Corporate Responsibility

Diversity & Inclusion

The Fresh Market believes it important to reiterate to employees and customers alike that our company maintains an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace -- and does not condone discrimination of any kind. We are steadfast in treating all customers and employees fairly and with the utmost respect. We are an advocate for inclusive communities free of discrimination, whether based on race, gender, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, genetic information, pregnancy, uniformed service, or veteran status.

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Responsible Sourcing

The Fresh Market is pleased to announce that we partnered with the New England Aquarium to develop an Environmentally Sustainable Seafood policy that will shape all future product sourcing decisions and inspire us to continuously improve the environmental responsibility of the items we sell in our seafood department. This commitment recognizes the increasing importance of sustainability in being able to provide our customers with the highest quality seafood they expect from us for many years to come.

We carry many local and regional produce items. In fact, we work directly with 100 growers throughout the year, sourcing within 300 miles of each location. From sourcing products as close to our stores as possible (saves fuel) and partnering with the New England Aquarium to create our Sustainable Seafood program (saves fisheries), The Fresh Market is making a meaningful impact today that will benefit many tomorrows to come.

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Sustainable Energy

Creating The Fresh Market experience requires lots of energy. By keeping a close track on how much energy we use, we can learn how to conserve more and consume less.

LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE By replacing traditional halogen lights with LED bulbs in our stores, we dramatically decrease the amount of electricity we consume. Each store averages an annual energy savings of 107,800 kWh from halogen bulbs and 28,600 kWh from LED bulbs.

CARBON FOOTPRINT Thanks to the use of energy saving practice, we’re able to curb the amount of CO2 and other gasses, created by our stores. In fact, the reduction would be equivalent to removing more than 1,376 passengers cars from the road for a year. Each store averaging annual carbon reduction of .76 per case in 2012 and .62 per case in 2013.

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Waste Reduction

Containers, cans, cardboard boxes, and much more. These are just some of the ways products at The Fresh Market are packaged and presented to customers. Over the years, we’ve strived to reduce waste throughout our stores.

Recycle Cardboard Cardboard container boxes are one source of waste that can be recycled and repurposed nearly 100%. In 2012 through 2013, The Fresh Market recycled over 1,100 tons of cardboard per month.

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