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Wegmans honored for energy savings

BY Michael Johnsen

LEXINGTON, Mass. Wegmans was one of 10 organizations honored in May as a “Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency” by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, the grocer announced last week.

Wegmans was nominated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and was selected for recognition based upon its commitment to achieving energy savings through cost-effective energy-efficiency investments; addressing comprehensive changes in major energy systems; improving energy performance through operational practices and management level support; and demonstrating leadership to advance energy efficiency.

Some of the energy-saving strategies implemented by Wegmans included:

  • A comprehensive retrofit of all lighting systems, providing more light to stores at half the previous cost; this included the use of high-performance T8 fixtures, high-efficiency fluorescent lamps and LEDs in freezer cases and exit signs;
  • The installation of high-efficiency HVAC systems; and
  • The installation of interval meters on equipment to control energy use.

As a result of these improvements, Wegmans has achieved annual cost savings of more than $1.4 million, the company stated.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to recognize Wegmans and NYSERDA for their commitments to energy efficiency,” stated Sue Coakley, executive director of NEEP. “Wegmans is a noteworthy example of the best practices in energy efficiency that can help businesses improve the bottom line, contribute to economic growth and reduce environmental impact.”

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Report finds vaccines are major area of growth

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK While generic drugs count for most of the prescription drug growth in this country, one of the biggest areas of growth internationally has been vaccines.

According to a report by Kalorama Information titled “Vaccines 2009: World Market Analysis, Key Players, and Critical Trends in a Fast-Changing Industry,” vaccine sales grew 21.5% since 2007 to reach $19.2 billion, and the market is expected to double by 2013 due to a strong pipeline of new products and rising usage.

“New products and better-than-expected profits, as well as merger activity, have transformed the vaccine marketplace,” Kalorama Information publisher Bruce Carlson said in a statement. “Continued sales of influenza and cervical cancer vaccines have provided a foundation for growth in the adult market. Meanwhile, the pediatric market was fueled by several major products, including Wyeth’s pneumococcal vaccines Prevnar and Merck’s new rotavirus vaccine TotaTeq.”

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Price Chopper opens new store in Oswego, N.Y.

BY Alaric DeArment

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. An East Coast supermarket chain has opened its second new store this month.

Price Chopper announced Tuesday the opening of a 68,000-square-foot store in Oswego, N.Y., at 137 State Route 104. The store replaces the Price chopper up the street, which opened in October 2005. The chain has operated stores in the city since 1976.

“We are confident that consumers here will appreciate the superior quality and value of what Price Chopper has to offer,” Price Chopper president and CEO Neil Golub said in a statement. “We are truly committed to continue to bring ‘the best in fresh … and low prices’ to the city of Oswego.”

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