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Kroger to sell select Nutek products

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND Consumers across the United States will soon be able to purchase the Nutek line of green lubricants and cleaning wipes at Kroger, the grocer announced Friday.

Nutek will supply three lubricants: Smart Green lubricants; Bolt Off, a product for removing tough bolts and Lubfix, an everyday multipurpose lubricant, and its Pure Green lubricant Simply Soy. Additionally, Kroger will offer Nutek’s biodegradable cleaning wipes to its customers: Gas Off – individual hands wipe for removing toxic fuel smells and dirt, and Grime Off – wipes for heavy duty automotive cleaning and degreasing. All items will appear on shelves during the upcoming months.

“Kroger has a strong commitment to the environment. Choosing Nutek’s products for our automotive category provides consumers with a meaningful green choice above traditional products. We are doing all we can to provide value and selection to our Kroger customers,” Dave Anderson, category manager at Kroger.

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Teel rejoins Raley’s as CEO

BY Allison Cerra

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. Raley’s board of directors Wednesday announced that Michael Teel, grandson of the regional supermarket founder, Tom Raley, will lead the chain as CEO.

“He knows the market; he knows the company,” said the co-chairman, Jim Teel. “The board and the family welcome Michael back with our full, 100% support.”

Michael led the company from 1996 to 2002, and returned with the message that he is focused on the family’s goal of keeping the company privately held and staying true to Raley’s core values.

“This is a special company. We are unique in how our employees offer service to our customers. I value that strength, and see it as essential to who we are,” Michael Teel said. “As a leader, my role is to foster this unique quality and allow it to thrive.”

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Fred’s reports monthly sales

BY Michael Johnsen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Deep discounter Fred’s on Thursday posted $209.3 million in sales for the five weeks ended Jan. 2, representing a 4% increase as compared with December 2008. Comparable-store sales for the month increased 1.3%, versus flat comparable-store sales in the same period last year.

“We are pleased with Fred’s December sales performance, especially considering the tough consumer environment that persists, as comparable-store sales for the month rebounded,” stated Bruce Efird, Fred’s CEO. “Several key factors contributed to these positive results, including improved customer traffic, continued pharmacy department script growth and better clearance of seasonal inventory.”

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