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Food Retailers Seek Support To Serve Returning Families, Displaced Employees

BY CSA STAFF

Washington, D.C., Hundreds of supermarkets recovering from Hurricane Katrina need immediate help to prepare their stores for the return of families who evacuated their communicates the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) said yesterday, responding to requests from Congress and the Department of Homeland Security for disaster relief recommendations.

FMI provided Congress a list of industry needs. The most important immediate requests include:

  • Restore communications to serve America’s neediest so retailers can accept food stamps, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program vouchers and other government benefits.
  • Expedite the removal of debris and provide security for employees and shoppers in stores and along distribution routes.
  • Allocate fuel to supermarkets and wholesalers on a priority basis to ensure that food and other essential goods are delivered quickly to stores in disaster relief areas.
  • Offer incentives for companies to hire displaced workers, including the newly homeless and people without verifiable paperwork.
  • Provide the necessary inoculations, vaccines and boosters to food industry employees in infected disaster areas.
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    TJX President Resigns

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    Framingham, Mass., Edmond (Ted) English announced his resignation Tuesday as president and CEO of TJX Cos., effective immediately. English, who has been with TJX for 23 years, has served as CEO since 2000. Bernard Cammarata, the chairman and former CEO of TJX, was named acting president. English will advise the company while it searches for a permanent replacement.

    “While sales and segment profit at Marmaxx, our largest business, have experienced strong growth, our other businesses have not met expectations over the past year, despite actions taken to improve their performance,” English said in a statement. “These businesses would benefit from a fresh perspective at the top.”

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    Safeway Partners With EPA to Buy “Green” Energy

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    Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway announced it will purchase renewable energy to power its 270 fuel stations, 15 stores in San Francisco and corporate campuses in Pleasanton and Walnut Creek, Calif. The deal, arranged through with the Environmental Protection Agency, makes Safeway one of the largest buyers of green energy in the United States. The supermarket retailer has agreed to purchase 78 million kilowatt hours of electricity generated from wind energy.

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