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November 13, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Piggly Wiggly Midwest forms Farmer's Market Place
    Piggly Wiggly Midwest is creating a banner named Farmer's Market Place, with the first store set to open April 1 in Grayslake, Wis. A Piggly Wiggly store will be converted to the concept, which will have a large selection of international food and an expanded produce section. Supermarket News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report shares opportunities to woo younger shoppers
    Shoppers ages 16 to 34 tend to have strong brand preferences and share their opinions across generational lines, according to a report by The Boston Consulting Group. To win over this age group, retailers can hold in-store events and forums that use social media. Progressive Grocer (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Karns will put eighth store in Pa. township
    A Karns Quality Foods store is expected to open by spring in North Middleton Township, Pa. The site was occupied by Nell's Shurfine before it closed in September. The Karns store will be the chain's eighth, with features including an expanded produce section, a full-service meat department and self-checkout. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Chicago creates wellness program with Coca-Cola grant
    Chicago is using a $3 million grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation to create the Park Families Wellness Initiative, which will provide exercise classes and nutrition education. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said fitness classes will employ about 60 military veterans and will instill personal responsibility about obesity. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A path toward healthier doughnuts
    Doughnuts made with green-coffee or green-tea extract contain more antioxidants and less acrylamide, according to research published in Food Research International. The study indicates that a specific level of extract is needed to reduce the suspected carcinogen. (France) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • SodaStream will indeed have a V8
    SodaStream International's carbonated-beverage system will add V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion drinks under a deal with Campbell Soup. "Creating V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion products through the popular SodaStream carbonated-beverage system gives people another way to enjoy their favorite V8 beverages and brings new growth for Campbell's beverage business," said Michael Barkley, Campbell's vice president and general manager of beverages. Drinks Business Review (11/13), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Gillette gives Movember mustache a twirl
    Procter & Gamble's Gillette brand is embracing Movember, a movement encouraging men to grow a mustache during November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. The company is promoting the Fusion ProGlide Styler, which trims facial hair, and has added a virtual mustache to Mr. Clean, the normally clean-shaven icon of the P&G brand. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Consumers are still skeptical about digital advertising
    Most marketers now believe digital advertising to be more effective than TV ads -- but consumers apparently didn't get the memo. A recent survey found that two-thirds of consumers felt TV ads were more effective, and about the same proportion said they would prefer to receive ads in either print or broadcast formats rather than online. eMarketer (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Call for nominations: Celebrate your store manager
    FMI's annual Store Manager Awards are open for nomination! The program, in its 12th consecutive year, awards managers' success in generating sales growth, providing great customer service, attaining company goals and serving the community. For a list of past winners and to nominate someone, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Tesco meat, fish and poultry get upgrade
    Tesco has added products and reformulated fish, poultry and meat offerings, changing packaging and in-store signs to reflect the change. For example, hamburgers and sausages contain 90% meat, instead of 86%, and the chicken line has become low fat. Food Business Review (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety and Security 
  Daily Quote 
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear -- fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety."
--H.L. Mencken,
American journalist and essayist

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