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SUPERVALU Provides Support to Will Steger Global Warming 101 Ellesmere Expedition

Support Underscores Company's Commitment to Environmental Stewardship

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2008--SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) announced today its support of the Will Steger Global Warming 101 Ellesmere Expedition, which embarks tomorrow on a 1,400-mile dogsled expedition across Ellesmere Island to raise awareness of global warming issues. The sponsorship directly aligns with several of the retailer's environmental stewardship initiatives.

"As one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel, SUPERVALU is committed to preserving and protecting the environment," said Mike Erlandson SUPERVALU vice president, government affairs. "The Will Steger Global Warming 101 Ellesmere Expedition is helping to raise awareness of an important environmental issue - global warming - and SUPERVALU is proud to support that effort."

SUPERVALU will help sustain the expedition by supplying the team with natural and organic food.

"We are thrilled to have SUPERVALU support this important expedition," said Will Steger, renowned explorer. "Organic food has a decreased environmental impact on the earth, so it's great to see a company with SUPERVALU's reach so committed to environmental sustainability."

SUPERVALU has long been a leader in protecting the environment. In addition to promoting customer involvement in the company's recycling programs and further reducing energy usage in its stores and offices, the retailer's environmental stewardship council, ValuEarth(TM), studies, recommends and oversees ways in which the company can minimize its environmental footprint. The company also remains active in Food Marketing Institute's (FMI's) Sustainability Task Force, FMI's Energy and Technical Services Committee and recently entered the EPA's GreenChill Partnership, which pledges to promote green technologies, strategies and practices that protect the ozone layer and reduce greenhouse gases.

From a community relations standpoint, SUPERVALU recently refocused its charitable giving areas to include environmental stewardship outreach, in addition to hunger relief and health and nutrition causes.


SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of approximately $44 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with its approximately 2,450 retail grocery locations, including more than 940 in-store pharmacies. Through SUPERVALU's nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 5,000 grocery endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately 190,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit

About the Will Steger Foundation and Global Warming 101

Established in January 2006 by renowned polar explorer Will Steger, the Will Steger Foundation promotes change through education and advocacy. Global Warming 101 is the first initiative of the Will Steger Foundation and raises broad public awareness about global warming as witnessed through Will Steger's polar expeditions. Global Warming 101 expeditions offer a unique view of people and places at the tipping point of climate change, while serves as an international platform for furthering education, discussion and activism, and sharing the experiences and updates from each global warming expedition.

About the Ellesmere Island Expedition

In March, Steger will lead six young explorers from four different countries - Norway, Great Britain, Canada and the United States - to document the impact of and inspire solutions to global warming. The team includes two National Geographic grantees, two kite-skiing international record holders, the 2007 Iditarod "Rookie of the Year," a polar historian; and Sam Branson, who is the son of Virgin Group's Richard Branson and joined Steger on his 2007 expedition to Baffin Island. People from around the world will be able to track the Ellesmere Island Expedition team on, which will include videos, images, podcasts and blog entries from team members.

Haley Meyer, 952-828-4786
Media Relations for Will Steger Foundation:
Meghan Krause, 612-333-4595