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Wakefern Food Corp.’s DC to go solar

BY Staff Writer

Wall, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. and NJR Clean Energy Ventures, a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, have started work on the installation of a rooftop solar system at a Wakefern Food Corp. distribution center in Keasbey, N.J. The 2.4-megawatt solar system will supply power to a refrigerated warehouse, helping lower Wakefern’s long-term electricity costs and its greenhouse gas emissions.

“Wakefern has been committed to reducing its impact on the environment for more than 30 years,” said Joe Sheridan, president and COO of Wakefern Food Corp. “Generation of renewable energy is a natural next step in our commitment to sustainable business practices. We are delighted to partner with NJR Clean Energy Ventures to bring the power of solar energy to our perishable warehouse in Keasbey.”

The solar array is expected to produce nearly 2,900,000 kilowatt hours annually, eliminating 2,000 metric tons of carbon-equivalent emissions from the atmosphere. This equates to removing the carbon dioxide emissions produced by approximately 390 vehicles.

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Healthways to provide health, wellness services to Family Dollar team members

BY CSA STAFF

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar has inked a partnership with a national leader in health-and-wellness solutions to further drive the retailer’s commitment to proactively engage in activities that encourage healthy living.

Family Dollar said its multiyear agreement with Healthways offers the retailer’s team members a range of wellness programs to optimize their health. As part of the agreement, Family Dollar is offering its estimated 50,000 full-time and part-time team members a variety of integrated services, collectively known as the Healthways Well-Being Improvement Solution. Some of these services will include Healthways Well-Being assessments, the Well-Being Connect Web-based personal behavior change application, WellbeingGo mobile application, biometric screenings, on-site program management and engagement marketing, health risk coaching, incentive management and wellness competitions and challenges. Healthways assumed responsibility for program management and delivery of services as of Oct. 1.

"We are proud to offer this new program to our team members because fostering opportunities to enhance well-being is crucial to developing a healthy corporate culture and highlights our drive to be a compelling place to work," Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine said. "We are pleased that, through our partnership with Healthways, our team members will have access to transformational technologies and services that are shaping a new age of healthy living."

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Kroger honored for efficiency efforts

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CINCINNATI — Kroger was honored by the Alliance to Save Energy this week. The company received the group’s top award, the "Galaxy" Star of Energy Efficiency.

"We are honored to receive this recognition from the Alliance to Save Energy," said David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer. "This is a real tribute to Kroger’s 339,000 associates who bring our energy saving programs to life every day. We will continue to work tirelessly in all areas of our business to reduce energy consumption."

Kroger has reduced its energy use by 32% since the year 2000 – saving enough electricity to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio for one year. These initiatives have also saved Kroger more than $100 million per year in energy costs. More information about Kroger’s sustainability efforts can be found at http://sustainability.kroger.com.

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