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April 9, 2014

Procter & Gamble has declared a commitment to no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain by improving practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests, the company announced on Tuesday.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has declared a commitment to no deforestation in its palm oil supply chain by improving practices with all its suppliers, including small local farmers, to ensure protection of forests, the company announced on Tuesday.

According to P&G, it uses very little actual palm oil in its products, but derivatives and by-products of palm oil are found in a variety of its beauty and household care products, such as detergents, shampoos, hand and body cleansers, bar soaps and color cosmetics.

March 25, 2014

Safeway on Monday announced it has been named one of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Monday announced it has been named one of the 2014 World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. This is the fourth time and third consecutive year that Safeway has been recognized by Ethisphere for its commitment to maintaining superior business practices. Safeway is the only U.S. large retailer to receive this distinction. 

March 12, 2014

Ahold USA announced that its private-label teas now feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, and that its private-label coffees are UTZ Certified. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to be a responsible retailer, the company said.

CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA announced that its private-label teas now feature the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal, and that its private-label coffees are UTZ Certified. The announcement is part of an ongoing effort to be a responsible retailer, the company said.

March 12, 2014

Grocer H-E-B has introduced in March its own line of organic products that focus on everyday pantry staples such as canned tomatoes and vegetables, cereal, crackers, fruit and specialty spreads and coffee.

SAN ANTONIO — Grocer H-E-B has introduced in March its own line of organic products that focus on everyday pantry staples such as canned tomatoes and vegetables, cereal, crackers, fruit and specialty spreads and coffee.

The new H-E-B Organics line, which also includes items throughout the produce and market departments like cheese and various beef products, is USDA-certified organic, which prohibits the use of GMOs.

January 9, 2014

How retailers are investing in and addressing sustainability and how manufacturers are adjusting is the focus of a new video report on PLMALive.

NEW YORK — How retailers are investing in and addressing sustainability and how manufacturers are adjusting is the focus of a new video report on PLMALive.

Looking to address sustainability, retailers have generally been developing programs aimed at four different categories: products and supply chains, recycle and waste management, energy improvement, and design and construction.
    

October 11, 2013

Organic Doctor, a naturally inspired skin care line in the U.K., is now available exclusively at Vitamin World stores in the U.S. — marking the first time that the retailer has carried a line of personal care items.

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. — Organic Doctor, a naturally inspired skin care line in the U.K., is now available exclusively at Vitamin World stores in the U.S. — marking the first time that the retailer has carried a line of personal care items.  

The brand's lineup includes organic extract led ranges that are now available at more than 400 Vitamin World stores nationwide and on the Vitamin World website. Suggested product prices range from $5.49 to $24.99.

September 27, 2013

Kroger on Friday announced its inaugural listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America.

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. on Friday announced its inaugural listing on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Index-North America tracks the economic, environmental and social sustainability performance of the top 20% of the 600 largest North America-based companies in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index.

August 8, 2013

Anti-aging skin care brand Algenist has announced that its new product, Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, is now available internationally on store shelves at Sephora.

SAN FRANCISCO — Anti-aging skin care brand Algenist has announced that its new product, Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil, is now available internationally on store shelves at Sephora.

According to the company, the anti-aging serum is the first commercial product to feature Solazyme’s Microalgae Oil. The patent-pending advanced Microalgae Oil was developed by Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company. In addition to Sephora and Sephora inside jcpenney, the new product can be found at Space NK, QVC, Sephora.com and Algenist.com.

July 19, 2013

For the second year in a row, online grocer Peapod is working with a Wisconsin farm to deliver organic and heirloom vegetables to customers in the Chicago area.

NEW YORK — For the second year in a row, online grocer Peapod is working with a Wisconsin farm to deliver organic and heirloom vegetables to customers in the Chicago area.

Peapod, owned by Ahold USA, said customers could order local farm boxes from Viroqua, Wis.-based Harvest Moon Farms and have them delivered to their homes or scheduled for pickup at nearby pickup locations in the Illinois towns of Deerfield, Palatine and Lincolnshire. Produce includes beans, beets, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens and heirloom tomatoes.

June 13, 2013

Garnier, a subsidiary of L'Oréal USA, in partnership with TerraCycle and GrowNYC, announced the groundbreaking of the Garnier Green Garden — the first community garden made from non-recyclable post-consumer beauty waste.

NEW YORK— Garnier, a subsidiary of L'Oréal USA, in partnership with TerraCycle and GrowNYC, announced the groundbreaking of the Garnier Green Garden — the first community garden made from non-recyclable post-consumer beauty waste. The announcement is part of a long-term goal for Garnier to find greener, more sustainable solutions for beauty care products.

June 7, 2013

Target is offering new natural and organic food products as part of its Simply Balanced private label, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Target is offering new natural and organic food products as part of its Simply Balanced private label, according to published reports.

The Associated Press reported that the line would start with such products as drinks and snacks, and was an outgrowth of similar products sold under the Archer Farms label. 

May 15, 2013

Kroger on Wednesday unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif.

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Wednesday unveiled a clean energy production system that will convert food that cannot be sold or donated into clean energy to help power its Ralphs/Food 4 Less distribution center in Compton, Calif.

April 22, 2013

Giant Food of Landover, Md., is one of several retailers promoting environmental awareness as part of Earth Day, the Ahold USA-owned retailer said.

LANDOVER, Md. — Giant Food of Landover, Md., is one of several retailers promoting environmental awareness as part of Earth Day Monday, the Ahold USA-owned retailer said.

April 18, 2013

Stop & Shop is marking Earth Day on Monday by emphasizing the measures it has taken to reduce its effects on the environment, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop is marking Earth Day on Monday by emphasizing the measures it has taken to reduce its effects on the environment, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket banner said.

Stop & Shop highlighted its efforts to sell sustainably sourced seafood, reducing the environmental effects of its store operations — including adding environmentally friendly design features to stores — and helping customers reduce waste. The chain reiterated its intention to reduce its carbon footprint by 20% by 2015.

April 15, 2013

A majority of surveyed adults in the United States regards organic as an excuse to charge more for food, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — A majority of surveyed adults in the United States regards organic as an excuse to charge more for food, according to a new study.

The March Harris Poll of 2,276 adults found that those expressing concern for the environment grew from 31% last year to 38% this year, but 59% of respondents saw labeling foods and other products as organic was an excuse to charge more.

April 9, 2013

Customers who recycle bottles and cans with deposit values at Greenback Redemption Centers in Hannaford supermarkets in New York state will have the option of donating the money to local charities.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Customers who recycle bottles and cans with deposit values at Greenback Redemption Centers in Hannaford supermarkets in New York state will have the option of donating the money to local charities.

April 5, 2013

A study conducted in mid-January by the Organic Trade Association shows U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products when they shop. The study also showed increased trust in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic seal to properly label organic products.

WASHINGTON — A study conducted in mid-January by the Organic Trade Association shows U.S. families are increasingly embracing organic products when they shop. The study also showed increased trust in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic seal to properly label organic products.

"More and more parents choose organic foods primarily because of their desire to provide healthful options for their children," said Christine Bushway, OTA's CEO and executive director.

March 7, 2013

Walgreens on Thursday announced plans to build what the company believes will be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store, which engineers predict will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens on Thursday announced plans to build what the company believes will be the nation’s first net-zero energy retail store, which engineers predict will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.  

December 13, 2012

Kashi, the natural food and lifestyle company, has introduced two USDA Certified organic cereals — Kashi Berry Fruitful and Kashi Black Berry Hills, both of which combine real organic fruit and whole grains.

LA JOLLA, Calif. — Kashi, the natural food and lifestyle company, has introduced two USDA Certified organic cereals — Kashi Berry Fruitful and Kashi Blackberry Hills, both of which combine real organic fruit and whole grains.

Berry Fruitful features shredded wheat biscuits with a berry filling made with real, organic fruit, including Concord grapes, apples, raspberries and strawberries. Blackberry Hills pairs organic whole grain rice and wheat flakes with tangy organic blackberries.

November 9, 2012

Arrowhead Brand 100% Natural Spring Water on Thursday announced that in December, it will launch the .5 L ReBorn bottle in California.

LOS ANGELES – Arrowhead Brand 100% Natural Spring Water on Thursday announced the launch of the .5 L ReBorn bottle in California.

The .5L ReBorn bottle is made of 50% recycled plastic (i.e., rPET), which requires 15% less energy to produce than bottles made from all-new materials. Additionally, bottles made of rPET can be continually recycled and reused.

September 27, 2012

The company behind Soap.com has debuted an online shopping destination for natural, organic and sustainable products.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The company behind Soap.com has debuted an online shopping destination for natural, organic and sustainable products.

July 17, 2012

In an effort to curb vehicle air pollution, Manhattan-based retailer Duane Reade, which is owned by Walgreens, has teamed up with Mission Electric to create a public outreach campaign to determine which of its stores should be served solely by electric trucks.

NEW YORK — In an effort to curb vehicle air pollution, Manhattan-based retailer Duane Reade, which is owned by Walgreens, has teamed up with Mission Electric to create a public outreach campaign to determine which of its stores should be served solely by electric trucks.

May 29, 2012

Procter & Gamble has announced that former EPA assistant administrator Steve Owens is the newest member of the company's U.S. sustainability expert advisory panel.

CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble has announced that former EPA assistant administrator Steve Owens is the newest member of the company's U.S. sustainability expert advisory panel.

Owens, who joined his first SEAP meeting earlier this month in Cincinnati, brings a strong background in environmental, safety and health issues to the panel, P&G said.

May 21, 2012

Kimberly-Clark has highlighted its progress toward achieving its 2015 sustainability goals.

DALLAS — Kimberly-Clark has highlighted its progress toward achieving its 2015 sustainability goals.

Kimberly-Clark's 2011 sustainability report, the company's ninth sustainability report, is structured around the company's Sustainability 2015 strategy framework of people, planet and products introduced last year. Some of the highlights recorded in this year's report included:

  • Sourced 99.9% of its fiber from suppliers certified by sustainable forestry practices;

April 27, 2012

Meijer is launching a program that it said was designed to ensure that its seafood suppliers follow sustainability guidelines, the company said.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer is launching a program that it said was designed to ensure that its seafood suppliers follow sustainability guidelines, the company said.

The mass merchandise retail chain announced that it would require suppliers to follow guidelines for farmed and wild-caught seafood; most of the seafood the chain sells comes from farms, as is the case with most of the industry, the company said.