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Supervalu, Save-A-Lot reiterate commitment to combating food deserts

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — As part of its continued agreement with the Partnership for a Healthier America, Supervalu announced that it is on track to eliminate food deserts nationwide.

At an event held Tuesday that included such attendees as first lady Michelle Obama and Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Supervalu announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Save-A-Lot will open a new store in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood at the end of November in order to position the area as a food oasis.

Supervalu previously announced plans to open 250 new Save-A-Lot stores in areas across the United States where there is limited or no access to affordable, healthy, fresh foods. Since then, the company has opened 14 new Save-A-Lot stores in food deserts throughout the country. Based on U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, Save-A-Lot currently operates more than 400 of its nearly 1,300 stores in areas that otherwise would be recognized as being in or near a food desert, the company said.

"Supervalu and its network of stores, including our Save-A-Lot subsidiary, are committed to bringing healthy, affordable food offerings to customers here in Chicago and throughout the United States," Supervalu president and CEO Craig Herkert said. "We appreciate the tremendous leadership shown by first lady Michelle Obama and mayor Emanuel to address this important issue.

"In addition to food access and affordability, we are taking steps to help consumers make the best food choices possible for themselves and their families," Herkert said. "According to research, nearly 80 percent of customers say they need help and advice around planning, shopping, cooking and preparing food. As a leading grocery retailer, we’re ideally positioned to help them by providing the programs, resources and tools they need to achieve a healthy diet."


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Sanofi appoints David Meeker as CEO of Genzyme

BY Alaric DeArment

PARIS — Sanofi has appointed David Meeker as CEO of Genzyme, the French drug maker said.

Sanofi bought the Cambridge, Mass.-based biotech manufacturer for $20.1 billion earlier this year.

"After working closely with David over the past six months, I am confident that he is the best person to lead Genzyme," Sanofi CEO Christopher Viehbacher said. "David’s commitment to employees, physicians and patients has been a key success factor in the successful integration of Genzyme as part of the Sanofi Group."

Meeker began working for Genzyme in 1994 and was appointed COO in 2009. He will assume the position on Nov. 1.


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Stop & Shop expands Scan It! Mobile

BY DSN STAFF

QUINCY, Mass. — Stop & Shop announced that it has expanded the availability of its Scan It! Mobile shopping app.

First introduced last June for iPhone 3GS and 4G in three stores, Scan It! now is also available for many Android devices, which will double the reach of customers, the company said. In addition, the pilot will expand to an additional 42 Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

"We are excited to introduce our in-store mobile shopping experience to more Stop & Shop stores and Android customers, given the positive feedback we’ve received from customers that have used Scan It! Mobile and enjoy the ability to shop and scan with their smartphone," Stop & Shop New England division president Mark McGowan said. "From quick convenience trips to full grocery shops, Scan It! Mobile allows customers to scan their own items, bag as they go, and see a running total of their purchases, making the shopping experience even more valuable for our on-the-go customers."

Stop & Shop first announced the SScan It! Mobile pilot in three Massachusetts Stop & Shop stores in Quincy (65 Newport Ave.), Braintree (300 Grove St.), and Plymouth (127 Samoset St/Rte. 44).

With this recent expansion, the app currently is available in an additional 19 stores and is being rolled out to another 23 stores in the coming weeks. By the end of 2011, no fewer than 45 Stop & Shop supermarkets will be fully operational with Scan It! Mobile.

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