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January 11, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Kroger natural, organic brands get new look and name
    Kroger has changed the name of its Naturally Preferred brand to Simple Truth, and its Private Selection Organic brand to Simple Truth Organic. The private-label products, free of trans fats, aspartame, artificial preservatives and other ingredients, also have new packaging. Progressive Grocer (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SUPERVALU gets new chairman, CEO: Robert G. Miller, CEO of a group of Albertsons stores purchased by Cerberus, has been named chairman of SUPERVALU, following the Cerberus purchase of up to 30% of the grocery chain. Sam Duncan, who has led OfficeMax and ShopKo, has been named CEO. The Wall Street Journal/Deal Journal blog (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safeway passes volunteer milestone
    For a second consecutive year, Safeway employees in 2012 donated more than 1 million volunteer hours to their communities. In 2010, the company bolstered an already strong volunteer program, partnering with Volunteer Match, which helps track volunteer efforts, and recognizing employees who give substantial amounts of time. Progressive Grocer (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Expansion on tap for Lucky's Markets
    Lucky's Markets, founded in Boulder, Colo., 10 years ago, is planning to expand in the West and Midwest, according to its website. The retailer describes itself as a "full service grocery store providing the right balance of farm fresh produce at great prices along with mainstream, natural, organic and locally grown foods to meet the everyday needs of our customers." Supermarket News (free registration) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Wal-Mart funds Arkansas health initiative
    Wal-Mart said it will give $670,000 to the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative, which is aimed at containing costs and creating a more patient-centered health care system in the state. "It's critical that large, self-insured companies like Wal-Mart be involved in this complex work that has the potential to serve as a model for the rest of the nation," said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. Drug Store News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Tyson promo ties in with "Jack the Giant Slayer"
    Tyson is offering discounts on deli-purchased Tyson Chicken Tenders in a promotion linked to "Jack the Giant Slayer," a 3D Warner Bros. movie opening March 1. The promotion includes point-of-sale material and the chance for shoppers to win tickets to the family movie. GroceryHeadquarters.com (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Walgreens exec discusses mobile strategies
    Rich Lesperance, director of digital marketing and emerging media for Walgreens, said members of the 18-to-34 demographic are early digital adopters who "have a higher expectation that things will be mobile and social, and that our stores and website will be seamless and connected." One way the retailer is reaching them is with an application called Print Worthy, which lets users create a "social print" of a photo with comments from friends. eMarketer (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Microsoft Office 365 to boost Tesco's information flow
    Tesco is deploying Microsoft Office 365 to boost collaboration and communication among all workers, suppliers and colleagues. "Office 365 will enable us to be a fully connected organization that works closely together, proactively shares knowledge, motivates loyalty and retention of employees, and encourages better working practices to ensure that we create value for customers," said Chief Information Officer Mike McNamara. Progressive Grocer (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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