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Tidy Cats introduces new line of lighter litter

BY Ryan Chavis

ST. LOUIS — Cat litter brand Tidy Cats has introduced new LightWeight 24/7 Performance cat litter, which is 50% lighter in weight than traditional scooping cat litter.

A recent survey of cat owners revealed that 61% of owners hate dealing with heavy cat litter; 35% agreed that one of the top challenges with heavy litters is the inability to carry other items at the same time when bringing it into their home.

Although Tidy Cats’ latest product is lighter than traditional litters, it still maintains the same strength thanks to a combination of clay and natural lightweight minerals, the company said.

“At Tidy Cats, we understand that cat owners are always looking for better solutions — during the holiday season and all year long — and that heavy cat litter is a problem for many people,” Keith Peterfeso, brand manager for Tidy Cats brand cat litter, said. “Tidy Cats LightWeight 24/7 Performance offers a solution for anyone who is tired of dealing with the weight of their current cat litter and looking for a lighter option that doesn’t sacrifice performance.”

Tidy Cats LightWeight 24/7 Performance is now available in an 8.5-lb. jug at select retailers. The product will roll out nationwide beginning in March.

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Stater Bros. promotes CFO

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. has promoted David Harris to EVP finance, the southern California supermarket chain said.

Harris began working for the chain in 2009 as VP finance and was promoted to SVP finance in 2011. A year later, he was promoted to CFO and principal accounting officer. Before working for Stater Bros., he was a partner with Ernst & Young in Riverside and Irvine, both cities near San Bernardino, Calif., where Stater Bros. is headquartered.

"Dave’s promotion is well-deserved and attributable to his integrity, dedication and excellent financial management skills," Stater Bros. CEO and chairman Jack Brown said. "Dave is a key contributor to the continued growth of the company."

 

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Walmart, Salvation Army partner to ‘Fill the Truck’

BY Ryan Chavis

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart and the Salvation Army on Tuesday announced the second annual "Fill the Truck" toy drive, which will help bring toys to thousands of children. The toy drive begins Nov. 29 through Dec. 15 on select weekends in 1,600 stores across the country.

"The holidays are a time for gifting, and a time for giving," Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal at Walmart U.S. said. "We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country."

The toy drive is part of Walmart’s long-standing partnership with the Salvation Army.

"Walmart has been such a big supporter of The Salvation Army and we are so appreciative of all the hard work they put into Fill the Truck," Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army said. "This year, Fill the Truck is reaching even more customers and our hope is to provide more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise."

This year, the Walmart Foundation donated $1 million dollars to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which will be applied to Salvation Army feeding programs across the nation. Additionally, Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will host the Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers between Nov.29 and Dec. 24, 2013. All donations made to the red kettles stay in the local communities that they’re collected in and will help the Salvation Army to provide food, clothing, shelter and other services to around 30 million people this year.

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