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Winn-Dixie enables customers to help fishermen affected by oil spill

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW ORLEANS People wanting to help the Louisiana fishermen affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the Gulf Coast can do so when they buy groceries at any of the 36 neighborhood Winn-Dixie Stores in the New Orleans area, the grocer announced Friday.

Winn-Dixie has implemented its “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program, a convenient way customers can donate any amount between $0.50 and $500 directly to the United Way of Greater New Orleans as they pay for their groceries. The cashier will scan a special Neighbors Helping Neighbors bar code, which automatically adds the amount designated by the customer to the total bill.

The United Way of Greater New Orleans is assisting the fishermen of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes by providing food, counseling and other assistance to the fishing communities in Louisiana’s Mississippi River Delta affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Winn-Dixie announced the program on Friday when the grocer and several of its vendor partners delivered three semi-trailers loaded with 42,000 lbs. of food and 28,800 gallons of bottled water to the Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to food banks serving the two Mississippi River delta parishes.

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Reports: Billionaire investor seeks to push out Genzyme CEO

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is trying to kick Genzyme CEO Henri Termeer off the company’s board of directors, according to published reports.

The New York Times reported this week that Icahn had filed a proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying he wanted to replace four of the company’s executives, calling the company “broken.” The biotech manufacturer has recently faced manufacturing problems leading to shortages of two of its drugs.

On Thursday, Genzyme announced that it would buy back $2 billion worth of stock and also seek to offload its genetic testing, diagnostic products and pharmaceutical intermediates businesses by spinning them off, divestiture or management buyouts.

“Genetics and diagnostics are strong businesses that are both leaders in their fields,” Termeer said. “However, as we evaluated our company to create a mix of businesses that will delivery sustainable growth and stronger returns on invested capital, it became clear that these businesses do not fit within this strategy.”

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Whole Foods Market opens new flagship in Southern California

BY DSN STAFF

TARZANA, Calif. Whole Foods Market announced that it is opening its newest flagship store in Tarzana, Calif.

According to company, the 30,000-sq.-ft. sales floor will feature all the local, natural and organic products that Whole Foods Market customers expect plus a collection of specialties designed to bring the community’s favorite international flavors to Whole Foods Market’s newest location. The store will feature sit-down eateries, a wine bar and the largest olive bar in Los Angeles, according to Whole Foods.

“On behalf of the store’s 200 team members and our local businesses, farmers and vendor partners, I would like to thank the Tarzana community for the warm welcome,” said George Khoury, Whole Foods Market Tarzana store team leader. “We are proud to be a part of this exciting and unique neighborhood and look forward to building strong relationships with our neighboring businesses and families. We hope to be more than your local grocery store — we’d love to be your neighborhood gathering place.”

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