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Due North Brand Does It Again: QBD, Earns 2024 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year


TORONTO, Canada, Tuesday, April 4, 2024 – QBD, the Due North (DueNorth.com) refrigerated merchandising brand, well known for its beverage coolers and for its critical active role in thousands of North American retailers is thrilled to share it has received the 2024 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award. The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award is a prestigious acknowledgment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, symbolizing a significant commitment to energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

“This award presents the achievement and concerted efforts of the entire organization towards a common goal,” says Troy Shannan, CEO of Due North. “Furthermore, it aligns Due North’s values with those of the ENERGY STAR program, showcasing a shared commitment to reducing environmental impact, encouraging a broader adoption of sustainable retail refrigeration solutions and providing energy efficiency options to customers.”

“We are thrilled to share the news of our designation as the 2024 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. Our coolers are a popular choice among retailers, and this accolade reflects our steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability and our ongoing efforts to provide energy-efficient merchandisers,” says Julian Attree, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Commercial Officer of Due North. “It underscores our role as a frontrunner in the drive towards sustainability and it illustrates the scale at which our units are trusted and utilized by energy-conscious retail businesses.”

This is QBD’s 8th Energy Star Award. Others include:

Energy Star Partner of the Year Award 2023
• Energy Star Excellence in Product Design Award 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
• Energy Star Canada Manufacturer of the Year Award 2020, 2018

Earning an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award distinguishes the Due North, QBD corporate energy management program. It represents the highest level of EPA recognition that is given for a superior level of energy management performance and was presented to QBD for meeting the criteria of demonstrated best practices, organization-wide energy savings and for communicating the benefits of ENERGY STAR.

The widespread deployment of millions of QBD merchandisers across thousands of retailers in North America is a testament to the trust, reliability, and efficiency that they offer. QBD plays a critical role in the retail industry, specifically in the beverage coolers category, providing essential refrigeration solutions that meet the high standards of businesses and contribute to their operational success.

Each year, the ENERGY STAR program honors a select group of businesses and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to energy efficiency and the transition to a clean energy economy. ENERGY STAR award winners lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts have saved more than 5 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity over the past 30 years. Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners. For a list of 2024 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit energystar.gov/awardwinners.

About Due North

Due North creates refrigerated, retail merchandising solutions that maximize our customers’ success.
We are North America’s #1 manufacturer of self-contained retail refrigerated merchandisers through our Minus Forty and QBD brands. Our merchandisers better equip retailers of wide-ranging products including beverages, ice cream, frozen desserts, fresh & prepared foods, frozen foods, deli, produce, and pharma.

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