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New Eco Plant Pals from Dune Craft hit market

BY Allison Cerra

CLEVELAND — A new collection of gardening kits for kids has entered the market.

Eco Plant Pals are available 18 different styles, including such plants as aloe vera, cactus and more, and feature their own trading card, decal and planters made from corn-based plastic, which are biodegradable and renewable.

Eco Plant Pals currently are available for $2.99 each at 5 Below stores and online at DuneCraft.com.

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Wegmans: $937K to Check Out Hunger

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Wegmans raised more than $937,000, an 11.4% increase from last year’s efforts, as part of its winter Check Out Hunger campaign that ended Feb. 26, the grocer announced Tuesday.

Check Out Hunger allows shoppers to donate $1, $2, $3, $5 or any other amount at checkout, with 100% of the proceeds going to each store’s local food bank.

“In spite of tough times, our customers and employees have responded in the most selfless manner, exceeding last year’s giving,” stated Colleen Wegman, Wegmans president. “Food banks play an essential role in our communities, and this increase in donations will have a real impact toward meeting their needs.”

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Winn-Dixie pumps up Fuelperks! program

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie Stores on Tuesday expanded the discounts earned through its Fuelperks! program beginning April 13 by lifting previous one-item limit restrictions on bonus Fuelperks! rewards items.

The retailer said if a customer purchases three of any particular bonus Fuelperks! rewards items, they now will earn a 15-cent-per-gallon discount for that transaction, rather than only a 5-cent-per-gallon discount. That could become a significant incentive to make Winn-Dixie a one-stop-shop as the average cost of gas creeps toward more than $4 per gallon.

“Many of our customers are telling us they are saving 50 to 75 cents per gallon or more by shopping at Winn-Dixie,” stated Mary Kellmanson, Winn-Dixie’s group VP marketing.

The Fuelperks! program at Winn-Dixie serves as a solution for many local motorists with the increase in gasoline prices, which have risen nearly 20 cents per gallon in the past two weeks to an average of $3.77 per gallon nationwide, the grocer stated. For every $50 in qualified purchases, a 5-cent-per-gallon discount on fuel is earned and redeemable on a single fill-up, up to 20 gallons, at any one of more than 500 participating Shell stations.

Additionally, Fuelperks! are stackable — the more shoppers spend, the more they earn. For example, if a customer spends $100, they will earn a 10-cent-per-gallon discount; if they spend $150, they earn a 15-cent-per-gallon discount, etc.

With a number of different bonus Fuelperks! rewards items each week, shoppers can quickly increase their savings, earning 25- to 50-cent-per-gallon discounts or more with that $50 purchase. Bonus items that are earned in varying ratios (earn 5 cents on the purchase of two) still will require customers to purchase the two items to receive the discount. Customers also may continue to purchase multiple offers in a single transaction.

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