New Weiss Markets stores will reduce refrigeration charge by 50%
Hanover, Pa. Weis Markets announced it is in the process of building three stores in Pennsylvania that will incorporate technologies and systems reducing store refrigerant charges (usage) to 50% less than a typical supermarket, thus decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
The announcement was made at an award ceremony at a Weis Markets store in Hanover, Pa. It was the first supermarket in the state of Pennsylvania to earn a certification award from the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary Environmental Protection Agency alliance with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions. The store attained a “silver” certificate by installing a glycol refrigeration system reducing the refrigerant charge to less than half that of a typical supermarket.
“Reducing the environmental impact of our stores is a key part of being a good neighbor and we are committed to doing so in the years ahead,” said Kevin Small, VP construction and development, Weis Markets, which operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania; Maryland; New York; New Jersey; and West Virginia. “As a long-time proponent of sustainability and recycling, we have embraced the next generation of technology that will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint and operate our stores more efficiently. We plan for these three new stores to achieve GreenChill certification.”
Safeway names SVP government affairs
PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway announced that it has appointed 16-year veteran Jonathan Mayes to SVP government relations, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
“Jonathan is an exceptional leader and has successfully represented the company and its stakeholders in his role as our key Government Affairs person,” said Larree Renda, EVP, chief strategist and administrative officer. “Certainly he will bring the same level of excellence and commitment to these other functions that interact on a daily basis with our customers and communities.”
Mayes joined Safeway in 1994 as a senior attorney focused on employment law, business litigation, and consumer protection matters. In 1996, he joined the company’s government relations team as a director and was promoted to VP of that function in 1999. In 2008, Mayes was named group VP government relations in charge of the team of professionals that focus on local, state and federal government matters in the geographies in which Safeway operates in the United States and Canada.
Before joining Safeway, Mayes was senior corporate counsel for Lucky Stores, and an attorney at Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP.
Diddy goes green for M&M’s
HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America announced that Ms. Green is officially America’s favorite M&M’S character, and Sean “Diddy” Combs will produce a special M&M’s Green party in her honor.
Diddy will plan the party for “Party Like Diddy” Sweepstakes winner B.C. Ashmall-Liversidge and 20 of her friends. The party will take place in New York City this summer.