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Longman: Cree Brightens up Buy-Low Foods in Canada with LED Lights

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Originally founded in 1966, Buy-Low Foods is now the largest food wholesale distributor to independent grocers in Western Canada, servicing nearly 1, 900 wholesale customers through its Associated Grocers and Van-Whole Produce divisions. With 35 corporate stores and 2 franchise stores, Buy-Low Foods also provides fresh produce, fine cuts of meats and national brand products directly to consumers. Although each of these stores are unique, they all share a common commitment to deliver quality products at low, low prices while providing a great customer experience.

While designing a new store build, and with a focus on value,

Louie Pulice, Business Development Coordinator for BuyLow Foods, began looking for lighting solutions to make the new Langdon, AB store as cost efficient as possible, without sacrificing the shopper experience. He worked with Electrical Designer Dan Melchior to develop a lighting plan that would meet Buy Low Foods lighting standards while lowering operation costs. Enter Cree.

Dan Melchior decided to go with LED lighting after having a conversation with his sales agent, Bryan Lortie from CDm2 LIGHTWORKS. After Bryan introduced the Cree product line, he developed his lighting design primarily with Cree LED lighting.

“I’ve used alternate manufacturers for site lighting on other projects, but I‘m now convinced that Cree’s variety of LED packages and warranty knocks all of the competitors off the map. Cree provides a 10 year warranty on their products, which is double what other manufacturers provide, ” said Melchior.

Dan ended up selecting CS18™ LED Suspended Ambient luminaires down the aisles and CR24™ LED Troffers in the deli/bakery areas and offices. Both products feature Cree TrueWhite® Technology for the ideal combination of efficacy, 90+ CRI, and consistent color temperatures. WS4™ Surface Ambient luminaires were utilized inside the freezers and coolers, and Cree Edge™ LED High Output Area luminaires in the parking lot.

With a lighting plan ready, the next step was to present the plan, product samples, photometric data and the payback analysis comparing the traditional technology versus modern LED technology to the Buy-Low’s Development Team. Everyone was surprised to see a three year payback, and were pleased that they had found a viable LED lighting solution.

Both Pulice and Melchior visited the plant before making the final decision to purchase Cree® products. “We went over the history and development of Cree, and it was intriguing, ” said Pulice. For Melchior, seeing the facilities first-hand, helped him understand what Cree is all about. “From the engineering to the testing, I was really impressed by the quality of their operation.”

"In the past, when you looked up at LED, it blinded you. However, with Cree, people seem to really like the light level, and have a comfortable shopping experience, ” said Louie Pulice , Business Development Coordinator, Buy-Low Foods.

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