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Hy-Vee teams up with celebrity chef

BY Alaric DeArment

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Supermarket chain Hy-Vee has brought in Australian-born celebrity chef Curtis Stone to develop recipes designed to put the fun in cooking at home, the company said Friday.

Stone, the host of “Top Chef Masters” on Bravo and an investor and mentor on NBC’s “America’s Next Great Restaurant,” will be featured in the chain’s television commercials, print ads and in-store marketing materials for the next two years.

“For a lot of people, putting together a great meal is the opposite of relaxing, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” Stone said. “With the right ingredients, the right tools and the right tips, everyone can make healthy, affordable meals their families will love. The recipes I’m developing for Hy-Vee are easy to prepare and serve, leaving families with more time to linger around the table and enjoy each other’s company.”

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Purina One goes ‘beyond’ pet food offerings

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS — Purina One has introduced a new line of pet food for dogs and cats that boasts meat as the No. 1 ingredient.

Purina One Beyond is crafted without wheat or corn, added fillers or artificial preservatives. The line includes two adult dog recipes: chicken and whole oat meal recipe, accented with carrots, tomatoes and apples, and lamb and whole barley recipe, accented with blueberries, sweet potatoes and spinach. The line also features two adult cat recipes: salmon and whole brown rice recipe, accented with cranberries, tomatoes and spinach, and chicken and whole oat meal recipe, accented with carrots, sweet potatoes and apples.

Purina One Beyond dog recipes are available in 3-lb., 15-lb. and 26-lb. packages. Purina One Beyond cat recipes are available in a 1-lb. recyclable carton, 3-lb., 6-lb. and 13-lb. packages. The products are available at grocery, mass and pet specialty retailers nationwide.

To support the launch of Purina One Beyond, one 60-second and two 30-second television spots will hit the airwaves through major national networks. To view the commercial, visit the Purina One Facebook page.

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Walgreens installs electric ‘fuel’ stations in second Texas market

BY Michael Johnsen

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Friday helped launch the nation’s first privately funded and comprehensive electric vehicle charging network with an initial station at the Walgreens drug store at Belt Line Road and Montfort Drive in Dallas.

The drug store retailer is working with NRG Energy to install high-powered rapid charging eVgo Freedom Stations at 18 locations across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

According to NRG, it plans to install at least 30 charging stations at public parking facilities, other retailers and workplaces throughout the area by Labor Day. The charging stations will be conveniently located along major freeways, near retail districts and in multifamily communities. Walgreens is the largest retailer participating in this program.

“Every day, we serve our customers’ health and daily living needs, and now we are expanding those services to help customers who embrace environmental sustainability and electric vehicle use,” stated Walgreens director of energy and sustainability Menno Enters. “This is another way Walgreens is showing its commitment to helping the planet through innovation, design and efficiency.”

The charging stations will feature a high-speed direct current charger that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes of charging time, along with a Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge. The stations are strategically located across eVgo host partner cities to provide comprehensive coverage throughout the region.

Walgreens partnered with NRG on 18 drug store charging stations in the Houston Market in November. Construction began this month at two locations. By the end of 2012, NRG plans to install a total of approximately 70 charging stations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and another 50 in the Houston area. Additionally, NRG plans will help electrify the Interstate 45 corridor that connects the two cities by the end of next year.

"More Americans are choosing electric vehicles as a way to make a difference with respect to the environment and to our national security," stated NRG EV Services president Arun Banskota. "To make EV ownership more affordable, convenient and fun, we have partnered with retailers, such as Walgreens, to host charging locations at strategic locations in metropolitan areas. Together, we are working to provide EV owners with range confidence, knowing that they will never be more than a few miles from a convenient charging station."

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