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MidWest introduces new gardening gear for ladies

BY Allison Cerra

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — MidWest Gloves & Gear has introduced a new line of fashionable garden wear for women.

MidWest said its gardening colors line features raspberry red, lime green and teal blue, used as solid colors, unique stripe designs and in combinations. The lineup includes a waist apron, canvas gloves and a sun visor with an adjustable headband.

“We are quite proud of the coordinated color statements made with this new group of products. They are good-quality items and they are visually exciting and fun,” said MidWest president Stephen Franke.

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Kroger puts spotlight on flu vaccinations

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger is highlighting immunization against the flu this season on the company’s website.

Although Kroger has provided a triple protection flu vaccine — which protects against H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B viruses — to customers since September 2010 at its 1,900 in-store pharmacies and 77 Little Clinic locations, the retailer noted its inoculation offering on its site with a flu facts page that features a "The Flu ends with U!" header and links to Flu.gov and other sites.

During the holiday season, Kroger offered free flu shot vouchers to underinsured and uninsured customers.

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P&G seeks LEED certification for all sites

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CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble is working toward making its sites LEED-certified as part of the company’s long-term sustainability commitment.

Established by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. All new P&G sites, including those in the United States, that currently are in the design phase or early construction are working toward achieving LEED certification, P&G said.

"Pursuing LEED certification for all new sites, including offices, innovation centers and our manufacturing and distribution centers, is the next evolution in our facility eco-design process that will ensure excellence in sustainable design," said Keith Harrison, P&G global product supply officer. "Having all of our new sites LEED-certified will help us make progress toward our long-term sustainability vision, which includes powering our plants with 100%-renewable energy and zero manufacturing waste to landfill."

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