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February 6, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Kroger selects Central Division president
    Jeff Burt, who joined Kroger in 1986 and has been vice president of perishables, merchandising and procurement since 2010, has been named president of the Central Division, succeeding Bob Moeder, who is retiring. Burt's "enthusiasm, keen sense of the customer and experience in merchandising and operations will be tremendous assets to the Central Division team," President and Chief Operating Officer Rodney McMullen said. Progressive Grocer (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spartan adds messaging at checkout
    Conveyor belts at Spartan Stores checkout have an anti-microbial wrap that is printed with graphics and messages. MessageWrap, created by Handstand Innovations, promotes Spartan's loyalty rewards, pharmacy services and price-freeze promotion. Progressive Grocer (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Peanut Butter & Co. Launches National Advertising Campaign Prepare to be amazed! Peanut Butter & Co. kicks off its first-ever national advertising campaign that invites consumers to "Taste Amazing." The company is airing a series of three TV commercials that encourage consumers to go beyond smooth and crunchy and step into Peanut Butter & Co.'s exciting world of flavor with Dark Chocolate Dreams, The Bee's Knees, and more.
  • Collaboration aims for transportation efficiency
    FMI, GMA and the Consumer Goods Forum are working on the Collaborative Logistics Benefits & Feasibility Assessment to find ways to reduce transportation miles. Retailers Brookshire Grocery, Meijer, Wegmans Food Markets and Price Chopper Supermarkets also are part of the group. Chainalytics is analyzing transportation data to find overlap. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • Shoppers can save with store-brand organics
    Many retailers sell private-label organic products, often at considerable savings for consumers. "It's an own-brand product, so we don't have to go to another vendor or a third-party vendor," H.E. Butt Grocery spokeswoman Cyndy Garza said. "Specifically milk -- we have our own milk plant, so it's produced here in Houston." KTRK-TV (Houston) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  Supplier News 
  • Coke recognizes Super Bowl win with Ravens cans
    Limited-edition Coke and Coke Zero cans with the Baltimore Ravens logo have been released to celebrate the team's Super Bowl win. "With this special celebratory packaging, we're raising a congratulatory toast to the Baltimore Ravens, their staff and the loyal members of Ravens Nation to salute this exciting football season," said Brendan Walshe, vice president of sales in Maryland at Coca-Cola Refreshments. American City Business Journals/Atlanta (2/5), CSP (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dove Men+Care adds products for face care
    Unilever brand Dove Men+Care has introduced a face-care line, with products for cleaning, shaving and moisturizing. The line is available for different skin types, including Hydrate+, Sensitive+ and Revitalize+. Drug Store News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Cyberattack focused on payment data hits Bashas'
    Bashas' Supermarkets says it is cooperating with authorities after a cyberattack targeted at customers' payment information. "The malware has been identified and contained ... However, we are strongly encouraging all of our customers to closely monitor their debit and credit card transactions and to report any unusual activity," spokeswoman Kristy Jozwiak said. Progressive Grocer (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Since 2005, dollar stores have expanded 23%
    According to FMI's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012 report, this format has added more than 3,000 stores since 2005. Learn more about dollar-store thinking and innovation from FMI's 2013 Midwinter Executive Conference by viewing a Deloitte study. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Since 2005, how much have dollar stores expanded in the U.S.?
    43%  49.45%
    53%  41.71%
    33%  7.46%
    23%  1.38%
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--Herman Melville,
American writer and poet

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