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November 21, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Safeway emphasizes support for Reserve and Guard
    Safeway has again signed a statement of support for employees who are in the Reserve or the National Guard. "We are honored to reaffirm Safeway's support for our employees in the National Guard and Reserve," CEO and Chairman Steve Burd said. "No other public service could be more important than providing support to our men and women in uniform." Drug Store News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EPA honors ShopRite store in N.Y.
    A ShopRite store in Selden, N.Y., was recognized for its sustainable cooling system with GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership silver certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. The store, which opened in October, uses a custom refrigeration system that monitors temperature and uses off-peak energy scheduling. Supermarket News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend-Spotter 
  • Food banks get turkeys from ShopRite and Giant of Maryland
    ShopRite donated 100,000 pounds of turkey to food banks in the Northeast, where a need for fresh and healthy food is heightened in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. Giant of Maryland gave 5,000 turkeys to the Capital Area Food Bank and other Feeding America locations in the Mid-Atlantic. Progressive Grocer (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows how consumers balance price, quality in wine choices
    Researchers studying how consumers choose wine are finding that consumers use a variety of strategies when assessing price versus quality. If ads remind consumers of value, they may choose a less expensive wine, but if the marketing focus is on quality, the more expensive wine becomes the preferred choice. Drug Store News (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: 80% will spend same or more for holiday meals
    In a survey, 80% of shoppers said they will spend the same amount as last year or more during the holiday season, including Thanksgiving and Christmas. "Shoppers are realistic. They may have bigger expenses, may have less income, but they want the holiday season to be special," said John Ross, president of Inmar Analytics. "Increasingly, they are turning to technology like their mobile phone to help them keep the season bright." Progressive Grocer (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • Private-label produce posts sales gain
    Sales of private-label fresh produce increased 5.1% in the year that ended Aug. 4 compared with the same period in 2011, according to Ready Pac. Meanwhile, branded sales climbed 3.1%. For value-added produce, private-label sales expanded 10%, while branded sales declined 3%. Fruitnet.com (U.K.) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Stop & Shop walks and partnerships support cancer awareness
    Stop & Shop Supermarket raised more than $250,000 during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month through initiatives including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks and partnerships with Own Brands, Procter & Gamble and General Mills. "The progress we're making, thanks to our customers, vendors and associates, is nothing short of remarkable," Public and Communications Manager Arlene Putterman said. Progressive Grocer (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RD: Don't limit these foods to Thanksgiving
    Registered dietitian Amy Moore is promoting the value of eating traditional Thanksgiving foods all year long. Turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries and vegetables are all healthful foods, Moore says, and even pecan, pumpkin and apple pies are rich in fiber and antioxidants. United Press International (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Fluff-maker gets gooey over holiday casseroles
    Thanksgiving is important to Durkee-Mower, maker of Fluff, a marshmallow spread that is a popular addition to sweet-potato casseroles. "This time of the year, we're selling it faster than we can make it," said Jonathan Durkee, treasurer of the company founded by his grandfather in 1920. The Wall Street Journal (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • FMI wants to know: How are you involved in your community?
    Retailers give back to the community in a multitude of ways, and FMI want to celebrate that with the re-instituted Community Outreach Awards. Nominate yours to win a donation to enhance the program at FMI.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In what category is your supermarket most active in the community?
    Food insecurity (food banks, food donations)  51.43%
    All of the above  31.43%
    Health improvement (sponsored runs/walks, blood drives, nutrition education)  8.57%
    Youth development (job training, mentoring, tutoring)  8.57%
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  Editor's Note 
  • The dailyLead will not publish Thursday and Friday
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., the dailyLead will not be published Thursday and Friday. Publication will resume Monday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."
--Thornton Wilder,
American playwright and novelist


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