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Local Price Chopper earns GreenChill award

BY DSN STAFF

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. A Price Chopper supermarket located in Warwick, N.Y., has been awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill silver-level certification award for streamlining/reducing the use of refrigerants in its continuing efforts of environmental stewardship.

“As part of our overall environmental strategy, we have made a commitment to reduce refrigerant emissions that in turn reduce greenhouse gases,” said Bill Sweet, Price Chopper’s VP engineering and construction at Price Chopper, which operates more than 100 supermarkets and is owned and operated by the Golub Corp.

GreenChill is a voluntary program designed to reduce the use of ozone-depleting refrigerants in grocery stores across the county. The GreenChill store certification awards program recognizes retail stores that achieve at least a 50% reduction in refrigerant charge and a 75% reduction in refrigerant emissions.

In 2009, a Price Chopper store located in Colonie, N.Y., was awarded the EPA’s GreenChill Best GreenChill certified store, the highest level of GreenChill gold-level certification ever achieved by a supermarket retailer.

The store uses the most environmentally friendly refrigeration system; it runs on just 282 pounds of refrigerant in total (just ? pound of refrigerant per 1000 BTUs per hour) and its refrigerant leak rate is predicted to be less than 1% throughout the life of the equipment.

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Weis Markets reports rise in Q2 net income

BY Drug Store News Team

SUNBURY, Pa. Weis Markets reported Monday that its second-quarter net income rose to $20.5 million in the quarter ended June 26, compared with net income of $15.2 million a year earlier.

The company credits improvements in efficiencies and sales for the rise in profit.

Revenue increased 6.2% to $653.7 million. Same-store sales remained unchanged compared to the same period a year ago.

“It is clear the economy continues to be a major concern for our customers, who continue to be extremely cautious in their spending,” said David J. Hepfinger, Weis Markets’ president and CEO.

Weis Markets operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.

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Nice-Pak develops ‘zero landfill’ facility

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Nice-Pak Products is focusing on sustainability and waste reduction by turning its Green Bay, Wis., manufacturing plant into a “zero landfill” facility.

“We are putting our sustainable and non-recyclable waste to good use by converting it into fuel pellets that will be consumed in industrial boilers to produce cleaner energy in the form of electricity,” said Brad Zenko, senior director of operations. “Converting our waste into fuel pellets eliminates approximately 50,000 cubic feet of landfill per year and replaces approximately one million pounds of coal per year.”

Nice-Pak, is one of the largest global producer of premoistened wipes, including brands such as the original Wet-Nap moist towelettes, Sani-Hands instant hand sanitizing wipes, and Sani-Cloth germicidal disposable wipes.

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