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• The Democrat & Chronicle reports that Wegmans pledged a donation - 50 cents for each pound of plastic above 177,000 pounds, with a minimum of $10,000 - to the Nature Conservancy based on how many extra plastic bags customers return to its stores this month.

The move is part of a broader campaign by Wegmans to increase recycling of disposal plastic bags.


• Safeway said yesterday that it has completed the distribution to its stockholders of 37,838,709 shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk Networks Holdings, Inc. the gift card distribution company owned by Safeway. After the completion of the distribution, Safeway no longer owns any shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk.
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