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Yankee Candle introduces QuickScent candles

BY Allison Cerra

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass. — Consumers looking for a quick way to enjoy fresh fragrances can look no further than Yankee Candle’s latest innovation.

New QuickScent candles are fast-melting candles in a refillable base, giving any room a lovely aroma in no time. QuickScent candles currently are available in nine scents, including Clean Cotton, Sun and Sand, and Vanilla Cupcake.

Yankee Candle’s QuickScent candles are available in a "starter kit," which includes one reusable candleholder and three QuickScent candles for $5.99. Refill candles for the QuickScent candleholder are available in five-packs with 14 fragrance choices for $7.99. The QuickScent candle lineup also features accessories, including decorative ceramic holders, available for $5.99 each.

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Save-A-Lot opens food DC in Lexington, N.C.

BY DSN STAFF

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Save-A-Lot announced that it will break ground for a new 325,000-sq.-ft. food distribution center in Lexington, N.C.

The state-of-the-art center, located in Lexington’s Business Center, is expected to open in December and initially will employ more than 40 employees with the potential for hiring additional employees once the facility is at full capacity. The project is the result of collaboration with the state of North Carolina and its One North Carolina Fund, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, Davidson County and the City of Lexington.

“With this project, Save-A-Lot plans on investing more than $24 million in Lexington over the next three years,” said Bill Shaner, Save-A-Lot president and CEO. “We chose Lexington for our new distribution center because of its excellent business climate, central location and industrious work force. For the state of North Carolina and the surrounding region, it means economic growth and jobs. I believe this will be a wonderful partnership for Save-A-Lot, Lexington and the region.”

According to the company, the new center will help Save-A-Lot supply its growing network of grocery stores. In addition, the new state-of-the-art food distribution center will feature the latest in green technologies for the most efficient use of energy, including lights that only operate when a person is present and an HVAC system with smart thermostats.

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Walmart on a health mission

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WASHINGTON — Walmart joined First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington Thursday to unveil a comprehensive effort to provide its customers with healthier and more affordable food choices.

The program will involve five key elements, including:

  • Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium by 25% and added sugars by 10%, and by removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats. The company will work with suppliers to improve the nutritional quality of national food brands and its Great Value private-label brand in key product categories to complete the reformulations;

  • Making healthier choices more affordable, saving customers approximately $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables through a variety of sourcing, pricing, and transportation and logistics initiatives that will drive unnecessary costs out of the supply chain. Walmart also will dramatically reduce or eliminate the price premium on key “better-for-you” items, such as reduced sodium, sugar or fat products;

  • Developing strong criteria for a simple front-of-package seal that will help consumers instantly identify truly healthier food options, such as whole-grain cereal, whole-wheat pasta or unsweetened canned fruit;

  • Providing solutions to address food deserts by building stores in underserved communities that are in need of fresh and affordable groceries; and

  • Increasing charitable support for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food solutions and choices.

"No family should have to choose between food that is healthier for them and food they can afford," said Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. "With more than 140 million customer visits each week, Walmart is uniquely positioned to make a difference by making food healthier and more affordable to everyone. We are committed to working with suppliers, government and nongovernmental organizations to provide solutions that help Americans eat healthier and live a better life."

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