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Two R.I. Shaw’s stores achieve zero-waste landmark

BY Allison Cerra

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Supervalu banner Shaw’s announced that two of its Rhode Island locations diverted more than 90% of store waste from local landfills as part of the company’s zero-waste program.

Shaw’s said its Barrington and Cranston stores achieved total waste diversion of 90.76% and 90.81%, respectively. In addition to the two new zero-waste stores in Rhode Island, the Shaw’s Lancaster, N.H., store also is one of the newest to join the zero-waste program, bringing the company total to eight.

Accomplished through an innovative approach to recycling, organic composting and food donations, the goal of the Shaw’s zero-waste program is to eliminate landfill waste from operations. Each store now maximizes recycling, food donations, organic composting and overall waste reduction so less trash is placed in local landfills. Additionally, every Shaw’s location is diverting all of its organic materials, soft plastics, hard plastics and all of its paper and cardboard.

"We are committed to sustainable operations at Shaw’s and continually work to use resources more efficiently, reduce waste, and devise solutions that enable our customers to feel good about shopping with us," Shaw’s president Mike Stigers said. "I have our associates to thank for their efforts to help these additional two stores achieve this important milestone. Their continued efforts will be pivotal as we expand our zero waste efforts to additional stores."

Overall, Shaw’s stores have united to keep more than 32 million pounds of waste out of local landfills and donated more than two million meals to local food banks and hunger relief efforts since 2011.

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Tropicana introduces 89-oz. container for Pure Premium juice

BY Allison Cerra

CHICAGO — Tropicana has introduced an 89-oz. container for its flagship Tropicana Pure Premium 100% pure Florida orange juice with no added sugar, water or preservatives.

The sleek package is the first clear-handle design in the chilled juice category that is 100% recyclable, Tropicana said. Made from lightweight PET plastic, the bottle can be recycled in curbside programs nationwide or via PepsiCo Dream Machines that are available in public locations across the country.

"We listened closely to our consumers who said they prefer to see the juice, and worked with our research team to marry the best of form and function," said Jacqi Coleman, senior marketing manager for Tropicana Pure Premium. "The result is an elegant, ergonomic package design that three out of four people told us they prefer over a screw-top container."

The new 89-oz. bottle is available at stores nationwide for the suggested retail price of $6.29.

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NPD: Last-minute BTS spending on the rise

BY Gail Hoffer

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Once again, consumers are putting off back-to-school shopping until the last minute, but retailers can take solace in the fact that they intend to spend more this year, NPD reported.

According to NPD’s survey, 31% of respondents said they plan to spend more this year, compared with 22% who made that claim in 2011. The number of consumers who plan to spend less went from 38% in 2011 to 24% this year, while those who plan to spend the same rose from 40% to 46%.

When it comes to when they plan to shop, the numbers were essentially the same from 2011 to 2012. This year, 37% shoppers said they will finish their back-to-school shopping by Aug. 1 compared with 38% from the year before. This year, 58% of consumers plan to have their shopping done by Sept. 1, compared with 57% for the prior year.

“Retailers should plan to see a rise in sales when the temperature drops,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst at NPD. “The summer heat wave in much of the country is a possible contributor to the delay in back-to-school shopping.”

Where consumers spend their money this year has shifted, with the bulk of the spending to be done at department stores (26% of those surveyed), followed by footwear specialty stores (25%) and online (16%).

“There will be waves of sales growth — in the early stages, school supplies and electronics will do well," said Cohen. "And when school is back in session apparel and footwear will show some true promise, driving shoppers to department, sporting goods, and specialty stores."

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