retail news in context, analysis with attitude reports that the Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, Chicago, has earned the took the top prize for Project of the Year at the second annual A.R.E. Sustainability Awards.

According to the story, the Whole Foods Market “won for Project of the Year and a Grand Prize in the category of Sustainability – Standalone for its complete integration of sustainable strategies and green building practices. The store was built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards and Energy Star standards for buildings. The store is packed with sustainable features including ozone-friendly water-cooled refrigeration system, destratification fans, night curtains on refrigerated cases, LED lighting in exterior signage and freezer cases, motion-activated lighting controls in frozen food cases, and a HVAC system that reduces air flow when the space is unoccupied.”

• Nebraska Grocery Industry Association Executive Director Kathy Siefken received the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Donald H. MacManus Association Executive Award in recognition of what was described as “her professional skills, knowledge and passion for the industry she represents and her tenacity of purpose in the legislative arena.”

The award was presented at the industry’s Washington Public Policy Conference hosted by FMI, the National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association Executives (FIAE).

• The Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald’s is trying to convince its franchisees that they should embrace a soft drink promotion this summer - $1 per drink, no matter what the size. If it can get its franchisees to say yes, the promotion would run for 150 days, starting on Memorial Day weekend ... practically guaranteeing that the campaign will dominate the airwaves for five months.

Agence France Presse reports that France-based Carrefour “plans to enter India's vast retail market in 2010 following years of delays.” The entry is likely to come in the form of a cash-and-carry wholesale outlet opened in partnership with a local company...local laws make it impossible for foreign retailers to operate independently in India.

Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Kraft Foods, best known for Cheez Whiz and Velveeta, has won first place in a global cheese contest, winning in the mozzarella, fresh mozzarella and spreadable cheese categories of the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest.
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