately 192,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit

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