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January 7, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Weis begins new round of prize freezes
    Weis Markets is holding prices for 90 days on more than 2,000 name-brand and private-label products in its 10th price-freeze promotion. "With price inflation on food expected to continue in 2013, we hope to help mitigate the impact on our customers with our Price Freeze program, allowing our customers to enjoy long-term value on everyday items," said Kurt Schertle, sales and merchandising executive vice president. Progressive Grocer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Training brings new focus to A&P seafood departments
    A&P has revamped its seafood departments, launching a logo with the motto, "So Fresh, So Healthy and So Easy" and focusing on service and product knowledge. "Each associate knows how to clean, season and steam orders for the customers and they also have in-depth product knowledge about all the different seafood that we're offering and how to prepare them and they also know some recipes to provide to the customers," said communications manager Joanne Fischetti. Supermarket News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Target promotes groceries in national campaign
    Target, which has been expanding grocery sections in many stores, has launched a national campaign highlighting products such as muffin mixes and laundry detergents. The ads take a humorous approach, showing fashion models interacting with the products, with one model in a white dress and high heels, for example, crushing an egg in her hand as bakery mixes explode in a riot of colors. CBS MoneyWatch/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Traditional grocers pinched by hourglass landscape
    The grocery marketplace now resembles an hourglass, with growth at the high-end top and the value-focused bottom, leaving traditional grocers like Safeway and SUPERVALU in the pinched middle. To combat this change, grocers must offer new experiences and formats, and many are responding with eat-in cafes, drive-through pharmacies and other amenities. Progressive Grocer (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fresh Ideas 
  • Hector's Honey takes a natural approach
    Hector Alvarez, founder of Hector's Honey in Fulton, Calif., is a third-generation beekeeper who teaches others how to produce honey with minimal pesticide exposure. He sells his honey, which has taken top prizes at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, at farmers' markets and Whole Foods stores. The Wall Street Journal (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Free health screenings on tap at Sam's Club
    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 12, all Sam's Club stores with pharmacies are giving free screenings for vision, glucose, body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol. "By offering free health and vision screenings now, Sam's Club will help our communities assess the current status of their health and set realistic goals for 2013 and beyond," said Jill Turner-Mitchael, senior vice president for health and wellness. Drug Store News (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Poll: Most people against restricting, taxing unhealthy foods
    One-third of about 1,000 people responding to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll said the government should be deeply involved in reducing obesity rates, while about the same number said it should have little or no role. Data showed three-quarters of respondents were against restricting purchases of unhealthy foods and about 6 in 10 opposed taxing them, but 8 in 10 supported requiring more physical activity in schools and offering nutrition guidelines to consumers. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Wrestling star gets in the ring with Post cereal
    Boxes of Post's Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles cereals feature a cartoon rendition of WWE wrestling star John Cena as the boxes move away from their focus on the Flintstones characters. "Fred isn't necessarily the … coolest or [most] relevant guy for kids who we are going after," said marketing director Sharon Pupel of the Flintstones patriarch. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern: FTC Green Guides Webinar
    Confused by the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing? Join the FMI hosted webinar on January 8 at 11 a.m. Eastern on general environmental benefit claims, certifications and seals and more. Learn more and register at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • FDA moves forward with food safety proposals
    Food-makers would have to submit safety plans and farmers would have to assure the cleanliness of workers' hands and irrigation water under new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. The rules, which many farmers and food companies already follow, are aimed at preventing illness and death from food contamination. The Town Talk (Alexandria, La.) (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."
--Mahatma Gandhi,
Indian lawyer and activist

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