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Hannaford receives Climate Champion award

BY Alaric DeArment

SCARBOROUGH, Maine An organization that promotes efforts to fight global warming has given a national environmental award to a New England supermarket chain.

Hannaford Supermarkets received Portsmouth, N.H.-based Clean Air – Cool Planet’s “Climate Champion” award at a ceremony in Boston last week.

“Hannaford Supermarkets has long been a leader in recognizing the need for action on climate change,” Clean Air – Cool Planet CEO Adam Markham said in a statement. “Its recent opening of the most environmentally advanced supermarket in the country is a capstone to this history of corporate climate action.”

Markham was referring to the chain’s new store in Augusta, Maine, which was the first supermarket to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Hannaford said the store is expected to use 59% less energy than a typical supermarket of comparable size and amenities. The chain also has installed photovoltaic solar panels at five of its stores, equipped its trucks with energy-saving technology and plans to build a wind turbine at its distribution center in Schodack, N.Y.

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A&P CEO leaves as Q2 loss widens

BY Antoinette Alexander

MONTVALE, N.J. A&P has announced the departure of president and CEO Eric Claus. The news came as the company posted a wider net loss for the second quarter and a dip in sales.

Christian Haub, executive chairman of the board, has reassumed the CEO duties, a position he held from 1998 to 2005, while the company searches for a successor. 

“The current challenging economy continues to impact our business. The macro headwinds, including rising unemployment, intensifying price competition and now also deflation, are creating an even more difficult short-term economic environment,” Haub stated. “Nonetheless, we have made progress in several of our formats and many of our initiatives.” 

Sales for the second quarter ended Sept. 12 were $2.1 billion, compared with $2.2 billion in the year-ago period. Same-store sales dropped 3.8%. 

Reported loss from continuing operations was $62.2 million, compared with a loss of $4.3 million last year, which includes a $50 million increase in non-cash mark to market adjustments related to financial liabilities. Total net loss for the quarter was $80.3 million, or down $3.74 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $18.1 million, or a decrease of $1.97 per diluted share, in the year-ago period.

Haub noted that securing more than $400 million in new funds “was clearly done at the right time to ensure that we have the resources to address future debt maturities and to invest in our optimization strategies.”

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Garnier Fructis’ Anti-Humidity Hairspray collection

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Garnier Fructis’ new Anti-Humidity Hairspray collection was spotted on shelf at a CVS/pharmacy in Manhattan.

Unveiled at a press event earlier this year, the Anti-Humidity Hairsprays are infused with bamboo extract. The line includes four formulas: Full Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray (Ultra Strong Hold), Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray (Ultra Strong Hold), Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray (Strong Hold) and Volumizing Anti-Humidity Hairspray (Extra Strong Hold).

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