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Bauer ends 31-year tenure with Unilever

BY CSA STAFF

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever has reported that Mike Bauer will retire from the role of vp and general manager of spreads, dressings and beverages, effective April 1.

“During Mike’s almost 31-year tenure, he has contributed immensely to the growth and value of Unilever’s business in the United States,” said Kevin Havelock, president of Unilever U.S.  “We thank him for all of his hard work and dedication through the years and wish him well on this next chapter of his life.” 

While at Unilever, Bauer helped grow Unilever’s share of the margarine category from a 7% to a 50% market share and was instrumental in developing several new brands that were taken national such as Shedd’s Spread Country Crock, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, Brummel and Brown, and Promise Take Control.

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Safeway to reward healthy workers

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Pleasanton, Calif. Safeway reportedly is offering health insurance discounts to employees who participate in a program that tracks their food buying habits.

The company, according to reports, said it would reward those workers who demonstrate that they live a healthy lifestyle with lower premiums.

The Safeway plan will be connected to the company’s online FoodFlex service, which launched in November as a way to encourage healthy shopping, according to reports. Participating customers provide details on their family’s health and lifestyle and are given nutritional analysis of their store purchases, delivered through their Safeway card.

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Penneys partners with green expert Seo

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NEW YORK JCPenney is partnering with green lifestyle expert Danny Seo, who will help the retailer determine which of its private brands are eco-friendly.

Seo announced in his blog last week that he had been working with JCPenney as its Green Living Partner to assist the retailer in its designation of green products. Beginning in March, customers will find products marked as eco-friendly at JCPenney stores and at jcp.com.

Seo has come to be regarded as an expert on environmental living. He has written several books on how to live a green life without sacrificing style including Conscious Style Home.

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