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January 24, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Hy-Vee chef takes a fresh approach
    Ed Camenzend, who will be 72 in a few weeks, is the chef and instructor at a Hy-Vee store in Sioux City, Iowa. He gives cooking lessons and shows customers how to use healthful ingredients, such as chia seeds. "It's nice being able to interact with people and introducing them to new things," he said. Sioux City Journal (Iowa) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Niches give small grocers room to blossom
    Small grocers such as Bell's Market in Braddock, Pa., and Labriola Italian Markets, which has four Pittsburgh-area locations, are able to thrive despite competition from larger grocery chains by finding a niche. Bell's, for example, is known for its meat but also for giving cups of coffee to customers. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FMI launches family-meal campaign
    FMI has begun "Let's Put Our Plates Together," a campaign that encourages members to develop family-meal ideas and that gives an annual award, the Gold Plate. "Food retailers can inspire ideas, themes, flavors and concepts to create something personal and meaningful," said Catherine Polley, vice president of health and wellness at FMI and executive director of the FMI Foundation. Progressive Grocer (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 retailers are honored for community efforts
    FMI has recognized Ahold USA, the Port Townsend Food Co-op, Grocery Outlet, Good Food Store, Hy-Vee and The Merc Community Market and Deli with the 2012 Community Outreach Awards for efforts to address hunger and health in their communities. The awards "recognize the laudable efforts of those food retailers who saw a need and sought creative means of addressing it -- enhancing the life of all within the community," FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said. Supermarket News (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FMI Foundation gains more funding to continue mission
    FMI has raised nearly $800,000 for its foundation and will use the funds to continue promoting food safety, health and nutrition. "With a renewed emphasis at the FMI Foundation, we've established a pathway forward to expand on our dialog and resources for the food-retail industry and its customers," said Catherine Polley, executive director of the FMI Foundation and vice president of health and wellness at FMI. Supermarket News (free registration) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Smaller bites might counter distraction-related intake
    In a study, participants who ate soup while watching an animated film had higher food intake, but those who took smaller sips ate 30% less than those who took bigger sips. The results demonstrate that taking smaller bites might curb consumption, researchers wrote in PLoS One. HealthDay News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study indicates nutrition labels need improvement
    Participants had a better understanding of a food's healthfulness when nutritional facts, such as calories and nutrients, were presented for the entire package, rather than a single serving, an FDA study revealed. The findings, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, suggest that clearly displaying total calories and nutrients in a container might boost healthy eating habits, researchers said. Reuters (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Great Grains Protein Blend cereal debuts
    Post Foods has expanded the Great Grains cereal line with Great Grains Protein Blend, offered in cinnamon hazelnut and honey, oats and seeds. "Many people already enjoy the less-processed ingredients in every box of Great Grains," said Mark Izzo, vice president of research, development and innovation. "We're proud to introduce a protein-packed version with the added benefits." Consumer Goods Technology News (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Want to catch up on Midwinter?
    View our Flickr gallery to see Executive Award winners, session highlights and the FMI Foundation 2nd Annual Industry Leadership Dinner. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • At 1 p.m. Eastern today: FMI webinar on incentives for retailer food donations
    Through the webinar, hosted by FMI and Feeding America and presented by Deloitte, learn tax deductions and incentives for charitable contributions of food inventory that retailers might be able to claim as part of their federal tax returns. Register on FMI.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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