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Report: Winn-Dixie sues Dollar General

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK — Winn-Dixie has filed suit against Dolgencorp, the parent company of Dollar General. The grocer confirmed that the suit was filed because Dolgencorp “knowingly violates legal, noncompete provisions of Winn-Dixie leases in shopping centers in which both businesses operate,” Winn-Dixie told the Jacksonville Business Journal in an email.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in West Palm Beach, claims that the discount retailer Dollar General should not be selling groceries at stores that are in shopping centers where Winn-Dixie is the anchor tenant. As part of its leases, Winn-Dixie has the exclusive right to sell groceries.

In addition, Winn-Dixie claims that Dollar General is in violation of its grocery exclusive arrangement with the supermarket operator. According to Winn-Dixie, violation of this agreement comes from the following:

  • More than 10% of the store’s sales come from groceries, or the store has more than 500 ft. of grocery shelf space; and/or

  • Dollar General needs to be at least 500 sq. ft. to 1,000 sq. ft. away from Winn-Dixie (if landlord owns that property) to sell groceries.

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Magic Bullet, Jenny McCarthy launch Rescue Bullet

BY Allison Cerra

LOS ANGELES — Magic Bullet has teamed up with celebrity mom Jenny McCarthy to introduce a limited-edition product designed for McCarthy’s charitable organization, Generation Rescue.

New Rescue Bullet is a blue, limited-edition Magic Bullet that will benefit Generation Rescue, an organization that provides guidance and support for medical treatment, which directly improves the quality of life for children living with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for all families in need.

"Our partnership with Jenny allows Magic Bullet to leverage its worldwide popularity to generate much-needed funds for an organization doing important work in the crusade to treat childhood autism," said Lenny Sands and Colin Sapire, principals of Capital Brands, the developer and marketer of the Magic Bullet. "We’re inspired by Jenny’s dedication to this cause and commitment to Generation Rescue, and we’re honored to team with her to support her efforts."

The blue, limited-edition, 20-piece Rescue Bullet blender will launch and be available for purchase on July 18 on HSN, where McCarthy will present and demonstrate the product live. The product also will be available via the Magic Bullet Facebook page, website and select retail stores.

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Kroger highlights sustainable efforts in new report

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — Kroger has released its fifth annual sustainability report.

Some of the highlights noted in the report include:

  • Kroger stores reduced overall energy consumption by 30% since 2000;

  • Company-wide, including all facilities, Kroger has saved more than 2.2 billion kilowatt hours;

  • Kroger completed its first wind energy project. Two wind turbines installed at Turkey Hill Dairy in Lancaster, Pa., will supply 25% of the dairy’s annual electricity needs;

  • Kroger’s manufacturing plants reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by 30% since 2009 — a 22 million lb. reduction. Kroger sold and provided customers with more than 5 million reusable bags, an average of 14,000 per day, and Kroger stores, plants and distribution centers recycled more than 1.2 billion lbs. of corrugated cardboard and paper;

  • In partnership with customers, Kroger recycled 26 million lbs. of plastic, a 180% increase in plastic recycling since 2007; and

  • Kroger’s ongoing hunger relief efforts provided the equivalent of 125 million meals to local families in 2010.

"Kroger associates have worked hard to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations. In 2010, Kroger stores saved enough energy to power the city of Fort Worth for a full year. We sent less waste to landfills, recycled more plastic and provided our customers with 5 million more reusable bags — all while Kroger transported and sold more products than ever before," said Rodney McMullen, president and COO of Kroger. "At Kroger, we are committed to making the world a better place. And we’re just getting started."

Read the full report and learn more about Kroger’s sustainability initiatives at the new website Kroger.com/Sustainability.

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