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Yankee Candle hosts a garden party

BY Ryan Chavis

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — The Yankee Candle Co. announced the launch of Dream Garden, a limited-edition collection of garden fragrances. The line was inspired by the garden parties and consists of three fragrances: Garden Time, Blue Lavender and Sweet Pink.

Garden Time evokes the scent of fresh garden herbs; Blue Lavender mimics the scent of fresh lavender sprigs; and Sweet Pink contains a blend of sweet floral nectars.

"As Mother’s Day approaches, customers are looking for a fresh idea to give the gift of spring," said Hope Margala Klein, EVP brand, design and innovation for the Yankee Candle Co. "Our new Dream Garden collection is the perfect way to show mom how much you care and help her create a blissful escape."

The Dream Garden Collection is available in the classic tumblr form and also comes in a ceramic decorative crock candle. The collection is available now through June at Yankee Candle retail stores, YankeeCandle.com and select specialty retailers and gift shops.

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Kroger opens Energy Star store No. 500

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday announced that its Fry’s Marketplace in Phoenix is the company’s 500th location to earn the Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. 

"Kroger is a shining example that improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is not only good for business, it’s critical to protecting the climate," stated Jean Lupinacci, chief of EPA’s Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. "By addressing energy efficiency from design through operation, Kroger is leading the way for others and demonstrating that a lifecycle approach is the most effective way to ensure lasting energy savings."

Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star label rate in the top 25% of facilities in the nation for energy efficiency and performance.

"This accomplishment is very exciting for our company and our associates, because it demonstrates our commitment to energy reduction," stated Keith Oliver, Kroger’s VP facility engineering. "Energy management remains a vital part of our sustainability work, and we are proud to partner with Energy Star to improve today to protect tomorrow."

Kroger utilizes a variety of practices to increase energy efficiency, employing technology such as LED lights, skylights and control systems – as well as engaging store associates in energy savings initiatives. The company has reduced its average grocery store electricity usage by more than 34.3% since the year 2000, saving enough electricity to power every single-family home in Charlotte, N.C. for one year. 

 

 

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Diplomat has access to dispense Arzerra, a cancer treatment with a recently expanded indication

BY Michael Johnsen

FLINT, Mich. — Specialty pharmacy operator Diplomat has access to dispense Arzerra, a cancer treatment with a recently expanded indication, the company noted Tuesday.

The Food and Drug Administration recently expanded approval of Arzerra (ofatumumab) in combination with chlorambucil for the first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Arzerra was previously approved by the FDA in October 2009 for the treatment of CLL resistant to other forms of chemotherapy.

Arzerra is distributed by GlaxoSmithKline.

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