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January 8, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • ShopRite signs on with mixed-use project in N.Y.
    ShopRite has signed a lease in a mixed-use development under construction in Brooklyn, N.Y., that is expected to open in fall 2014. The 90,000-square-foot store will be the largest ShopRite in the tri-state area and will include a sushi bar, a catering team, a floral department, a pharmacy and a large selection of ethnic food. CoStar Group (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supermarket News honors Safeway marketing chief
    Diane Dietz, chief marketing officer and executive vice president at Safeway, has been named the 2013 Marketer of the Year by Supermarket News. Dietz was at Procter & Gamble for 20 years before joining Safeway in 2008. She is leading Safeway's rollout of "just for U," a marketing program tailored to individual shoppers. Supermarket News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Supermarkets adapt to changing times
    With increased competition, grocers must work hard to please customers. "Food retailers are arguably at the front lines of economic stress," FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said. "And they are best prepared to listen to the changing consumer." Survival strategies include loyalty programs, a focus on customer service, a consistent brand message and creating displays and discounts that meet shopper needs. Progressive Grocer (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mintel finds growing enthusiasm for cooking at home
    In a Mintel survey, 26% of shoppers say they "love" cooking, 35% "like" it and 9% avoid it. "In addition to a perception that cooking is more cost effective, it is also a principal way in which Americans are bettering their health, bonding with family and preserving their own familial traditions," leisure analyst Gretchen Grabowski said. Progressive Grocer (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Better Beverage Finder offers sugar content of drinks
    A group led by Columbia, Md., nonprofit Horizon Foundation has created the Better Beverage Finder, an online database that details the sugar content of 300 drinks. The effort, which includes information about childhood obesity in Maryland, aims to guide parents and children toward healthful drinks. The Washington Post (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Hershey boosts chocolate brand Brookside
    Hershey is expanding the availability of its Brookside brand, previously sold only at shopper clubs. Starting this month, the brand is available mass market in three dark-chocolate-coated varieties: acai and blueberry, goji and raspberry, and pomegranate. (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Superior taps Essentia to issue credit card
    Essentia Financial Services has been chosen by Superior Grocers to offer the ChargeIt+Plus credit card to qualified shoppers in Southern California. "The ChargeIt+Plus card gives financially underserved consumers immediate credit for life's essentials, without having to worry about bank overdraft or other high fees," Essentia CEO Tommy Glenn said. Progressive Grocer (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Motorola scanner addresses mobile devices and 2D codes
    Motorola Solutions has developed the MP6000, a scanner that works quickly on traditional, paper-based bar codes, as well as codes on mobile devices and 2D codes. "Almost all consumers are carrying smartphones nowadays, and this kind of interaction is desired by them," said John Britts, senior director of product management. "In addition, there is an increased use of 2D bar codes. This system was developed to address both trends." Progressive Grocer (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Supply chain will be simplified at FMI/GMA 2013 conference
    At this year's Supply Chain Conference, scheduled Feb. 4 to 6 in Orlando, Fla., retailers and manufacturers will hear from speakers across transportation, food safety and management on ways to improve workflow. Learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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