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Shop ‘n Save kicks off ‘Lend a Can’ hunger relief program

BY Allison Cerra

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — Supervalu banner Shop ‘n Save has launched a program to combat hunger.

The "Lend a Can" program, which kicked off Sept. 23 and will run through Oct. 13, is designed to benefit hungry people and pets. As part of the program, the retailer is partnering with various community allies, including Del Monte Foods and the St. Louis Area Foodbank. How it works: Signs at Shop ‘n Save stores will encourage customers to donate canned goods and pet food at participating metro-area schools, which will be collecting the items for the food bank and the animal shelter, respectively. Shoppers can visit Stlfoodbank.org and click on the "Lend a Can" icon, followed by the "Register Your School" link, for a list of participating schools. The school that collects the most pounds of food will receive $2,500. Five second-place schools will each receive $1,000.

In addition to the food drive, Del Monte will donate 25 cents for each Meow Mix, Pup-Peroni and Kibbles ‘n Bits item purchased at Shop ‘n Save, with the funds benefiting Five Acres Animal Shelter, located in St. Charles. What’s more, shoppers have the opportunity to be rewarded during the campaign. Customers who purchase 10 cans of Del Monte canned goods at any Shop ‘n Save store can receive a $5 gift card from the retailer by mail-in rebate, Shop ‘n Save said.

"We are excited about our involvement with the ‘Lend a Can’ campaign," Shop ‘n Save president Marlene Gebhard said. "As a grocery retailer, providing hunger relief is very important to us, so we are pleased to have this opportunity to help those in need, including beloved pets."

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BestAir Trash Dash eliminates odors from trash, recycling receptacles

BY Allison Cerra

HAMPSHIRE, Ill. — A remedy for odors that lurk in trash cans has entered the market.

Trash Dash, a new item marketed under the BestAir brand, is a sodium bicarbonate-based product that is designed to enhance indoor air quality and add a fresh scent to trash or recycling containers by absorbing odors.

"BestAir Trash Dash uses a proprietary odor neutralizing technology that reacts with and attaches to the odor molecules in refuse containers to eliminate odors that are often right under your nose," said Daniel Schuld, president and CEO of RPS Products, which manufactures the BestAir brand. "Not only does Trash Dash offer a new way to maintain pleasant interior air quality, it also allows consumers to fill their expensive garbage bags to capacity without the worry of lingering trash odors in the home."

Available in citrus burst or lavender vanilla scents, BestAir Trash Dash is available in 8-oz. containers and carries a suggested retail price range of $3.99 to $4.49.

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Savient names SVP, CFO

BY Allison Cerra

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — Savient Pharmaceuticals has appointed a new finance chief.

John Hamill will serve as Savient’s SVP and CFO, where he will be responsible for all financial and accounting functions of the company. Hamill, who brings more 25 years of global financial and administrative operational experience to his new role, will directly report to Savient president and CEO Lou Ferrari. Prior to joining the drug maker, Hamill served as CFO of PharmaNet Development Group, a leading global supplier of drug development services.

"John has a valuable combination of global financial, operational and public company experience which will be vital for us as we continue to execute on our strategic initiatives to drive growth opportunities for Krystexxa both in the U.S. and in markets around the world," Ferrari said. "He will be responsible for all aspects of our financial functions and for ensuring the company meets its growth objectives in the most cost-effective manner through the implementation of financial and operational controls and the execution of the financial roadmap."


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