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• Supervalu announced yesterday that as part of its Earth Day celebration efforts, it is expanding its environmental sustainability program and making a commitment “to have 300 stores divert 90 percent or more of their waste from local landfills by the end of the current fiscal year (February 23, 2013).”

• Bottom Dollar Food is continuing its expansion efforts in the greater Philadelphia market with the opening of a new store this Friday, April 20, in Bordentown, N.J.

Delhaize-owned Bottom Dollar Food opened its first store in the greater Philadelphia market, which encompasses stores in New Jersey, on Oct. 8, 2010. The discount grocer currently has New Jersey locations in Cherry Hill, Clementon, Cinnaminson, Glassboro, Marlton, Trenton (Hamilton Township) and Turnersville.

USA Today reports that a coalition of consumer groups “sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday opposing a proposal by manufacturers to call high-fructose corn syrup ‘corn sugar’ instead. The coalition says consumers are against the name change by 100-to-1.”

The story goes on to say that “the Corn Refiners Association petitioned the FDA in 2010 to allow "corn sugar" as an alternate name to high-fructose corn syrup in mandatory ingredient lists on food packages. The petition said ‘many consumers are confused and misled by the ingredient name’ and mistakenly believe high fructose corn syrup is high in fructose compared with other sweeteners such as sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrates.”

• The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.) issued a statement by Peter J.Larkin, President and CEO, following the issuance of an injunction by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit blocking the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from requiring businesses to comply with the Board's employer posting requirement that was set to go into effect on April 30th, 2012.

It said, in part, that "N.G.A. applauds today's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to block the NLRB's employer posting rule while the Court has the opportunity to hear arguments on the appeal in September. This decision comes on the heels of another decision last Friday by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that ruled the NLRB overstepped its authority in promulgating the rule. These court rulings are a win for businesses and employees alike ... These rulings highlight the need to curtail the regulatory excess by the NLRB and is even more reason for the Senate and the House to stop the NLRB's actions through the Congressional Review Act by passing S.J. Res 36 and H.J. Res 103."
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