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FMI develops resource for food safety, protection; Hollingsworth to lead

BY Allison Cerra

ARLINGTON, Va. The Food Marketing Institute announced Wednesday the creation of the Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Protection, uniting food safety experts and professionals from government relations, asset protection, food defense, supply chain management, health and wellness, sustainability and industry relations to address all aspects of food safety.

The center — which will serve as a comprehensive resource for food safety and protection information, initiatives and programs to support FMI members, the food and consumer products industry and consumers — will be lead by Jill Hollingsworth, who also was promoted to SVP. Prior to this position,  Hollingsworth served as group VP food safety programs for FMI.

 

FMI also added that a new, interactive website for the center currently is in development and will serve as a subject-matter repository with easy access to information related to food safety and protection.

 

 

“Food safety is a priority for retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. The Center of Excellence for Food Safety and Protection will create a valuable benefit for members as they address all aspects of food safety and protection within their companies,” said FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin. “The center will serve as a resource to consolidate our knowledge of food safety and strengthen our commitment to ensuring that the food we sell is as safe as possible.”

 

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First season of ‘Hot in Cleveland’ arrives on DVD

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES The first season of TV Land’s "hot" sitcom, starring Betty White, will be available as a two-disc DVD set on Jan. 11.

"Hot in Cleveland," starring TV veterans Valerie Bertinelli (“One Day at a Time”), Jane Leeves (“Frasier”), Wendie Malick (“Just Shoot Me”) and Betty White (“The Golden Girls”), is making its way to DVD. The two-disc set features the 10-episode season and such bonus material as the original full-length pilot, bloopers, featurettes, a set tour and more. The “Hot In Cleveland” season one DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.99.

Season two of the show will premiere Jan. 19 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on TV Land.

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Forging ahead with turnaround plan, A&P enters sale-leaseback deal

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P, which is in the midst of a turnaround, has entered into an agreement with Winstanley Enterprises and certain affiliated entities to sell six of its retail locations for $89.8 million, exclusive of closing costs, in a sale-leaseback deal.

Winstanley agreed to purchase 100% of the company’s interest in six Pathmark retail properties located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The properties are 95% occupied and leased to A&P.

"This agreement is another step forward in our comprehensive turnaround strategy. We continue to analyze areas across the business to identify ways such as these to further strengthen our financial foundation and improve our performance," stated Sam Martin, president and CEO of A&P.

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