Supermarket chain Winn-Dixie named EnVisioneer of the Year

By Danfoss, December 19, 2013

Danfoss names Winn-Dixie winner of its fourth annual Envisioneer of the Year award.

Winn-Dixie uses Danfoss refrigeration system controllers and services to benchmark, monitor energy use, ensure food safety, and reduce carbon emissions. The project has resulted in a reduction of more than 53.4 million kWh over the past two years, which equates to savings of more than $5.3 million.

Winn-Dixie, a subsidiary of Bi-Lo Holdings, the ninth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the United States based on net sales, is the winner of the Danfoss award EnVisioneer of the Year.

The supermarket chain is using Danfoss AK-SC 255 system controllers integrated with Danfoss Electronically Delivered Services to significantly improve store energy use.

Over the past two years, energy consumption has been reduced by more than 53.4 million kWh, which equates to savings of more than $5.3 million.

Less energy consumption also means that Winn-Dixie has reduced its annual carbon dioxide emissions in excess of 41,000 metric tons.

“We are excited to see the initial results of our efforts and are honored to be recognized with this award,” said Jim Vannan, energy management director for Bi-Lo Holdings. “It is important to Winn-Dixie that we take steps and implement resources to help reduce energy use and focus our efforts on running an efficient, safe and healthy business. We look forward to future opportunities to become even more eco-friendly.”

The EnVisioneer of the Year award was presented to Winn-Dixie by Jim Boyle, Danfoss senior vice president, electronic controllers and services, during a short ceremony at Winn-Dixie’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla., in November.

“Delivering food to consumers is an extremely energy-intensive process, and this latest project from Winn-Dixie proves that innovative engineering combined with strong commitment and vigilance can have a noticeable – and financial – impact, remarked Boyle.


  • Danfoss AK-SC 255 system controllers integrated with Danfoss Electronically Delivered Services enable food retailers to continuously improve stores via energy monitoring and benchmarking, as well as maintain and sustain energy savings. The AK-SC 255 system controller uses intelligent optimization to help users drive down refrigeration, HVAC, lighting, and other operation costs, and features an advanced alarm monitoring system that provides immediate warnings, including refrigerant leak detection, that ensure food safety and improve risk management.
  • Launched in 2010, the EnVisioneer of the Year award competition recognizes North American end users, municipalities, building owners, and original equipment manufacturers that have introduced a new product, opened a new facility, or invested in a building or system upgrade within the past 18 months using Danfoss products or solutions to realize significant energy and/or environmental savings. The competition is judged and the winner is chosen by an independent third party.

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