By Niamh Hennessy
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
NUALIGHT, the Cork-based LED lighting firm, has signed a near €2 million deal with British-based supermarket firm the Co-operative.
The company’s technology will be installed in freezers and ice-cream cabinets in 800 Co-operative stores. The value of the deal has not been revealed but is estimated at just over €1.8m.
The energy and carbon manager at the Co-operative, Alex Pitman, said the motivation for introducing Nualight’s LED lighting solution|s to stores arose primarily from the company’s commitment to sustainable retailing practices.
"Nualight’s LED lighting will significantly reduce the energy consumption of our freezers and ice-cream cabinets while generally improving brightness and colour to better showcase our frozen food products. We are confident the new lighting will increase customer footfall to these displays," he said.
The Co-operative group has more than 3,000 food stores and supermarkets in Britain. The deal follows a similar Nualight deal with Tesco in Britain last year as well as with the Fresh & Easy chain of stores in the US.
Nualight chief executive Liam Kelly described the deal as another significant piece of business.
"Our lighting delivers significant energy savings of over 70% when compared with fluorescent technology and it is also maintenance-free. We’re delighted that our technology can play an important part in the Co-Operative group’s ambitious ethos of responsible retailing.
"Even more importantly, we hope that the Co-Operative group will experience the same positive sales effect that our lighting has produced for our other retail customers across the globe."
Nualight’s Porto lighting will be installed in the doors in low-temperature merchandising cabinets and its Alto canopy lighting will be installed in ice-cream display cabinets across Co-operative stores.
Porto and Alto have been designed to reduce energy consumption for retailers but also to create unrivalled high-impact food displays in terms of brightness and colour vibrancy.