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Safeway named to think tank’s list of ‘World’s Most Ethical Companies’

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway has been named one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, the company announced Thursday.  

"We are honored to be included in this prestigious list and humbled to be in the company of the most admired and principled businesses in the world," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of the Safeway Foundation. "Safeway, at all times, strives to be an exemplary corporate citizen and a trusted partner. It is a commitment we make every day to our employees, business partners and the many communities we serve throughout North America."

Target and Whole Foods were also named on the Ethisphere list

The Ethisphere Institute is a think tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. For the past seven years, it annually selects companies from throughout the world for its prestigious WME list.

This is the third time that Safeway has been recognized by Ethisphere for its commitment to maintaining superior business practices, the company noted.

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Mignola promoted to SVP store operations at Weis Markets

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Earlier in the week Weis Markets promoted Mike Mignola to SVP store operations, reporting to Weis president and CEO David Hepfinger. He will continue to manage day-to-day operations for the grocer. 

Mignola had been named VP store operations in 2011. 

During his 33-year career, Mignola has held a number of leadership positions in store operations and merchandising. He joined Weis Markets in 2008 as general manager for Maryland and West Virginia. In the following years, he worked as regional VP for the same region and VP merchandising. Earlier in his career, he worked as a store manager, deli and center store specialist and regional director.

 

 

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Walmart stocks Black Diamond Stoneworks cleaning products

BY Jason Owen

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. — Black Diamond Stoneworks’ cleaning products will soon be seen on the shelves of Walmart across the country.

Based in San Clemente, Calif., Black Diamond Stoneworks manufactures products to clean and seal natural stone surfaces, maintain and restore wood and laminate floors, remove pesky spots and traffic areas on carpets, and eliminate unwanted pet and human odors. Two of the company’s most popular products, Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer and Black Diamond Stoneworks’ Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with PS3 will be distributed through Walmart.

The move to the mass-merchanise retailer is in conjunction with a January announcement by Walmart to spend $50 billion on U.S. products over the next 10 years to bring into its stores. A recent USA Today report found more than 80% of Americans are willing to pay more for products if it carries the "Made in the USA" tagline and helps to support jobs in the United States, rather than purchase products made abroad.

For Black Diamond Stoneworks, the move means big distribution.

“Our customers really appreciate the convenience of buying our products from Walmart,” said Stacey Morrow, co-owner of Black Diamond Stoneworks. “We’re delighted to be able to say that our Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer will be available in more than 1,900 Walmarts across the country,” she added. The Black Diamond Stoneworks’ Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with PS3 product will be distributed in more than 100 Walmart stores initially.

Black Diamond Stoneworks’ Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner with PS3 can be used to clean both natural wood floors and laminate floors without leaving streaks or dulling residue. The new formula includes the new PS3 additive, a triple-action poly shield.

Black Diamond Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer is a safe, pH-neutral cleaner enhanced with the company’s NEX-GEN Granite Sealer. Granite Plus! Cleaner & Sealer also is safe for use on marble, travertine, limestone, ceramic and quartz surfaces.

“People just don’t enjoy cleaning,” Morrow said. “We understand that. Our products are designed to be easy, effective and safe to have in your home and around your family. And best of all, they work!”


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