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Stop & Shop recalls squash

November
25

The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. announced a product recall that could affect customers who have purchased Thanksgiving meals from the grocery chain.

Stop & Shop, one of the largest supermarket operators in the Lower Hudson Valley, said that the recall affects 24-ounce butternut squash sides that are packaged with the chain’s prepared turkey and ham holiday dinners.

Stop & Shop said that it took action after its vendor, Simmering Soup Inc., recalled the product because of “an undeclared egg allergen and quality concerns.”

“The recall applies only to butternut squash that comes as part of the packaged holiday dinners and not to squash sold in the prepared foods department,” Stop & Shop said in a written statement. “To date, no illnesses have been reported due to the recalled product.”

Customers who have already taken their holiday meals home should throw away the two containers of squash and return to the store for a $12 refund to allow them to purchase an alternative side dish of their choice, the company said.

“Customers who have not yet picked up their meals may do so as planned — the squash will be removed, and the price of the meal will be reduced by $12,” Stop & Shop added. “No other items in the meals are being recalled besides the squash, and customers are asked not to return the entire meal.”

If customers have questions, they can call the company at 1-800-767-7772. The Stop & Shop call center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
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Military buys IBM supercomputer

July
10

The U.S. Department of Defense bought a supercomputer from IBM Corp. to provide improved weather forecasting and ocean modeling for naval ships.

The supercomputer, a Power 575 Hydro-Cluster, is one of the most powerful computer systems used by the military and is designed to help users tackle some of the world’s most challenging problems in energy, aerospace and weather modeling.

The supercomputer will be housed at a naval research center at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi that supports the research of more than 1,000 scientists and engineers nationally.

“This system will enhance (Defense Department) research efforts and significantly enhance the ability to perform detailed oceanographic modeling and weather forecasting that will help keep the naval fleet and commercial shippers out of harm’s way,” said Dave Turek, vice president of deep computing for Armonk-based IBM.

The supercomputer is powered by one of the world’s fastest microprocessors and is cooled by a water system that boosts energy efficiency, according to IBM.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Thursday, July 10th, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
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IBM tool tracks carbon impact

May
22

IBM Corp. of Armonk has a new tool that allows organizations to analyze and manage the impact that their supply chains have on the environment. Called the Carbon Tradeoff Modeler, the system tracks carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing and distribution operations.
The tool allows businesses to study how different package sizes and packaging materials, transportation modes, and inventory policies affect both cost and carbon dioxide emissions. It can also evaluate the effect of alternative policies on those measurements.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
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Prestige Brands earnings rise 24 percent

May
15

Prestige Brands Holdings Inc. reported net income rose in the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, which ended March 31, to $10.4 million, up 24 percent from the $8.4 million it reported a year ago.

On a per-share basis, the Irvington-based maker of familiar household products reported it earned 21 cents a share, compared to 17 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.

Revenues, Prestige Brands said, rose to $80.4 million, up 3 percent from $78 million a year ago.

The revenue increase was driven by improved sales of the company’s over-the-counter health care and household products segments, said Prestige, whose products include Comet cleanser, Compound W wart remover and Prell shampoo.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
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