Kroger unveils system that will convert food shrink into clean energy to power DC
CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif.
The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste into renewable energy annually, providing power for the more than 650,000 square foot distribution center. By diverting that food waste – the equivalent of 150 tons per day – the system will also reduce area truck trips by more than 500,000 miles each year. The Kroger Recovery System uses a sophisticated process to convert the carbon in organic material into a renewable source of methane.
"We are committed to finding solutions for food waste and clean energy, and we believe this is a meaningful step forward," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. "Investing in this project is a good business decision for Kroger and, most importantly, an extraordinary opportunity to benefit the environment."
Shoppers Drug Mart touts products, education for summer
TORONTO — Canadian retail pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a range of products for the summer, as well as tips for enjoying the season safely.
The 1,240-store chain said it would offer a selection of products for outdoor entertaining, road trips, summer beauty and first aid and information on choosing the right sunscreen, sunglasses and barbecue recipes.
"As Canadians, we look forward to the return of summer and longer, sunny days, so let’s spend more time having fun and enjoying the sun and less time doing errands and being busy," lifestyle expert Shoana Jensen said. "Streamline your summer shopping and get all you need for summer road trips, outdoor entertaining, first aid and beauty all in one place at Shoppers Drug Mart."
Beauty Changes Lives names first Sassoon scholarship winners
LAS VEGAS — The Beauty Changes Lives Foundation named the first set of awards of the Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program at the Spring Operations Conference of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, BCL’s parent body.
The program is funded by a $1.5 million grant established by Wella, the Salon Division of P&G, to award scholarships to beginning cosmetologists and working hairdressers seeking advanced training. For this first round, 10 basic students receive 50 percent of tuition costs, while 10 licensed hairdressers are granted $5,000 toward coursework at the Sassoon Academies.
“In today’s educational environment, it is the rare scholarship that covers 50 percent of tuition,” said Lynelle Lynch, president of the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation board. “Through the gift of education, Wella and Beauty Changes Lives are collaborating to help individuals achieve their professional goals, whether they’re just starting out on their career path or striving to reach the industry’s highest echelons,” Lynch added.
Beginning in January, 786 applicants sought scholarships through the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation. Applicants submitted essays and video statements explaining how they intend to carry on the late Vidal Sassoon’s commitment to creativity, craftsmanship, professional drive and love of learning in their own careers. May 9 is the one-year anniversary of the beauty icon’s death.
“Vidal was a visionary who made the art and craft of hair design integral to the beauty and fashion industry,” said Reuben Carranza, CEO of Wella North America. “Our foundation grant and this scholarship program allow his passion and creativity to live on by educating future high-achieving professionals.”
The expert panel of judges included Vidal’s son, Elan Sassoon of Sojourn; Wella Global Education Dean Stephen Moody; Sassoon International creative director Mark Hayes; HairdesignerTV.com founder Vivienne Mackinder; Educator of the Year award recipient (Australia) Tracey Hughes; and Mane Attraction salon owner Kendall Ong.
Following are the recipients of the first round of Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarships. Details on their future plans and excerpts from the winning applications will be found at www.beautychangeslives.org.
Basic scholarship winners and the schools they will be attending are: Racheal Cooper, Lake Stevens, Wash., Northwest Hair Academy; Kiera Doyle, New York, N.Y., Arrojo Cosmetology School; Shie Eck, Pratt, Kan., Eric Fisher Academy; Sabrina Gonzalez, Chula Vista, Calif., Bellus Academy; Valorie Gubler, Orem, Utah, Marinello School of Beauty; Christopher Jordan, Tuckahoe, N.Y., Arrojo Cosmetology School; Jessica Karle, Brooklyn, N.Y., Arrojo Cosmetology School; Ariel Lebron, Madison, Wis., Regency Beauty Institute; Robert Miller, Austin, Texas, Avenue Five; and Patricia Seraphin, New York, N.Y., Hair Design Institute of Fifth Avenue.
Advanced education winners and their salons are as follows: Kristina Banks, San Francisco, Calif., PREP Salon; Susan Ford, Streamwood, Ill., Asha Salon Spa; Stephen Gunn, Cincinnati, Ohio, Salon Beck; Howie Held, Boca Raton, Fla., Salon Cielo; Emmy Jewel, Saugus, Calif., freelance hairstylist; Joy LaMay, Studio City, Calif., Fringe, a NOHO Hair Studio; Anna Latorre, St. Clair Shores, Mich., Pigalle Salon and Med Spa; Sherry Moore, St. Charles, Mo., Regency Beauty Institute; Stephanie Ramirez, Chino Hills, Calif., Salon Eleven; and Jana Werge, Kissimmee, Fla., Envy Salon.
The Vidal Sassoon Professional Beauty Education Scholarship Program is a five-year effort. The second wave of scholarship competition begins August 5, 2013 with an Oct. 11, 2013 deadline.
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