Stop & Shop sponsors health and wellness summit for middle school students
PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop will sponsor a healthy-eating summit for middle schoolers in New Jersey on Thursday, the supermarket chain said.
Stop & Shop, part of Ahold USA, announced that it would sponsor a "Healthy Kids Summit" at Hackensack Middle School in Hackensack, N.J. A panel of experts will discuss proper diet and nutrition, exercise, balancing homework and social activities, turning off electronic devices, family dinner hours and how to address bullying and other social pressures. The summit is being sponsored under a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Bergen County.
"The youngsters will hear about ways they can help their parents provide them with wise choices for meals and snacks," Stop & Shop New York Metro Division manager of public and community relations Arlene Putterman said. "They will also receive some very important advance on how to navigate through the issues that 21st century kids encounter."
The panel will include local health experts and former New York Giants wide receiver Stephen Baker.
Michel Coutu resigns from Rite Aid board
NEW YORK — Rite Aid board member Michel Coutu has resigned, effective Wednesday, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
Coutu’s notification follows an announcement by The Jean Coutu Group Tuesday that it had sold 72.5 million Rite Aid shares, reducing its stake in the company to 11.7%.
In addition, board member and former chairman Mary Sammons notified the company Wednesday that she wouldn’t seek reelection as a director at its annual shareholder meeting.
Ahold ‘shocked’ by Boston attack, CEO tells shareholders
AMSTERDAM — Royal Ahold CEO Dick Boer expressed condolences for the victims of Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon in a meeting with shareholders Wednesday.
"The Boston area is, of course, one of our main U.S. markets, and our thousands of employees are shocked by Monday’s events," Boer said. "Our thoughts are with everyone in the city of Boston and the surrounding communities, and especially the families and friends of those affected."
The company’s Stop & Shop banner has a prominent and long-standing presence in the area.
Boer also gave a summary of events at the company in 2012, highlighting collective bargaining agreements with UFCW local unions to find solutions to cost increases related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that work for the company and its employees. Two-thirds of the company’s U.S. employees are members of unions, Boer said.
Boer also highlighted the purchase of 15 Genuardi’s stores in the Philadelphia by Giant-Carlisle and the expansion of the Peapod online grocery service, including the opening of new pickup points.