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• Published reports in the Florida press note that Publix is scheduled to open its fist GreenWise Market in just 12 days. The GreenWise concept, which is the first of several stores scheduled to be opened that will expand on Publix’s successful GreenWise sections inside its traditional stores, will offer natural, organic and prepared foods as well as a “healthy lifestyle” concept that offers information and recipes on a n ongoing basis.

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) presented the 2007 Maximizing People Potential Award (MAXX Award) to Lund Food Holdings and Wegmans Food Markets, recognizing superior training and human resource programs.

Lund earned the award in the smaller company category (up to 4,000 employees) for an orientation program that reduced turnover among new employees from 56 percent to 39 percent in its first year. Wegmans was recognized in the larger company category (4001 or more employees) for its Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (WSC) Program.

The companies were honored this week at the FMI Human Resources/Training and Development Conference.
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