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Giant-Carlisle installs solar panels at two stores

BY Alaric DeArment

LANCASTER, Pa. — One of the supermarket chains operated by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold has installed rooftop solar panels at two of its stores.

Carlisle, Pa.-based Giant Food Stores — also known as Giant-Carlisle to distinguish it from Landover, Md.-based Giant Food, also owned by Ahold — said it had installed solar photovoltaic systems at stores in Lancaster and Pottstown, Pa.

The company said the Lancaster store, opened in 2011, now has 1,111 solar panels on the roof that will generate 13% of its annual electricity requirements. The store also has other features to reduce energy consumption, including skylights and LED lighting.

Meanwhile, the Pottstown store has 1,056 solar panels that will generate 12% of its electricity requirements.

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Arm & Hammer introduces Ultra Last clumping cat litter

BY Allison Cerra

PRINCETON, N.J. — Arm & Hammer has introduced a new type of cat litter that’s aimed at busy cat owners who don’t have time to clean the litter box every day.

New Ultra Last clumping cat litter contains Arm & Hammer baking soda-coated granules and special odor neutralizers that continuously eliminate even the worst litter box odors, the company said. It also creates rock solid clumps that give way for easy removal of the source of odors and the moisture activated fresh scent deodorizes the litter every time the cat uses the litter box.

Arm & Hammer Ultra Last clumping cat litter is available in 20-lb., 28-lb. and 40-lb. sizes at leading retail outlets nationwide for a suggested retail price range from $8.99 to $16.99.

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Kroger expands reach to Ohio Northern campus with kiosk test

BY Michael Johnsen

ADA, OHIO — Kroger last month installed its first remote "kiosk store" on the campus of Ohio Northern University here, according to a report published Wednesday in the Toledo Blade.

The kiosk model is still in test market phase, a company representative told the Blade.

The refrigerate, 10-ft.-by-13-ft. kiosk can hold up to 200 items — though the Kroger kiosk currently fields 164 SKUs — including anything from toiletries and cleaning supplies to perishables that include fresh milk, bread, fruit and ground beef.

For the full Toledo Blade report, click here.

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