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January 4, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Program helps shoppers get Healthy at H-E-B
    H.E. Butt Grocery has launched nutrition shelf tags and a newsletter with recipes and coupons as part of Healthy at H-E-B, an initiative that promotes healthful living. "We want to make it as easy as possible for customers to learn about healthy habits, encourage them to try new things and to start cooking at home more often," Vice President of Communication and Engagement Kate Rogers said. "I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the taste of these recipes our dietitians have created." Progressive Grocer (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart names international format leader
    Lev Khasis, who joined Wal-Mart in 2011, has been tapped for the new post of president and CEO of new formats for Wal-Mart International. “Lev has a track record of developing innovative formats, and he will now focus on developing new concepts that can be deployed across our markets to provide future growth,” said spokesman Kevin Gardner. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Last Porricelli's closes its doors
    The final Porricelli's Market store has closed, and assets were turned over to creditors, after the chain sold its Old Greenwich, Conn., location to Kings Super Markets in late 2012. "Despite our best efforts over the past six months, we have reached the conclusion that we can no longer continue to operate the store," President Jerry Porricelli said. Supermarket News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Drought adds to fish-farm woes
    Fish farms in the U.S., already struggling to compete globally, were pinched by drought and high temperatures last year that curtailed production and increased costs. Farmers were pumping cool water into ponds to counteract slowing fish metabolism caused by warmer water. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • "Advergames" for fruit don't entice children to eat healthfully
    Children who played online "advergames" that promoted fruit eating ended up consuming more calories after gaming, but not more fruit, compared with children who didn't play, according to a Dutch study. Researchers say such games might promote hunger but not specifically for the featured food. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Unilever sells Skippy to Hormel
    Hormel is paying $700 million to acquire the Skippy peanut butter business from Unilever. The deal includes factories in Little Rock, Ark., and in China, where Skippy is the top peanut butter brand. The Wall Street Journal (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jingos! cracker debuts from Pepperidge Farm
    Pepperidge Farm has introduce Jingos!, a snack cracker that comes in Lime & Sweet Chili, Parmesan Garlic and Fiesta Cheddar flavors. The launch is being promoted by consumer ambassadors, who are creating interest on social media. CSP (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Mobile-ad spending soars in U.S.
    The U.S. leads the world in mobile-ad growth, with search and display spending up 220% in 2012, according to an eMarketer analysis. Globally, mobile-ad spending reached $8.41 billion, compared with slightly more than $4 billion in 2011. eMarketer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Friday Fact: Simplicity is key to customers' primary-store selection
    Convenient location, simple to shop and "easy in, easy out" all ranked high as wants for consumers when choosing a primary store. Find more about consumer shopping preference by downloading the free U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012 Executive Summary. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • USDA confirms elimination of produce-testing program
    An official from the USDA confirmed the elimination of the Microbiological Data Program, which performed 80% of produce testing for salmonella, listeria and other pathogens. The produce industry says the program did not boost public health because most of its recalls were declared after produce had been eaten or after its expiration date. (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Georges-Louis Leclerc Comte de Buffon,
French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist and encyclopedic author

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