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January 14, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Wegmans adds features to mobile app
    Wegmans Food Markets has updated its mobile application to include past-purchase data, more nutrition information and the ability to create and edit multiple shopping lists. The app also lets users e-mail a list to others with notes, organize a list by aisle and scan product codes. Progressive Grocer (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food companies are not expected to trim marketing
    With food prices expected to rise 3% to 5% this year, marketing budgets are expected to stay fairly stable, said analyst Erin Lash of Morningstar. "I haven't heard any companies discuss cutting marketing budgets at this time," she said. "From our perspective, investing behind product innovation and marketing support are essential to ensuring that brands stand out from other national players as well as private-label offerings." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Potato industry eyes growth
    Among U.S. consumers, 43% ate more potatoes last year than in 2011, according to research conducted by Datassential and released at Potato Expo 2013. "It's clear that consumers like potatoes; however, to a large degree, potatoes have been left behind in all the innovation in the foodservice industry," Datassential Director Maeve Webster said. "Potatoes can work well in a variety of ethnic dishes, and their popularity with consumers and potential profit margins should make them extremely appealing to operators." (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fresh Ideas 
  Supplier News 
  • Campbell launches contest for meal-planning app
    Campbell Soup is asking developers to submit Web and mobile applications through its Hack the Kitchen contest, with a grand prize of $25,000, plus a $25,000 contract to develop the app. "We want to make the entire dinner process easier -- from choosing what to eat and how to prepare it, incorporating pantry items and understanding the health benefits of various meal options," said Adam Kmiec, director of global digital marketing and social media. "We are hoping to see ideas that incorporate these key elements." Mashable (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Milton Hershey "knew the future was chocolate"
    Milton Snavely Hershey had already found success with milk-infused caramel in the 1880s, but by the turn of the century, he "knew the future was chocolate," biographer Michael D’Antonio said. Hershey traveled to Switzerland to study chocolate making and in 1900 released the first Hershey bar, with a 5-cent price tag and the slogan "More sustaining than meat." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs  
  • Single-serve water bottles are banned in Concord, Mass.
    On Jan. 1, Concord, Mass., became the first U.S. city to ban sales of single-serve plastic water bottles. The ban, the result of a campaign by 84-year-old resident Jean Hill, "deprives residents of the option to choose their choice of beverage and visitors, who come to this birthplace of American independence, a basic freedom gifted to them by the actions in this town more than 200 years ago," according to the International Bottled Water Association. Bulletin blog (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • One week away: Midwinter Executive Conference
    Can't attend the event? Attend from your desk by following @FMI_ORG on Twitter with hashtag #mw2013. Get live updates on sessions, the Midwinter Executive Awards, photos and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Wal-Mart names new chief for Latin America
    Wal-Mart Stores has promoted executive Enrique Ostale to president and CEO for Latin America, effective March 1, upon the retirement of Eduardo Solorzano. Ostale joined the company when Wal-Mart acquired Chilean supermarket operator Distribucion y Servicio in 2009 and heads Wal-Mart's operations in Chile. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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