The Company Contrast – Food Lion {Issues: 1st Amendment}

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The Company Contrast – Food Lion {Issues: 1st Amendment}

Each week 2ndVote takes a look at popular companies that score poorly and then provide alternatives that better align with your 2ndVote values. This series is called The Company Contrast, and the company we will be focusing on this week is Food Lion (2.67).

Originally founded in 1957 as Food Town in Salisbury, North Carolina, Food Lion, as it is known today, began as an independently owned grocery store chain localized to various locations throughout North Carolina. It wasn’t until 1974 that the chain was acquired by the Delhaize Group and rebranded to Food Lion in 1983 so that the chain could expand and retain brand recognition elsewhere in the country. Unfortunately, under the ownership of Delhaize, Food Lion has been caught up in the socio-political activism of its parent company. In recent years, Food Lion has earned scores of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index from the HRC, as well as been a sponsor of one of their annual galas. Furthermore, Food Lion’s parent company is a member of the business coalition that is backing the passage of the Equality Act. With these actions in mind, Food Lion receives low scores on the issue of the 1st Amendment.

Fortunately, if you’re in the South, Winn-Dixie (3.33) is a household name that offers a better alternative for shopping your values. Since being purchased in 2012 by Bi-Lo Holdings, now Southeastern Grocers, Winn-Dixie has gained the benefit of the positive philanthropy of their parent company. For having donated to organizations like Catholic Charities and The Salvation Army that are both pro-life and support RFRA policies, Winn-Dixie earns top scores on the issues of Life and 1st Amendment. However, it must be noted that due to Catholic Charities’ support of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, Winn-Dixie received deductions on the issue of Environment.