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Weis Markets hires sustainability specialist

BY Allison Cerra

SUNBURY, Pa. Patti Olenick, a former long-time state environmental official, has joined Weis Markets as the company’s first-ever sustainability specialist.

Olenick will help the company develop its sustainability and environmental responsibility programs.

“We take our environmental responsibilities seriously,” said Weis Markets president and CEO David Hepfinger. “For decades, we’ve recycled enormous quantities of cardboard and plastic and in recent years, we’ve utilized energy and water usage reduction systems throughout our company.  Patti will help us develop a more systematic approach to our sustainability programs and bring greater cohesion to our efforts.”

Olenick joins the company from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. She has extensive experience in waste management, recycling and composting. During her 20-year government career, she helped develop a number of innovative programs including The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, the Community Illegal Dump Cleanup Grant Program and a statewide backyard composting program.

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Former Rite Aid VP joins A&P

BY Michael Johnsen

MONTVALE, N.J. Grocer A&P on Tuesday named Mark Kramer its new SVP operations, following the departure of Paul Wiseman.

“[Kramer’s] comprehensive background and strategic skill set will undoubtedly put our operations team on the path forward to our successful turn around,” stated Ron Marshall, A&P president and CEO.

Prior to taking the position at A&P, Kramer was the regional VP operations for Rite Aid. He also brings a significant amount of experience in grocery retail operations including achieving roles of increasing responsibility in Pathmark before its sale to A&P.

Kramer received a B.A. from Seton Hall University as well as certification from the Cornell Executive Development Program.

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PaperMate launches biodegradable products

BY Allison Cerra

OAK BROOK, Ill. Writing instrument maker PaperMate is going green.

The new Paper Mate Biodegradable products are the latest step in Paper Mate’s ongoing commitment to the environment. Paper Mate also offers an existing line of products made from recycled sources, and recently introduced an innovative new upcycling program to find new ways to repurpose otherwise throwaway writing instruments.

“When you write with a Paper Mate Biodegradable pen or pencil, you can do your part to help protect our planet,” said Kanan Banerjee, director of marketing for Paper Mate.”Paper Mate Biodegradable pens and pencils make going green simple, easy and affordable.”

The Paper Mate Biodegradable pen comes in black, blue, red or purple ink and retails for about $1.70. The mechanical pencil is available in 0.5mm or 0.7mm lead sizes and retails for about $2.70. Both are available wherever Paper Mate office products are sold.

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