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Kroger names new president for Dillons banner

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI – Kroger on Tuesday announced Marlene Stewart has been promoted to president of the company's Dillons division. She replaces Joe Grieshaber, who was recently named president of Kroger's Columbus division.
 
Stewart currently serves as VP merchandising at QFC, based in Seattle.
 
"Marlene combines a passion for people and proven merchandising and operations leadership," said Mike Ellis, Kroger's president and COO. "We look forward to Marlene bringing her knowledge of our customers and business, and commitment to our associates, to the Dillons team."
 
Stewart started her career with Kroger in 1977 as a bagger in the company's Cincinnati division, where she worked full-time while attending the University of Cincinnati. She went on to serve in many leadership roles in Cincinnati, including store and district management, training and merchandising. In 2005, Stewart was named director of operations for Kroger's Mid-Atlantic division before being named VP operations in 2007. She was named to her current role in 2011.
 
Stewart has been involved in a variety of community organizations throughout her career, serving on the boards of local food banks, the Girl Scouts and the United Way.
 
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Ziploc brand intros new easy-open bags

BY Ryan Chavis

RACINE, Wis. — Ziploc brand from SC Johnson announced the debut of new Ziploc bags with “Easy Open Tabs,” which feature ergonomic tabs that are easier to grip and open. 
 
In celebration of the new product launch, the brand is partnering with Tough Mudder, a popular obstacle course, to honor mothers who who take challenges head on and prove what they’re capable of. 
 
"We are proud to partner with Ziploc brand this year to honor and recognize tough mothers around the country," said Dan Weinberg, VP of global partnerships at Tough Mudder.
 
Actress and mother Candace Cameron Bure, who television viewers may remember from the sitcom "Full House," is also partnering with Ziploc.  "I'm proud to partner with a brand that listens to its consumers and creates products based on their needs," Bure said.
 
The Ziploc bags with Easy Open Tabs will be available in three varieties: freezer, storage, sandwich and snack varieties. Each variety will have a distinctive color tab to help with organization. The new bags are currently available at retailers nationwide. 
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Food Lion achieves EPA honor for 14th year

BY Antoinette Alexander

SALISBURY, N.C. — The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Food Lion with a 2015 Energy Star Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency achievements. This is the 14th year Food Lion has received the award, making it the only grocer to achieve this honor for so many years consecutively.

"We are honored to receive this award, which speaks to our commitment to energy conservation and reducing carbon dioxide emissions throughout our 10-state footprint," stated Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Food Lion. "Since beginning our partnership with the EPA and Energy Star, Food Lion's energy reductions are equivalent to powering the average American home for more than 78,500 years."

The awards are given to a variety of organizations to recognize their contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through superior energy efficiency achievements.

Food Lion's accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C., on April 20, 2015.
 

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