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Price Chopper announces executive appointments

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. Jerel Golub has been appointed president and COO of Price Chopper Supermarkets, the Northeastern chain announced Friday.

Golub had served as EVP and COO since February 2008, previously serving as SVP sales and merchandising and VP marketing, as well as several other positions in merchandising and finance. In his new role, he will supervise administration, supply chain, real estate and construction, the company said. Joe Kelley will take Golub’s place as EVP, having served as VP sales and merchandising since February 2008.

David Golub was promoted to VP administration, having served as VP store operations since May 2006 and previously serving as regional VP, zone director, private-label category manager, produce and general merchandise specialist and store manager.

Other promotions include Russell Zwanka, to VP sales, merchandising and marketing, Mike Davidson, to VP operations, Mark Chandler, to VP supply chain, and Bob Doyle, to VP distribution.

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Genentech seeks expanded approval for Herceptin

BY Alaric DeArment

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Genentech hopes to get one of its breast cancer drugs approved as a treatment for stomach cancer, the biotech company said Friday.

Genentech, part of Swiss drug maker Roche, applied for Food and Drug Administration approval of Herceptin (trastuzumab) plus chemotherapy as a treatment for adenocarcinoma of the stomach that includes the protein human epidermal factor receptor 2, or HER2, which Herceptin is supposed to inhibit. Cancers that include HER2 tend to be more aggressive than those that don’t.

“This application reflects our commitment to developing more personalized medicines for people with cancer,” Genentech EVP global development and chief medical officer Hal Barron said. “By using diagnostics to help identify the right patients for our medicines, it is our hope that Herceptin used with chemotherapy will become the first targeted option for advanced HER2-positive stomach cancer.”

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Local Hy-Vee earns LEED certification

BY Allison Cerra

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded a Hy-Vee supermarket in Madison, Wis., with LEED Gold certification.

Mike Smith, director of real estate and sustainability for Hy-Vee, said the company is pleased to have earned the second-highest level certification on its first LEED application. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a project meets international standards for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings. The system promotes a “whole building” approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Hy-Vee’s long-standing commitment to environmental responsibility is reflected in every aspect of our store operations,” Smith said. “By designing and building stores that meet the highest standards for sustainability, we are fulfilling our company’s mission of making lives easier, healthier and happier.”

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