Prescott, Ariz., residents have enthusiastically adapted to the inclusion of glass in the town's recycling program and increased overall recycling by 1,000 tons in the first fiscal year when glass could be recycled. The glass expansion came at the behest of residents that have continually asked for glass recycling since the program was stopped in 2010.
Bashas' has partnered with Local First Arizona to promote and sell a variety of local products using an "Arizona-made" end-cap display in its Scottsdale store, as consumer demand for locally-made goods increases. A national survey found that 87% of consumers include locally-sourced food as a consideration when picking a primary grocer because shoppers "want to buy from a neighbor rather than someone overseas or even in a different state," according to Cameron Proudfoot, owner of G.B. Proudfoot's Natural Body Care, which is involved with the partnership.
Officials in Prescott, Ariz., decided to change the city's recycling program starting next month to one that includes glass recycling after residents complained about the lack of recycling options for glass. In addition to keeping tons of glass out of landfills, officials hope to eventually profit from the new program.
Franklin Foods will get a $150,000 state grant to buy equipment for a new dairy plant in Casa Grande, Ariz. The plant will produce a range of cream cheese products, including Greek cream cheese. The money comes from a rural economic development program run by the Arizona Commerce Authority.