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Smart Pup dog treats keep tails waggin’

BY Allison Cerra

PORTLAND, Maine Ubuntu Pet has introduced a new breed of dog treats designed to support the health of man’s best friend.

 

Smart Pup treats have a unique peanut butter and banana flavor and are available in three formulations — hip and joint, skin and coat, and digestive health:

  • Smart Pup hip and joint provides 600 mg of glucosamine and 50 mg of chondroitin in each treat to promote optimal joint health. This version is great for dogs with arthritis and joint stiffness;
  • Smart Pup skin and coat has 600 mg of omega-3 and 1,200 mg of omega-6 fatty acids in each treat to promote a shiny coat and healthy skin. This formulation promotes a sheen and luster for pets’ coats while maintaining the skin’s natural moisture. This version is great for dogs with skin allergies or rashes; and
  • Smart Pup digestive health delivers a blend of probiotic cultures and prebiotic fiber that stimulates the good bacteria in pups’ intestinal tracts — aiding digestion and nutrient absorption, as well as supporting the dog’s immune system. Great for dogs with an upset stomach, this version contains a touch of ginger that can help stimulate appetite in older or sick dogs.

 

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Jewel-Osco celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with ‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’

BY Allison Cerra

ITASCA, Ill. A Midwest food and drug retailer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with its third annual VIP reception to honor the culture and significant achievements of the Hispanic community.

Jewel-Osco is holding its signature event, “Sabor de la Herencia Hispana” (Taste of Hispanic Heritage), on Sept. 22, and is dedicated to recognizing the continuous efforts and outstanding contributions made by leaders from the civic, business and nonprofit sectors of the community. During the VIP reception, Jewel-Osco will honor three social service agencies for their efforts and their commitment to enriching the Hispanic communities they serve. This year, Jewel-Osco will award a total of $15,000 in grants to Association House, Namaste Charter School and The Resurrection Project.  The work of these organizations reflects Jewel-Osco’s pledge to support initiatives that mirror the company’s charitable giving strategy, which focuses on three areas: hunger relief, nutrition education and environmental stewardship, the retailer said.

The event also will highlight the unique flavors and richness of Latin cuisine, by showcasing exclusive dishes developed by culinary students from Chicago’s St. Augustine College.

“We are proud to observe Hispanic Heritage Month with an event that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Latino community,” said Jewel-Osco president, Keith Nielsen. “‘Sabor de la Herencia Hispana’ supports the culinary talent of Hispanic youth and recognizes the exceptional contributions of this community.”

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Safeway donates $25K, food and supplies to benefit San Bruno victims

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. Following a devastating gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., the philanthropic arm of Safeway announced it will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the disaster.

Safeway also said it would provide food, supplies and grocery gift cards to families who were impacted. Roughly 80 Safeway stores in the surrounding counties are collecting donations at checkstands for the American Red Cross’ San Bruno relief effort.

Safeway operates 1,712 stores in the United States.

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