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Publix to donate funds to SFP

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. — In recognition of Earth Day, Publix Super Markets on Monday pledged to donate 50 cents per pound, up to $40,000, to Sustainable Fisheries Partnership when customers purchase any wild domestic shrimp from April 17 to 27.

“As a retailer passionately committed to eco-savvy practices, our support of SFP speaks directly to our sustainable philosophy of meeting today’s demands without compromising what’s essential for tomorrow,” stated Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. “We are uniquely positioned to share information with our customers to enrich the quality of life for our communities and aquatic ecosystems, all while doing our part to preserve and conserve."

The mission of SFP is to maintain a healthy ocean and aquatic ecosystem by rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and farm fishing. The Publix donation would assist SFP in providing fisheries along the Gulf with the resources and tools needed to operate in a more sustainable manner.

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Deloitte: Consumers turn to various resources for recall information

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Consumers that seek timely and detailed information about product recalls look to multiple resources, according to a new Deloitte survey.

Although most consumers (73% and 69%, respectively) hold manufacturers and government agencies responsible for conveying recall information in a timely fashion, Internet access and social media are driving consumers to advocacy groups (up 12% this year to 35%) and peers (27%, up 8% from 2010) for up-to-date recall information. For instance, more than 9-out-of-10 consumers feel the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s new online database will be important in helping them make future purchasing decisions.

When it comes to which products raised the biggest safety concerns, most consumers cited household products, including cleaners and detergents (56%), and such personal care products as cosmetics and moisturizers (57%). When it comes to food products, the healthiness of ingredients is the No. 1 concern for more than half of consumers surveyed (up 5 percentage points from 2010 to 54%).

Deloitte, however, also noted that about 7-out-of-10 consumers are not familiar with the new Food Safety Modernization Act, which is one of the biggest overhauls to the nation’s food safety system.

"Consumers want checks and balances in the information they receive and are insisting on a greater level of transparency about the safety, ingredients and origin of products. So they’re turning to advocacy groups and peers as trusted sources," Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. consumer products practice leader Pat Conroy said. "This is a wake-up call for consumer products companies; they need to get ahead of this shift and work more directly with consumers to build brand advocates and stronger customer relationships."

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Family Dollar names VP real estate development

BY DSN STAFF

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar announced that it has named Brad Rogers to the position of VP real estate development.

Rogers will report to Keith Gehl, SVP real estate and facilities.

“Accelerating new store growth is a key element of our strategic agenda,” Gehl said. “Through Brad’s leadership, we will continue our aggressive growth in both new and existing markets to provide budget-conscious customers with a compelling shopping experience in more areas of the country.”

Rogers began his career at Family Dollar in 1998 as real estate manager. Since joining the company, he has held additional roles in the real estate division, most recently serving as regional VP of the real estate portfolio and new stores.

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