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Sugar, spice, wrapped up nice

BY DSN STAFF

CINCINNATI — Sustainable packaging increasingly is gaining attention and, according to research, is projected to nearly double in revenues in the coming years. So Procter & Gamble is right on trend with its plan to use renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on select packaging of its Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl and Max Factor brands.

The pilot will be rolled out globally over the next two years, with the first products slated to be on shelf in 2011.

P&G will source the sugarcane-derived plastic from Braskem SA, which manufactures the material using ethanol made from sustainably grown Brazilian sugarcane.

According to market research and consulting firm Pike Research, the sustainable packaging sector is growing faster than the overall packaging industry and is expected to increase from $88 billion to $170 billion by 2014. Pike Research anticipated that plastic-based packaging will be the fastest-growing segment between now and 2014.

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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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