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Two Food Lion stores receive gold certification from EPA’s GreenChill

BY Allison Cerra

SALISBURY, N.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded two Food Lion stores its 2011 gold-level GreenChill store certification award.

The stores are located in Conyers, Ga., and Columbia, S.C. Food Lion became a founding partner with the EPA’s GreenChill program in 2007.

"Today’s announcement reinforces Food Lion’s commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen by conserving energy and protecting the environment," said Rick LaCroix, market VP for Food Lion’s Southeastern markets. "We are honored to receive this award, and look forward to continuing to serve our communities."

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Health Market Science appoints former Dendrite exec as SVP

BY Alaric DeArment

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. — Data and data management services provider Health Market Science has appointed Mark Cieplik as SVP life sciences sales, the company said.

In his new position, Cieplik will be responsible for revenue growth and client satisfaction in HMS’ largest business segment.

Prior to working for HMS, Cieplik worked in sales, marketing and operations leadership positions for nine years at Dendrite, now Cegedim.

"During his nine-year tenure at Dendrite, Mark was a key member of the management team that grew the company to over $350 million," HMS EVP sales John Schultz said. "His expertise will help fuel his team’s vision and the aggressive goals we’ve set for client reach and revenue growth at Health Market Science."

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Solar energy systems make debut at Smith’s stores

BY Allison Cerra

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kroger announced that two of its Smith’s stores in Albuquerque, N.M., have installed photovoltaic energy panels.

The solar energy system on the roof of each Smith’s store consists of 442 panels, each containing cells that convert sunlight into direct current electricity, Kroger said. Smith’s was selected to be among the first Kroger division stores to install photovoltaic panels.

"We have done a lot of work over the last several years to integrate sustainable practices into our everyday business operations," Kroger president and COO Rodney McMullen. "Today, we are proud to unveil Kroger’s first operational solar energy project. Smith’s has done a tremendous job bringing this to realization. Kroger will continue reducing energy consumption and testing technologies that support future use of alternative energy sources."

Smith’s operates 133 stores throughout seven western states.

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