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January 23, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
 
  • Wegmans plans menu-sampling day
    On Saturday, Wegmans Food Markets customers can sample items featured in the winter issue of Wegmans Menu magazine and vote for the best dish to serve a crowd. Stores will have sampling stations and will give coupons for ingredients in the dishes. Progressive Grocer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sam's Club taps Workman for healthful recipes
    Katie Workman, author of "The Mom 100 Cookbook," has developed three recipes for Sam's Club: Brussels sprouts with mustard and bacon vinaigrette, citrus-marinated salmon and sweet potato pie. The recipes were created as part of the retailer's Simply Delicious Chef Brigade, which is in its second year and provides recipes from widely known chefs and cookbook authors. Progressive Grocer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FMI conference panelists talk shopper experience
    Panelists at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference discussed the importance of creating consumer experience based on the person's needs. "We are creating more occasion- and theme-based marketing, involving partnering between marketing and merchandising groups," said Diane Dietz, Safeway's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "We need to start with the consumer's needs and solve those, as opposed to starting with internal departments." Supermarket News (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Marketers warm up for Super Bowl
    Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch InBev are among marketers that are paying millions to advertise during the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Social media are playing an increasing role in the event, with Coca-Cola using them to promote a 60-second ad that will show early in the game. Viewers can vote for one of three teams involved in the "Coke Chase," and the result will appear in an ad right after the game. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Older consumers are dining out more, report says
    An NPD Group report shows a decline in restaurant visits by millennials, while people in their 50s and older are eating out more. The report says many marketers focus on younger customers, but older customers can be reached by "recognizing what it is they want from their restaurant experiences." Progressive Grocer (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Study: Children who spend more time at dinner table weigh less
    Children who eat with their families for more than 20 minutes four times a week have lower body weight than those who leave the dinner table after 15 to 17 minutes, according to a study in Economics and Human Biology. The results suggest that communication and scheduled meal times play key roles in children's weight, researchers say. MedicalDaily.com (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beta carotene might curb type 2 diabetes risk
    A study in Human Genetics says beta carotene might reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in people with the gene variant SLC30A4, which is linked to an increased risk of the disease. Meanwhile, gamma tocopherol might increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in this group. Further studies are under way on the substances. EverydayHealth.com (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Coke anti-obesity ads are good start but need tweaking
    Two-minute anti-obesity commercials being aired by Coca-Cola are admirable for tackling the contentious issue but can be improved, writes Jonathan Salem Baskin, president of Baskin Associates. The company should tell viewers to drink less soda and should stop pretending that calories from soft drinks are the same as calories from more nutritious fare, he contends. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Food retailers decry excess regulation
    Food retailers at the FMI Midwinter Executive Conference said the industry has a history of improving food safety and addressing obesity without federal legislation. "We're an industry that's been forever providing food in the most effective way," AG Supermarket Holdings CEO Judy Spires said. "Yet we feel under attack." Supermarket News (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • FMI announces recipients of Wegman, Albers and Hoover awards
    Congrats to these food-retail leaders for their inspiring work in the industry.
    • Norman Mayne of Dorothy Lane Market for the Robert B. Wegman Award for entrepreneurial excellence.
    • Al Plamann of Unified Grocers for the Herbert Hoover Award for humanitarian efforts.
    • Joe Burke of Coca-Cola Refreshments for the William H. Albers Award for trading-partner relations.
    To read more about the award winners, visit FMI.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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