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Westwood Contractors names president

BY Staff Writer

Ft. Worth, Texas — Westwood Contractors announced that effective May 1, Michael W. McBride has assumed the role of president in addition to his position as COO at the firm.

“This promotion acknowledges Mike’s leadership role in the strategic direction of the company as it continues to grow,” said Robert D. Benda, CEO of Westwood.

Prior to joining Westwood in 1994, McBride held construction management positions at Payless Shoe Source and Zale Corporation.

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Supply chain improvements for BJ’s Wholesale

BY CSA STAFF

LOS GATOS, Calif. — BJ’s Wholesale Club has tapped FoodLink, a fresh food commerce and traceability platform, to assist in the sourcing and purchasing of fresh produce across BJ’s 15-state chain.

“Produce is an increasingly important category for our club members, and we are always looking for ways to provide high quality products at a value,” said Jeff Desroches, SVP, director of logistics, BJ’s Wholesale Club. “FoodLink will help us improve supply chain visibility into market data and enable us to work closely with our suppliers to better meet the needs of our members.”

Headquartered in Westborough, Mass., BJ’s is a leading operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern U.S., and carries more than 7,000 items.

By placing all produce orders over FoodLink, BJ’s joins a network that already includes all fresh food purchases by major retailers and wholesalers such as Ahold USA, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Associated Wholesale Grocers and Roundy’s Supermarkets.

“Like all of the retailers on FoodLink, BJ’s is a company that truly understands the importance of the fresh category,” said Eric Peters, CEO, FoodLink. “We look forward to helping them accelerate the advantages of using better data, more efficient buying processes and new levels of supply chain visibility to succeed in an extremely competitive environment.”

The Foodlink network consists of more than 2,000 retail grocers and their fresh food suppliers, including growers, shippers, carriers and third-party brokers and wholesalers.

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Kroger puts food waste to work

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Kroger plans on putting food waste to good use with a clean energy production system that converts food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy, which will help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif.

The anaerobic conversion system will process more than 55,000 tons of organic food waste into renewable energy annually, providing power for the more than 650,000-sq.-ft. distribution center. By diverting that food waste — the equivalent of 150 tons per day — the system will also reduce area truck trips by more than 500,000 miles each year. The Kroger Recovery System will convert the carbon in organic material into a renewable source of methane.

"We are committed to finding solutions for food waste and clean energy, and we believe this is a meaningful step forward," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s president and COO. "Investing in this project is a good business decision for Kroger and, most important, an extraordinary opportunity to benefit the environment. We want to thank Governor Brown and his team at CalRecycle and CalEPA, the City of Compton, the SCAQMD and our partners at Feed for making this renewable energy project a reality."

The Kroger Recovery System is designed and operated by Feed Resource Recovery Inc., a clean technology company founded in Boston, Mass., in 2007. Feed has designed and implemented a Zero Waste solution, called R2S, for the food industry. Its approach leverages customers’ existing transportation and distribution systems to generate clean, sustainable power for onsite operations, reduce emissions and save millions of dollars on waste removal costs.

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