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Harris Teeter Charlotte, N.C., location gains LEED certification

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday announced its Plaza Midwood location in Charlotte, N.C., is now officially recognized as a LEED-certified project by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. 

The Plaza Midwood renovation project began in 2012 when the former building was removed from the site and completely rebuilt. This location re-opened in May 2013. The project marked a major milestone for not only Harris Teeter, but also for Charlotte's supermarket industry, as this location housed a piece of Charlotte history — the city’s first full-service supermarket. Company co-founder W.T. Harris’ Plaza Midwood store was the first air-conditioned grocery store and the first to stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday nights.

The project achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

LEED certification of this project was based on a number of green design and construction features, which include:

  • Reducing water usage by using dual flush/solar powered toilets, automated/solar powered restroom sink faucets and reduced flow faucets in prep areas;
  • Installing a LiveRoof Hybrid Green Roof, which helps manage stormwater runoff, among other environmental benefits;
  • Constructing the building with recycled materials and wood sourced from a sustainable forest;
  • Recycling waste generated during construction; and
  • Installing doors and LED lighting on the refrigerated cases.

 

 

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New York approves cannabidiol trial in children diagnosed with epilepsy

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced an agreement between New York State and GW Pharmaceuticals to develop clinical trials using an active ingredient derived from the marijuana plant to help treat children diagnosed with epilepsy who suffer from seizures and other medical complications. New York will be the second state in the nation to initiate trials for the extract, known as cannabidiol, for children whose medical conditions have not been successfully treated by other methods.

"No child should be forced to live with the heartbreaking effects of medication-resistant epilepsy," Cuomo said. "Young New Yorkers battling these diseases deserve treatments that work for them, and by investigating the merits of cannabidiol, we are pushing the boundaries of modern medicine and working to fundamentally improve the quality of life for those children. I am very hopeful that this research collaboration will grow our understanding of these types of medications and ultimately help New Yorkers lead better lives."

The New York State Department of Health will take the lead in developing the clinical trial for submission to the Food and Drug Administration. GW Pharmaceuticals will provide consultative advice and commit personnel and other resources to the partnership, including a supply of Epidiolex, their CBD product. Designed to be conducted at New York-based hospitals, universities and medical colleges, the clinical trial will address a critical healthcare priority while expanding the scientific community’s understanding of potential treatments for children with medication-resistant epilepsies. 

 

 

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Cheerwine expands footprint in the South

BY Ryan Chavis

SALISBURY, N.C. — Cheerwine, a soft drink brand, on Tuesday announced that it would be expanding to markets in Alabama, western Georgia and the Florida Panhandle via distribution with Buffalo Rock Co., a Pepsi bottler.

The partnership will bring Cheerwine to more than 6.5 million new customers and will be made in Buffalo Rock’s production facility in Birmingham, Ala. It’s a move toward the company’s goal of being available in all 50 states by 2017, the company said.

"We strongly believe this new relationship has all the ingredients to be a match made in heaven: one of the nation’s leading independent bottlers joining forces with one of America’s most beloved independent soft drink brands, all taking shape in the South,” said Tom Barbitta, SVP marketing and sales for Cheerwine. “This partnership gives our brand a foothold in a part of the country where there is solid demand for Cheerwine. 

Buffalo Rock is expected to offer the beverage in a variety of packaging, which includes 12-pack cans, 20-oz. and two-liter PET bottles and 12-oz. glass bottles.

 

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