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Supervalu earns several honors in recognition of its green programs

BY Michael Johnsen

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu recently received multiple national honors for its sustainability efforts, the retailer announced Tuesday. First, the company is featured in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s 2012 “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index,” which honors companies for both environmental performance and transparency in this area. Supervalu received the highest score among national grocery retailers in this report. 

This honor comes on the heels of Supervalu also receiving two major honors as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 GreenChill Environmental Achievement Awards, the grocer stated. 

“Supervalu has built a much-deserved reputation as a leader in the area of environmental sustainability, and that effort is very important to our business moving forward,” stated Wayne Sales, president, CEO and chairman of Supervalu. “Reducing our carbon footprint and limiting our waste is not only good for the environment; it’s [also] good for the bottom line.”

Through efforts like these, Supervalu reduced total emissions by 3% in the past year, with total waste reduction of more than 11% across its network of 2,400 retail stores nationwide. 

From Greenchill, Supervalu won the Distinguished Partner Award, given to the organization that helps best advance the overall mission of the GreenChill program, becoming the only company to win this award twice. Additionally, the company’s Albertsons Carpinteria store earned the Best Certified Store Award — the top honor for an individual store — for being the first in the nation to use only all-natural emission refrigerants. Supervalu won the same award in 2010 for its Chestnut Hill Star Market store. No other company has won either of these awards more than once, Supervalu noted.

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Crosscare launches colic remedy into Duane Reade

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Crosscare on Tuesday announced that their colic remedy, Colief Infant Drops, is now available at Duane Reade stores. 

Pediatrician Bob Sears, co-author in the Sears Parenting Library and brand spokesman, partnered with Colief earlier in the year to help spread awareness about this over-the-counter treatment for colic, as the product has successfully treated more than half of the colic cases seen in his patients. "Some babies have immature digestive systems, which prevent them from properly breaking down the lactose found in breast milk and formula," he said. "This causes severe discomfort from bloating and gas — which is expressed through the distressed crying."

Colief contains the naturally occurring enzyme lactase, which helps to break down the lactose for easier digestion, and allows babies with a temporary inability to digest lactose to be fed their usual milk — i.e., breast milk or formula — with much less discomfort, the company stated. 

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Retired Gen. Colin L. Powell to headline 2012 NACDS Foundation Dinner

BY Antoinette Alexander

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation today announced retired Gen. Colin L. Powell, former U.S. secretary of state and former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, will be the keynote speaker for the 2012 NACDS Foundation Dinner on Nov. 27 in New York City.

“Gen. Colin Powell’s insights as a public servant — as a member of the U.S. Army, a diplomat and a philanthropist — will inspire benefactors and guests at the NACDS Foundation Dinner,” stated NACDS Foundation president Kathleen Jaeger. “We look forward to his reflections on his five decades of global and local leadership, including a second-to-none commitment to education and to our youth.”
 
A highly decorated four-star army general, Powell began his military career following completion of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program near his hometown of Harlem, N.Y. During his 35-year military career, Powell served in high-ranking military and diplomatic capacities across four presidential administrations. He served as National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan. He also had the distinction of becoming the youngest officer, first ROTC graduate and first African-American to hold the post of chairman of the joint chiefs of staff for both President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
 
Powell served as the 65th secretary of state under President George W. Bush, helping forge alliances and build trust in unstable regions.
 
Powell received many U.S. military awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He also received honorary knighthood bestowed upon him by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.  
 
Powell founded the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at his alma mater, the City College of New York, a student-focused program with a mission to develop a new generation of publicly engaged leaders. He also is the founder and chairman emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, dedicated to forging an alliance to help children receive fundamental resources to succeed.
 
Powell currently serves on a number of national boards and is the author of two books, including his most recently published book "It Worked for Me."

“We thank our generous benefactors for their support of the work of the NACDS Foundation,” Jaeger stated. “This annual dinner is an important opportunity to present highly relevant insights on an evening that celebrates the NACDS Foundation’s highly relevant work to advance public health.”  

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