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January 21, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Shopko merchandising chief adds president to title
    Jill Soltau, who joined Shopko in 2007 and was most recently chief merchandising officer and executive vice president, has been promoted to president of the mass-merchandise chain. She will continue to head merchandising. Soltau's retail experience includes stints at Kohl's and Sears. Drug Store News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • H-E-B taps Houston football star as spokesman
    J.J. Watt, defensive lineman for the Houston Texans, has been hired as H.E. Butt Grocery's spokesman. "Over the last two years, J.J. has demonstrated that he shares H-E-B's commitment to the Houston community while embracing the 'Spirit of Giving' philosophy H-E-B is known for in giving back to those in need," Houston division President Scott McClelland said. Supermarket News (free registration) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FMI's Morganthall wins GMA collaboration award
    GMA has honored Fred Morganthall, chairman of FMI and president and chief operating officer of Harris Teeter, with the Industry Collaboration Leadership Award. "Collaboration is a requirement," Morganthall said of FMI and GMA. "We can't find solutions to problems ranging from government to food safety without working together." Supermarket News (free registration) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coffee and beer combine in JavaHead Stout
    Tröegs Brewing in Hershey, Pa., has developed JavaHead Stout, made with coffee beans from Kenya. "It was taking my favorite beverage in the morning and my favorite beverage at night, and blending them," said John Trogner, who runs the brewery with brother Chris. The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GMA honors Danny Wegman and Tim Smucker
    Danny Wegman and Tim Smucker have received GMA's highest honor, the Hall of Achievement Award. The Wegmans Food Markets CEO and J.M. Smucker chairman "are more than pillars of the industry," GMA President and CEO Pam Bailey said. "They are family men from two of the most admired family companies, who are as well known for their philanthropy as for their leadership." Supermarket News (free registration) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fresh Ideas 
  • Rice is so much more than white
    Rice is available in many colors, textures and flavors, each suitable for a different dish. Short-grain white Japanese rice is used for sushi; Bhutanese red rice is ideal for a salad; and Thai black glutinous rice brings its sticky texture to pudding, bread and porridge. The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Walgreen debuts Televisa health and wellness products
    Walgreen is adding health and wellness items by Televisa Consumer Products to increase engagement with Hispanic customers. Televisa Consumer Products, a joint venture between Grupo Televisa and Genomma Lab Internacional, has developed products for hair care, skin care, pain, sleep, and cough and cold. Drug Store News (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High-protein launches gain muscle
    The U.S. is the strongest market for high-protein products, accounting for 19% of launches worldwide, according to Mintel. "Americans are looking for protein to aid in satiety, weight management and to boost muscle recovery and build muscle after a workout, making protein appeal to a broad audience in a great number of usage occasions," said Nirvana Chapman, an analyst for global food-science trends. Progressive Grocer (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Declining soda sales might be "new norm"
    Sales of carbonated soft drinks have declined for eight consecutive years, and companies are no longer able to increase prices to counter lower volume. "The question from here is if that is the new norm," Sanford C. Bernstein beverage analyst Steve Powers said. The Wall Street Journal (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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