Nualight and Kysor/Warren partner on LED retrofit for Fresh & Easy US stores

Date Announced: 14 May 2010

-- LED Retail Lighting Leader and Top Case Manufacturer to Retrofit Medium Temperature Cases With Energy Efficient Lighting in 159 Locations

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Representing a retail food industry first, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market -- US subsidiary of Tesco plc, one of the world's largest supermarket groups -- will have its medium temperature cases in its 159 stores retrofitted with LED lighting, a landmark project made possible by the partnership of Nualight Ltd, a leading manufacturer of LED lighting solutions for retail, and Kysor/Warren, one of the top manufacturers of refrigerated cases in North America.

For Kysor/Warren and Nualight, the project marks an extension of both companies' work with Tesco, and another step forward in their effort to offer food retailers a new choice in upgrading their refrigerated cases by creating more vibrant and brighter displays that are also energy efficient. All meat, dairy and fish cases will be upgraded to LED replacing the existing T5 Fluorescent canopy and undershelf lighting. Fresh & Easy currently uses LED lighting in external signs and freezer cases.

"Nualight's energy saving lightbars and unrivalled understanding of retail merchandising is already helping our corporation globally to reduce costs and meet its environmental objectives," said Steve Hagen, who heads Fresh & Easy Procurement. "Fresh & Easy is delighted to build on this work and our existing relationship with Kysor/Warren."

"Kysor/Warren is extremely proud of our partnership with Nualight in creating this solution for our customer," said Jim Knudsen, vice president of sales and marketing for Kysor/Warren. "It is an example of our ongoing commitment to listen, respond and deliver for our customers while providing an innovative approach to energy efficiency."

Nualight is recognized as a specialist in LED lighting for food retail and the leading global supplier to refrigerated display case manufacturers. The company's LED lightbars are installed in a growing number of international food chains, including Tesco plc, Switzerland's Migros and Co-op chains and Rewe in Germany. Nualight is already shipping in volume from its local assembly base in Michigan to major case manufacturers supplying retailers in North America. Nualight also supplies under private label contracts to leading global companies.

"Nualight is obviously delighted with this Fresh & Easy decision, and it is a great endorsement of our strategic partnership with Kysor/Warren," said Nualight VP Bruce Schneider, who heads the company's operations in the US. "Our success retrofitting the Group's Tesco stores internationally led to this opportunity, and this newest assignment provides a valuable springboard for our expansion into the US market."

Nualight focuses exclusively on food retail, and its Vantium product series is constantly evolving to deliver greener, brighter and more cost-effective solutions demanded by retailers. Identified as one of Europe's most innovative companies, Nualight has worked with retailers around the world looking to invest in greener and cost effective solutions to meet their social and environmental commitments which are now a key consideration for consumers when deciding where to shop.

Fresh & Easy is already seen as a US industry leader for its environmental efforts. On average, Fresh & Easy stores use 30% less energy than a typical supermarket, which helps customers save money -- and also helps the environment. Fresh & Easy offers customer recycling in every store, and uses advanced refrigeration and freezer units, and uses skylights and windows to cut back on energy usage. The company also recycles or reuses all of its display packaging.

LED fixtures allow energy savings of up to 60 percent, both from lighting and refrigeration energy. LED technology also eliminates maintenance costs due to the longer lifetime. Retail stores are among the highest commercial users of energy with lighting and refrigeration accounting for 78 percent of all energy usage in supermarkets.

About Nualight
Nualight is the only company in the world that focuses exclusively on illuminating refrigerated displays for global food retail. Its Vantium product series is revolutionizing food retail, reducing energy consumption in refrigerated displays by more than 60% and driving sales with better, brighter merchandising. Through pioneering technology and a deep understanding of how lighting translates into retail gain, Nualight is now the partner of choice for leading food retailers throughout the world. For more information on Nualight and its award winning Vantium lighting products, please visit www.nualight.com.

Nualight and Kysor/Warren, a division of Manitowoc Foodservice Ltd., signed a strategic supply and partnership agreement in August 2009, enabling Kysor/Warren to offer customers brighter more vibrant food displays that are high on impact and low on energy.

About The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
The Manitowoc Company, Inc. is a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer with over 100 manufacturing and service facilities in 27 countries. It is recognized as one of the world's largest providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. Manitowoc also is one of the world's leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment as described above.

About Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market
Fresh & Easy currently operates more than 150 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. In addition to fresh, high-quality prepared meals and produce, Fresh & Easy offers everyone's favorite national brand products and household items, all at unbelievably low prices. All Fresh & Easy brand products contain no artificial colors, flavors or added trans fats and use preservatives only when absolutely necessary.

Fresh & Easy opened its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified store last year and is a pilot member of the LEED Volume Certification Program, demonstrating its commitment to build sustainable buildings. The company has also voluntarily joined the California Climate Action Registry and The Climate Registry to disclose its greenhouse gas emissions. At its distribution center in Riverside, CA, the company invested $13 million in a solar roof installation, which at 500,000 square feet is one of California's largest.

More information regarding Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market can be found at www.freshandeasy.com.

Contact
Wendie Larkin, Topaz Partners +1-781-404-2411 Mechell Clark, Kysor/Warren MClark@kysorwarren.com Manitowoc Foodservice +1-706.341.8723

E-mail:wlarkin@topazpartners.com

Web Site:www.nualight.com

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