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Safeway elects new board member; declares quarterly dividend

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — The former chairman and CEO of Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream has joined Safeway’s board of directors.

The appointment of T. Gary Rogers will expand the retailer’s board of directors from nine to 10 members.

"Gary’s vast experience as a supplier to the grocery industry, his business acumen and experience as a director will be great assets to the board," said Steve Burd, Safeway chairman, president and CEO. "We are pleased he is joining our board."

Separately, Safeway also declared a quarterly dividend of 12 cents per share, which will be payable on April 14 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 24. Prior to this announcement, the retailer declared the same dividend amount in December 2010.

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Atico recalls holiday rattle baby slippers

BY Allison Cerra

WASHINGTON — Atico International USA issued a voluntary recall of 57,000 holiday rattle baby slippers amid a choking hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The CPSC reported that the soft shoes with built-in rattles were imported from China by Atico International USA of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and sold nationwide at Walgreens stores from October 2010 through January 2011 for about $5.

Atico received one report of a 7-month-old baby that was found beginning to turn blue with the slippers’ stuffing in the child’s mouth. The baby’s father removed the stuffing. Two additional reports of babies wearing the slippers who pulled on the rattle/stuffing and the stuffing came out also were reported. No injuries were reported.

Consumers should stop using the slippers immediately and should return them to any Walgreens location for a full refund.

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Report: Hy-Vee makes checkout lanes healthier

BY Alaric DeArment

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Among the best real estate in a supermarket is the checkout line, where customers usually can find shelves of candy, gum and other small items. But a supermarket in Albert Lea, Minn., is offering healthy choices to a captive audience, according to published reports.

The Albert Lea Tribune reported that the Hy-Vee store there has unveiled its Blue Zones checkout lane. Instead of junk food, the lane features granola bars, dried fruit, soy nuts and string cheese.

The store’s dietitian told the newspaper that sales of those products at the store had increased by an average of 42% since the lane’s introduction, saying it would be a good place for parents to send children looking for snacks.

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