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Family Dollar partners with EPA Energy Star

BY Dan Berthiaume

Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores Inc. has joined EPA’s Energy Star program as an Energy Star partner. Through its voluntary partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Program, Family Dollar will work to improve energy efficiency and sustainability and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a strategic, corporate energy management program that will help preserve the environment for future generations.

Family Dollar uses Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager to benchmark the energy use intensity of its stores, distribution centers, and store support center. To date, more than 5,500 of its sites have been benchmarked in Portfolio Manager with more than 7,700 sites registered, making Family Dollar one of the largest user of the tool.

In partnership with Energy Star, Family Dollar is:

• Measuring and tracking the energy performance of the organization’s facilities (where possible) by using tools offered through Energy Star;

• Developing and implementing a plan consistent with the Energy Star Energy Management Guidelines to achieve energy savings;

• Highlighting its achievements with recognition offered through Energy Star.

"Family Dollar is pleased to become an Energy Star partner,” said Colin McGinnis, senior VP, store operations support, store development and procurement. "Through this partnership, we will demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and lower our energy costs by improving the energy efficiency of the buildings we operate.”

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Bi-Lo mixes it up in Ga.

BY CSA STAFF

Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of the Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains, plans to convert seven existing Harveys stores to Winn-Dixie stores and three existing Winn-Dixie stores to Harveys stores.

The stores are part of the pending acquisition of 134 operating stores from Delhaize Group.

“We carefully evaluated the market areas around each store and made conversion decisions that we believe will work best for customers,” said R. Randall Onstead, president and CEO of Bi-Lo Holdings. “Customers will not see any change to the level of quality they have come to expect from either banner.”

The following Harveys stores will convert to Winn-Dixie stores:

  • Store No. 2312 located at 341 Venture Drive in Brunswick, Ga.
  • Store No. 2315 located at 5711 Altama Avenue in Brunswick, Ga.
  • Store No. 2397 located at 284 Hyde Park Commons in Brunswick, Ga.
  • Store No. 2393 located at 2714 Osborne Road in Saint Marys, Ga.
  • Store No. 2309 located at 2111 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, Ga.
  • Store No. 2310 located at 4036 Bemiss Road in Valdosta, Ga.
  • Store No. 2388 located at 1715 Norman Drive in Valdosta, Ga.

The following Winn-Dixie stores will convert to Harveys stores:

  • Store No. 545 located at 1208 Crawford St. in Americus, Ga.
  • Store No. 22 located at 2800 Old Dawson Rd. in Albany, Ga.
  • Store No. 110 located at 1553 US 19 South in Leesburg, Ga.

Bi-Lo Holdings said that it intends to retain all store-level employees in good standing and that it will announce schedules and timelines for store conversions at a later date.

Last month Bi-Lo Holdings received approval from the Federal Trade Commission to acquire the Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid’s supermarket chains from Delhaize Group pending the divestiture of 12 stores by Bi-Lo Holdings and Delhaize Group retaining two stores and converting them to the Food Lion banner.

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Roman Meal Company chairman Charles Matthaei has died

BY CSA STAFF

Charles W. H. Matthaei, chairman at Roman Meal Company, died Feb. 26. Matthaei headed the family-owned company for nearly 70 years.

Roman Meal Company reached a number of significant milestones during Matthaei’s tenure. The company credits Matthaei with making it the largest selling single brand of variety bread in the United States. Matthaei established a milling company in North Dakota, introduced the company’s products to Japan and developed a whole grain based diet plan. More than 50 years ago he trademarked "Natural Whole Grain Goodness." His achievements were officially celebrated during his induction into the American Society of Baking Hall of Fame in 2008.

Matthaei was born and raised in Tacoma, Wash. He earned a chemical engineering degree and received an officer’s commission after Navy ROTC training at the University of Washington. A World War II veteran, Matthaei was stationed on the USS Missouri when the Japanese surrendered. He went to work for the family business, Roman Meal Company, when he returned from the Pacific in 1947. In 2013, Matthaei received the University of Washington Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award for his service and a lifetime of philanthropy, civic activism and consumer health advocacy.

Matthaei became a member of the Tacoma Rotary in 1947 and held a 55-year membership in the American Society of Baking. He was a great supporter of Oregon State University’s Center for Healthy Aging, the American Association of Cereal Chemists and the Boy Scouts of America. Tacoma’s MultiCare Health System named its annual community support award the "Chuck and Helen Matthaei Community Builder Award" for Charles and Helen Matthaei.

"Dad was a poster child for the greatest generation," said William Matthaei, CEO and director at Roman Meal Company. "Throughout his life, he embodied the values of duty, honor, economy, courage, service, love of family and country. These tenets became the backbone of Roman Meal and continue to shape the culture of the company today."

Roman Meal continues to be family-owned and operated in Tacoma, Wash., by members of the Matthaei family. As part of the Roman Meal Company’s succession plan, the board of directors has elected William Matthaei as chairman and Peter Matthaei as VP.

The Roman Meal Company develops, produces and licenses whole grain products, including bread and hot cereal. Roman Meal has grown to partner with bakeries throughout the U.S. and internationally.

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