Goodfood Innovates for Sustainability as First to Operate Fully Electric Cold Delivery
MONTREAL and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Goodfood Market Corp. (“Goodfood” or “the Company”) (TSX: FOOD) a leading online grocery company in Canada, this week leads sustainability efforts in Canada’s grocery industry by launching a fully electric refrigerated vehicle fleet – a first for any private entity in Canada. Goodfood continues to evolve and lead environmental impact through technology as the newly electric refrigerated vehicles begin rolling out across Vancouver throughout September.
“As Canada aims to shift to all zero-emission electric vehicles by 2035, we are thrilled with this exciting step in launching fully electric refrigerated vehicles in Vancouver this year,” said Goodfood Chief Executive Officer, Jonathan Ferrari. “Innovation in technology is a core pillar for us at Goodfood. As we continue to set the bar for a sustainable future, like our fully recyclable Goodfood meal kit boxes and our plant-based ready-to-eat salad packaging, we want to go beyond our products and bring sustainability in grocery through delivery.”
In collaboration with Lightning eMotors, Volta Air and Frigid Rentals, Goodfood is the first private entity to receive a pre-approved grant from Plug-In BC for electric charging infrastructure. The vehicles themselves have an estimated range of 200 kilometers on a full charge of its 86-kWh battery pack, regenerative braking, and can comfortably hit 120km/hour – silently.
“As program lead for the Fraser Basin Council’s Climate Change and Air Quality Program, we are pleased to have been part of this collaboration with Goodfood and their continued commitment to pushing boundaries of what food and grocery look like across the country,” said Plug-In BC Program Lead, Charging Infrastructure, Inger Miller. “Going electric allows fleets to save on operational costs and reduce emissions for a sustainable future and we continue to do this through great partnerships with Canadian owned companies like Goodfood.”
Goodfood’s partnership with Plug-In BC is one of the many initiatives to innovate the way Canadians think about and access groceries, including this week’s launch of Same-Day / Next-Day Unlimited Delivery service in the Metro Vancouver Area. It also follows Goodfood being named for the second consecutive year on the third-annual TSX30™ list this week, as the company continues to innovate for top performance and growth. “We will continue to establish efficient and sustainable practices throughout our company,” said Goodfood President and Chief Operating Officer, Neil Cuggy.
The 10 newly electric refrigerated vehicles will launch in Vancouver, British Columbia with continued roll-out in the coming months across Canada.
Goodfood (TSX:FOOD) is a leading online grocery company in Canada, delivering fresh meal solutions and grocery items that make it easy for customers from across Canada to enjoy delicious meals at home every day. Goodfood’s vision is to be in every kitchen every day by enabling users to complete their grocery shopping and meal planning in minutes. Goodfood clients have access to a unique selection of online products as well as exclusive pricing made possible by its world class direct-to-consumer infrastructure and technology that eliminate food waste and costly retail overhead. The Company’s main production facility and administrative offices are based in Montreal, Québec, with additional production facilities located in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia.
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