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Giant Food recaps 2010 hunger-relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food this week said that over the course of 2010, the supermarket chain donated more than 2.4 million lbs. of food to local hunger-relief organizations.

The chain said that its support for area food banks will continue throughout 2011 as it celebrates 75 years in the Washington metropolitan region.

"Giant has a long tradition of supporting the communities we’re so privileged to serve, and fighting hunger in those communities is our top charitable priority," said Jamie Miller, public and community relations manager for Giant Food. "Working alongside food banks and nonprofit organizations, we have made a difference and helped to feed thousands in our region. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we’re looking forward to launching additional programs and initiatives to help alleviate hunger."

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Duracell rolls out new charging solutions

BY Allison Cerra

BETHEL, Conn. — Duracell has unveiled new portable power lines that address the growing use of USB electronic devices.

Duracell’s five new portable power inverters and two new laptop power adapters give on-the-go customers more efficient options to charge their devices. The inverters convert the 12-volt DC power from vehicle cigarette outlets into 120-volt AC and 5-Volt USB power, while the laptop adapters are designed to use 90% less energy than comparable adapters and work on all popular laptop models, the company said.

Duracell also said the inverters and adapters will feature eco-friendly packaging.

The new lineup of Duracell portable power inverters and laptop power adapters will be available in spring 2011 with a suggested retail price of $29.99 to $59.99, and will feature a three-year warranty.

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Janel Haugarth appointed Supervalu’s EVP merchandising, logistics

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Friday named Janel Haugarth, 55, EVP merchandising and logistics.

“Steve Jungmann, who had held the position of EVP merchandising, will leave the company effective immediately,” Supervalu stated.

In her new role, Haugarth will be responsible for all merchandising activities across the company’s traditional retail and independent retail businesses. The move consolidates the leadership of all of the company’s merchandising activities, with the exception of Save-A-Lot, under the leadership of a single EVP, Supervalu noted.

Formerly EVP, president and COO of the company’s supply chain services organization, Haugarth will continue to oversee all of the company’s supply chain and logistics operations, and will report directly to Craig Herkert, CEO and president of Supervalu.

“By consolidating responsibility of our merchandising activities under Janel’s leadership, we will accelerate progress on our company’s business transformation,” Herkert said. “This new structure will enable us to better leverage our scale with the supplier community and meet our customers’ needs with the right products at the right time and at the right price."

"Janel is a proven industry leader, with a strong track record for delivering results,” Herkert added. “[Her] experience working closely with both suppliers and independent retailers gives her a unique point of view in our industry.”

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