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December 27, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • NOLA's Circle Food Store set to reopen after Katrina damage
    The Circle Food Store in New Orleans' 7th Ward is set to be renovated and reopened after owner Dwayne Boudreaux raised $8 million. More than five feet of water flooded the store during Hurricane Katrina, and Boudreaux raised money from the state and the city's Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, among others, to fund the rehab. Groundbreaking is set for Jan. 14, and the store is expected to reopen at the end of next summer. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Turkey growing in popularity with consumers
    Sales of turkey and duck have grown 6.5% over this past year, according to research from Mintel. Overall, 38% report they are eating poultry more often. Mintel attributes the rise in turkey consumption on the popularity of Heritage turkeys. "However, if other poultry products, like turkey, want to continue their impressive growth and not just be seen as the festive centerpiece, they will need to provide the level of innovation that is being seen in the chicken parts segment," Mintel's John Frank said. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chinese appetite for protein spurs historic corn production
    Demand from China's middle class for more protein in their diet means the country will produce more corn than rough rice this year. That marks the first time in China's history that has happened, according to the U.S. Grains Council. The production has been spurred by a 300% growth in poultry demand and an 85% increase in pork demand by Chinese residents over the past 20 years. Wisconsin Ag Connection (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Monticello's closes Michigan store after 30 years
    After 30 years serving the Hancock, Mich., area, Monticello's grocery has closed. The store opened in 1893 and changed hands several times before Ted and Arlene Monticello bought it in 1983. "Finally we made up our decision this fall, and we decided that for the best for us for our age, we should have some good years ahead of us to do what we wanted to do," said Arlene Monticello. WLUC-TV (Negaunee, Mich.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • IPhone app targets food allergies
    A new iPhone application turns a smartphone into a lab to pinpoint foods that may cause allergic reactions. The iTube, invented by college professor Aydogan Ozcan, takes a picture of the food, then uses a tiny test tube to analyze a sample for the chemical makeup. The test takes about 20 minutes, but some are not convinced. "I definitely have concerns and skepticism and warnings for my patients who use any of these things. As far as I know, they are not accurate enough to rely on," said food allergist Scott Sicherer. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • BluePrint to expand juice unit after being acquired by Hain Celestial
    BluePrint has been acquired by Hain Celestial in a deal that should increase BluePrint's capacity to produce its high-pressure processed organic fruit and vegetable juices and juice cleanses. "Hain Celestial's commitment to supporting a healthy lifestyle is reflected in their portfolio of products, and they are the ideal partner with whom we can grow and expand the BluePrint brand," said BluePrint founders Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss. (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Concern about hunger
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