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Kroger details sustainability progress

BY CSA STAFF

Cincinnati The Kroger Co. has reduced its overall energy consumption more than 27% since 2000, according to the grocer’s 2010 Sustainability Report, which was recently published online.

The report details progress the chain has made in its core sustainability priorities, which include reducing its carbon footprint, especially by decreasing energy usage; eliminating and recycling waste including reducing plastic bag use; and lowering the impact of its transportation operations.

According to the report, Kroger has reduced its normalized carbon footprint by more than 5% since 2006. Its total carbon footprint has remained flat, despite growth in square footage, tonnage and sales.

Kroger found that nearly three-quarters of its carbon footprint is attributed to energy use and electricity the company purchases from utilities. Kroger’s goal for 2010 is to reduce our stores’ energy use by 30% from our baseline year of 2000.

Currently, Kroger’s new stores will consume 25% less energy than a store built in 2000. The supermarket company is achieving this goal through several strategies, including replacing lighting with LED fixtures that use 75% less energy. By the end of 2010, LED lighting will be installed in nearly every store.

On the transportation front, Kroger’s transportation efficiency (cases shipped per gallon) improved by 7% in 2009.

Safety is a core value at Kroger. As a result of safety programs that are a fundamental part of daily practices, Kroger stores, plants and distribution centers are among the safest places to work in America. Kroger has reduced accident rates by more than 70% over the past 14 years. Kroger’s safety goal is zero accidents — both at work and at home.

Kroger donated enough food to create 40 million meals to feed hungry families in the communities it serves in 2009.

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Target promotes volunteerism with exclusive Ben & Jerry’s flavors

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MINNEAPOLIS Target announced that it will debut two new, exclusive Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavors at all stores nationwide. The super premium ice cream flavors, Berry Voluntary and Brownie Chew Gooder, will be available throughout 2010 in mini cups and pints, according to the company.

Berry Voluntary is raspberry cheesecake flavored ice cream laced with white chocolate chunks and raspberry swirls.  Brownie Chew Gooder is vanilla caramel ice cream with fudge brownie pieces, finished with a caramel swirl.   Mini cups will be available for $1.25* and pints will be priced at $3.50. 

“By partnering with the iconic and beloved Ben & Jerry’s, Target is offering our guests even more exclusive, high-quality food options,” said Greg Duppler, SVP merchandising, Target. “Target guests who purchase these new ice cream products will not only enjoy two delicious flavors at an exceptional price, but will also have the satisfaction of supporting two great brands, aligned in their strong heritage of philanthropy and volunteerism.”

Target customers can enjoy the new flavors and do good at the same time. According to the company, customers who register for a volunteer activity at www.VolunteerMatch.org/scoopitforward and forward the opportunity to five friends, will receive a coupon for a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, redeemable at Target stores, while supplies last.  After that time, guests will still be able to participate in the “Scoop It Forward” promotion, and will receive a $1 off coupon in recognition of their volunteer efforts.

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NPD: Appliance sales showing strength

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. According to The NPD Group, sales of major appliances generated double-digit dollar and unit growth of 16% and 12% respectively, from January to May 2010, versus January to May 2009.

“Beginning last August we began to see signs of a recovery for appliances, but the new year confirmed that we’re truly on a growth trajectory – pent-up demand started it, but now we’re seeing results driven by consumer confidence and rebate programs augmented by strong retailer promotions,” said Mark Delaney, director of The NPD Group’s home division.

Most major appliance categories are seeing a boost in sales, but the largest overall increases came from dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes dryers, and washing machines, each with double-digit growth in units and dollars, compared with the first five months of 2009, according to the report.

“It’s encouraging to see such positive results in a sector that’s been struggling for so long. If retailers and manufacturers execute well with their new product offerings and we see sustained improvements in the housing sector, the major appliance industry is poised for a solid year,” ended Delaney.

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