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Celebrating the holidays in style with American Greetings

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND — Customers looking to make the holiday season merry and bright can look no further than American Greetings.

The greeting card company has introduced a new collection of Christmas cards to its lineup, which includes special recordable music cards that allow senders to sing along to their favorite carols, while the new Kathy Davis cards feature watercolor art and heartfelt words.

American Greetings also has introduced new wrapping paper that includes plenty of character. The company this year is touting traditional seasonal favorites, such as Rudolph and Frosty, and such modern stars as Dora the Explorer, Spongebob Squarepants and the characters from Sesame Street, "A Christmas Story" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Consumers can find everything they need this holiday season at participating drug chains, grocery stores and mass retailers nationwide, as well as in American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores.

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Stater Bros. recognized for green waste-reduction efforts

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A regional supermarket chain’s green efforts have paid off.

One year from when Stater Bros. introduced its "Green Waste" composting program, which turns organic waste into compost that is sold to area farmers, the retailer was named the 2010 Waste Reduction Awards Program winner by the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery.

The CalRecycle WRAP award acknowledged the Stater Bros. composting program, which removed more than 27 million lbs. of waste from landfills in its eight months of operation in 2009, the company said. The retailer also implemented a "green team," which reviews, selects and implements business practices that promote the long-term well-being of the company, the community and the environment.

The CalRecycle WRAP has been recognizing the environmentally friendly business strategies of California businesses since 1993.

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Winn-Dixie’s bottled water benefits Toys for Tots

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie is offering customers a way to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program this holiday season through its private-label bottled water.

For a limited time, customers can purchase specially wrapped 24 packs of Winn-Dixie-branded bottled water that tout an image of the “Marine Teddy Bear,” children and a red wagon filled with gifts. For every pack sold — each pack retails for $3.69 — 10 cents will be donated to the organization, up to a total of $100,000. Two of Winn-Dixie’s vendors, Niagara Bottling and Silver Springs Bottled Water, are supplying the product.

“This is an easy and healthy way for Winn-Dixie customers to support the Marines and the Toys for Tots program,” said Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie group VP marketing. “Sales of Winn-Dixie’s Toys for Tots water will help make the holidays a little brighter for many children in our community.”

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