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Marketing Daily reports that PepsiCo plans to use 750 million Pepsi and Diet Pepsi cans to send a recycling message to consumers. According to the story, the message will be from the National Recycling Coalition, and will say “that recycling could save 95% of the energy used to make one can; that aluminum cans produced in the United States contain 40-50% recycled content; that the average person has the opportunity to recycle 25,000 cans in a lifetime; and that recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for three hours or a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.”

CNN reports that United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) members employed by Kroger at 87 stores in Louisville, Kentucky, and southern Indiana have ratified a new four-year labor contract.

• The New York Times reports that Safeway “has restricted some purchases of farm-raised Chilean salmon over concerns about a virus that is killing millions of fish there.

“The supermarket chain decided late last month to stop buying from its supplier of Chilean salmon, Marine Harvest, because the virus for infectious salmon anemia…was ‘impacting the quality of the product,’ Brian Dowling, a Safeway spokesman, said this week. Mr. Dowling said the virus, which does not pose a risk to humans, was nevertheless affecting the size of the salmon, ‘which impacts the quality and the taste’.”

In the wake of Safeway’s decision, at least one senior executive at Marine Harvest has lost his job. “Marine Harvest announced Monday that it had closed one of its three processing plants in Puerto Montt and laid off nearly 600 employees because of a reduction in harvesting volumes. The sudden closing seemed to accelerate a plan previously announced by the company to cut 1,200 workers, or one-fourth of its Chilean operation, by June because of the spreading virus. The layoffs are all in southern Chile, where the economy relies heavily on salmon production.”

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