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• Hy-Vee announced that it “is celebrating Earth Day this week with the launch of two initiatives that underscore its commitment to sustainability as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

“Hy-Vee 360, a new website devoted to sustainability and healthy living, provides customers and the public with a behind-the-scenes look at Hy-Vee's efforts to become a greener company. The latest of these efforts is Hy-Vee's partnership with FishWise, a non-profit organization that helps retailers develop and implement sustainable seafood policies.”

• The Los Angeles Times reports that Burger King pledged yesterday that it will switch to only cage-free eggs and pork.

According to the story, the fast feeder “said it would phase out cages for its chickens and gestation crates for breeding pigs by 2017 – making its pledge among the most sweeping of many such vows made recently by competitors such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
Changes in animal welfare practices have swept the food service and supply industries in recent months, as undercover investigations by animal rights activists and concessions from major companies created a domino effect.”

CNN reports that Costco has begun selling mortgages, “rolling out a full-service mortgage lending program on its website in partnership with First Choice Bank, a New Jersey-based community bank, and 10 other lenders.

“Costco's partners have issued more than 10,000 mortgages to members under the program. But Lauren Kutschka, Costco's manager of financial services, expects that number to swell as the warehouse retailer markets the service more aggressively to millions of members.”
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