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Delhaize names former Wendy’s CEO as new chief

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Salisbury, N.C. — Grocery parent Delhaize said Friday it has named former Wendy’s and Arby’s CEO Roland Smith as president and CEO of Delhaize America and executive VP of Delhaize Group. Smith succeeds retiring CEO Ronald C. Hodge, effective Oct. 15.

Hodge will continue to serve the company in an advisory capacity.

Delhaize America operates supermarkets under the Food Lion, Hannaford and Sweetbay banners.

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Whole Foods launches green gift card program

BY Staff Writer

Austin, Texas — Whole Foods Market said Friday that it has launched two new eco-friendly gift cards, with plans to replace the recycled plastic cards that will be phased out over time.

The new cards – one made of paper and the other of responsibly harvested wood— are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and have a lower carbon footprint, are reusable, recyclable, compostable and require less energy to be produced.

"We are constantly looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact and further our green mission efforts,” said Chris Jensen, gift card team leader for Whole Foods Market.

The grocer said it will continue to recycle gift cards both from Whole Foods Market and other retailers at its stores. To date, more than 265,000 plastic gift cards have been recycled and kept out of landfills.

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Gordmans names former Safeway exec to HR post

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Omaha, Neb. — Midwestern department store retailer Gordmans said that it has named Roger Glenn as senior VP human resources.

Glenn joins Gordmans from Safeway, where he served as group VP for human resources and handled recruitment, employee relations, human resources planning and diversity.

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