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Kroger highlights achievements in sustainability report

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger has released its sixth annual sustainability report.

"Kroger associates embrace sustainability in their everyday business practices," Kroger chairman and CEO David Dillon said. "In 2011, our stores saved enough energy to power every single-family home in Columbus, Ohio, for a single year. We’re proud to have donated the equivalent of 160 million meals to local food banks through our partnership with Feeding America, placing us among the top-tier donors. We continue our commitment to help make the world a better place in a variety of ways."

Some highlights of Kroger’s environmental and social sustainability progress in 2011:

  • Kroger has saved more than 2.34 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, which equals 1.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That equates to taking more than 292,000 cars off roads for one year;

  • In 2011, the company’s Ralphs/Food 4 Less Division designed and built a unique resource recovery system, which is expected to convert 55,000 tons of unsold organics, annually, into renewable energy that will power its own facility;

  • Improved bagging techniques and increased use of reusable bags have prevented approximately 1 billion plastic bags from being used since 2008. In 2011, Kroger sold and provided customers with more than 5.3 million reusable bags, an average of 14,200 per day; and

  • Together, Kroger vendors and customers raised more than $5.5 million in support of women’s health and breast cancer awareness programs.

To read the full report, click here.

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FDA approves Wockhardt antidepressant

BY Alaric DeArment

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic antidepressant made by Wockhardt, the Indian drug maker said Tuesday.

Wockhardt announced the FDA approval of its bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets in the 100 mg, 150 mg and 200 mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline’s Wellbutrin SR, various versions of which have a market of about $268 million, according to IMS Health.


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Travel Channel, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment release new DVD collections for hit shows

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment is releasing two DVD collections under the company’s exclusive home video license agreement with Travel Channel.

The company has debuted "Ghost Adventures Season 4." "Ghost Adventures" follows Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin, a trio that visits some of the nation’s most notoriously haunted places and spaces. Such places visited include the Stanley Hotel — the site that inspired Stephen King’s "The Shining" — in addition to a corrupt funeral home located in Seattle and Gettysburg, Pa.

The company also has released "The Dead Files: Collection 1." The show follows medium Amy Allan and former NYPD homicide detective Steve DiSchiavi as they combine skills in an attempt to uncover paranormal phenomena across America.

"Ghost Adventures Season 4" DVD is comprises of three discs, has a run time of 516 minutes and a suggested retail price of $24.98. "The Dead Files: Collection 1" DVD set is comprised of two discs, has a run time of 387 minutes and a suggested retail price of $19.98. Both collections now are available wherever DVDs are sold.

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