100TH ALASKAN SALMON PRODUCT ECO-CERTIFIED
cil announced the 100th Alaska salmon product to begin carrying the MSC's approved eco-label, an identifying sign found on products that meet strict environmental standards that promote sustainable and well-managed seafoods. The product is a new Alaska sockeye salmon burger created by Wildcatch and carried in supermarkets across the country. Introduced three years ago, the MSC program helps consumers choose seafood products that have not been overfished or harvested in ways that harm the marine environment. Whole Foods Market became the first American retailer to promote eco-labeled Alaska salmon products, and continues to highlight its growing line of MSC-certified seafood products, officials said.
SPARTAN INKS SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH SHERWOOD
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores announced a new agreement with Detroit-based Sherwood Food Distributors to begin supplying the independent meat distributor with certain deli and bakery products. According to officials, the pact expands the products Sherwood will distribute to the nationwide base of Kmart Supercenters and is expected to generate incremental annual sales for Spartan Stores of approximately $18 million. Craig C. Sturken, Spartan's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said the agreement reflects the company's plan to "aggressively pursue incremental distribution sales." Spartan, with warehouse facilities in Grand Rapids and Plymouth, Mich., distributes more than 40,000 products to 330 independent grocery stores in Michigan, and owns and operates 54 retail supermarkets and 21 deep-discount drug stores in Michigan and Ohio. Sherwood serves nearly half of the United States from three distribution centers in the Midwest.