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Winn-Dixie introduces bottled water to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

BY Allison Cerra

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Winn-Dixie is looking to raise funds for a nonprofit organization that helps veterans injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The retailer said that it is reintroducing a commemorative bottled water to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. For every 24-pack sold through the 4th of July weekend, 10 cents will be donated to the organization, up to a total of $100,000.

This marks the second year Winn-Dixie is selling the specially packaged water to assist WWP.

“The proceeds from this program will help injured veterans regain what they have lost in service to our country,” Winn-Dixie group VP marketing Mary Kellmanson said. “This is an excellent opportunity for Winn-Dixie and our guests to show support for the brave men and women who’ve dedicated their lives to defending freedom.”

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Safeway inks deal with Coinstar

BY Allison Cerra

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway is bringing Coinstar’s self-service coin-counting kiosks to its U.S. and Canadian stores, the supermarket retailer announced Thursday.

Safeway said it agreed to install 1,400 Coinstar kiosks by the end of 2011, with installations slated to begin this month in Safeway stores and its banners, including Vons, Dominick’s, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi’s, Pavilions, Carrs and Pak N’ Save.

"Coinstar brings a turnkey service and two decades of experience managing the operational intricacies associated with self-service coin kiosks," Safeway public affairs VP Brian Dowling said. "We are confident our customers will be pleased with the flexibility of being able to turn their coins into cash, store purchases or, in the future, a gift card."

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Nordstrom president joins board of directors at Whole Foods

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods has expanded its board of directors.

The natural foods supermarket retailer said that it has elected Nordstrom president Blake Nordstrom to its board, where he will serve on the audit committee.

Nordstrom will serve until the company’s annual meeting in March 2012, at which time he will be included on the shareholder ballot, Whole Foods said. With Nordstrom’s appointment, Whole Foods’ board now has 12 members.

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