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2016-05-04

ICA Gruppen AB: Raised ambitions with new climate target

Press Release Solna, 4 May 2016

ICA Gruppen today presented its sustainability report for the first
quarter of 2016. The report addresses important issues and
initiatives regarding the environment, quality, ethical trade, health
and community engagement.

ICA Gruppen's greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 24% during the
period April 2015 to March 2016 compared with 2006.

"At ICA we have been working actively and with determination for a
number of years to reduce our climate footprint," comments Per
Strömberg, CEO of ICA Gruppen. "We achieved our previous target back
in 2014 through a sweeping set of changes. At the end of last year we
therefore set a new climate target in which we have raised the bar
even higher. Our aim is to make our operations entirely
climate-neutral by 2020. It is a challenging goal, and we will work
hard to achieve it."

Read more about the following and other news in the sustainability
report:

· Continued strong development of organic range
Sales of organic products continued to grow during the first quarter.
All in all, sales of organic products from ICA Sweden's central
assortment grew 29% (59%) compared with the corresponding period a
year ago. On a rolling 12-month basis, the increase was 40% compared
with the same period the year before.

· Success for "extra milk krona"
Since September 2015, customers at ICA stores in Sweden have had the
opportunity to donate "an extra milk krona" for each litre of milk
they purchase, with the proceeds going directly to support Sweden's
dairy farmers. On top of this, ICA has donated SEK 25 million.
Through this effort a total of slightly more than SEK 113 million was
raised on behalf of Sweden's dairy farmers.

· Focus on convenient health and wellness services
During March 2016, Apotek Hjärtat opened three so-called Minute
Clinics. The launch is part of Apotek Hjärtat's focus on increasing
its health-oriented service offering. Minute Clinics provide
diagnostic services as well as certain preventive healthcare
services.

· Continued focus on country of origin labelling
During the spring of 2016, efforts to improve information about the
country of origin of products will continue, among other things
through the introduction of the new, industry-wide "Product of
Sweden" label. The aim is to make it easier for customers to identify
Swedish-made products in stores. In parallel with this, ICA Sweden is
continuing its focus on Swedish ingredients under the concept
Härifrån: Sverige ("From here, in Sweden").

· Making fruit drinks and marmalade from rescued fruit
During the quarter, ICA Sweden initiated a partnership with Rescued
Fruits AB, where fruit from ICA's warehouses that would otherwise
have been thrown out is being used to make fruit drinks and
marmalade.

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the
Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act.
The information was submitted for publication at 11:00 CET on
Wednesday, May, 2016.

ICA Gruppen AB (publ) is a leading retail company with a focus on food
and health. The Group includes ICA Sweden and Rimi Baltic which
mainly conduct grocery retail, ICA Real Estate which owns and manages
properties, ICA Bank which offers financial services and Apotek
Hjärtat which conducts pharmacy operations. The Group also includes
the companies Hemtex and inkClub. For more information see
icagruppen.se

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