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Walgreens to further expand solar energy installations in stores

BY Antoinette Alexander

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens, together with Chicago-based solar developer SoCore Energy, announced on Wednesday that they will build more than 200 new solar installations at Walgreens stores throughout California, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

This latest expansion will bring the number of completed solar installations at Walgreens stores to more than 350, making the company the leading retailer in number of solar powered stores.

“We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and leading the retail industry in use of green technology,” stated Thomas Connolly, Walgreens VP of facilities development. “Because we operate more than 8,000 stores, we believe our implementation of sustainable energy technology can have a significant positive impact on the nation’s environment while also creating jobs.”

The upcoming rollout will produce an estimated 13.5 million kilowatt hours annually, the equivalent of offsetting the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of more than 1,400 homes for one year, the companies stated. Included in the rollout is the Walgreens net-zero energy, LEED Platinum store in Evanston, Ill., which will feature more than 850 rooftop solar panels.

Walgreens will host the solar arrays, and SoCore Energy will own, operate and maintain them. This model has proven to be successful for the two Illinois-based companies since 2011, when the two collaborated on a 53-store rollout across the state of Ohio.

“I commend Walgreens and SoCore on this innovative partnership and the strong commitment shown by these two Chicago companies to renewable energy,” added Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “These companies are demonstrating what we in Chicago know to be true — that environmentally friendly business is good business and that there are real economic opportunities associated with the new technologies and advances that are associated with the greening of our cities.”

This rollout is the latest of many green initiatives for Walgreens. The company currently operates three stores that have achieved a LEED certification level of gold, silver and certified; a store in Oak Park, Ill., using geothermal energy; a distribution center in Waxahachie, Texas, that generates energy through the use of wind; and 400 locations with electric vehicle charging stations. Walgreens stores use 25 watt fluorescent lamps (lowest wattage in the industry), LED cooler and freezer lighting and energy management systems in more than 5,000 locations. In addition, 15 Walgreens distribution centers have achieved net zero waste, which means revenues from recycling exceed waste expense, the company stated.

Through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, Walgreens has committed to a chain wide 20% energy reduction by 2020.

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Neuro health drinks roll out in Target stores nationwide

BY Jason Owen

LOS ANGELES — Neuro health drinks today announced expanded distribution to Target Corp. stores nationwide. The new drinks were designed by Diana Jenkins, originally from a small town in Bosnia, who is a philanthropist, global activist, entrepreneur, war refugee and mother of two.

The Neuro line is comprised of six different formulated drinks: Sonic, Passion, Trim, Daily, Bliss and Sleep, with each offering a different benefit — boosting mental performance, reducing stress, promoting restful sleep and more. Neuro has only 35 calories and no artificial colors or flavors. The bottles are fully recyclable.

Neuro drinks currently are available at Target, Walgreens, Safeway, Seven Eleven and other national grocery, drug and convenience stores. A new custom-designed Neuro social media app also is available, allowing users to find the nearest Neuro retailer using any mobile device. For more information about Neuro, you can visit the company website, DrinkNeuro.com.


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Old West gets modern makeover with Dust Cutter lemonades

BY Rebecca Haughey

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Newcomer Dust Cutter Beverage Co. is serving a throwback to the Old West with the launch of its new line of all-natural lemonades in Ball’s 16-oz. Alumi-Tek bottles.

"In the Old West, after a long day on the dusty trail, freshly squeezed lemonade was just the thing to cut your thirst. On the Warm Springs Ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyo., our family served this refreshing lemonade to our guests and the ‘Dust Cutter’ was born," said Eric Green, founder of Dust Cutter Beverage Co. "We picked the Alumi-Tek bottle before we designed the logo or developed the flavors because it works well with our brand, which is a throwback to the Old West.We wanted to make the brand as authentic as possible, and serving our lemonades in a state-of-the art container that exemplifies the look of an old canteen was perfect for us."

Alumi-Tek bottles offer all the benefits of aluminum cans, in that they are portable, sustainable and chill quickly, said Robert M. Miles, SVP sales for Ball’s metal beverage packaging division, Americas.

Dust Cutter Lemonades are available in three flavors: original lemonade, huckleberry lemonade and iced tea lemonade. Dust Cutter currently is in distribution in the Jackson Hole, Wyo., area. Dust Cutter also recently inked a deal with Carlson Distributing to distribute its lemonades in Utah and plans to expand further in the region.

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