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January 31, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Tesco drops supplier and begins meat DNA testing amid scandal
    After several U.K. and Irish retailers discovered horse DNA in beef burgers, Tesco has dropped one of three suppliers linked to the scandal, Silvercrest, and says it will begin testing DNA in meat. "We want to leave customers in no doubt that we will do whatever it takes to ensure the quality of their food and that the food they buy is exactly what the label says it is," Tesco said. The Wall Street Journal/The Source blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safeway debuts ExxonMobil fuel-discount program
    Safeway shoppers can earn discounts at Exxon and Mobil gas stations in the mid-Atlantic region when they buy groceries using their Safeway Club Card. "By teaming up with ExxonMobil, we're able to thank our customers with a loyalty program that makes two frequent and critical purchases lead to real savings," Safeway President of Customer Loyalty Mir Aamir said. The Baltimore Sun/Consuming Interests blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ALDI looks to challenge H-E-B in Waco, Texas
    ALDI plans to open a 16,000-square-foot store Feb. 28 in Waco, Texas, near an H.E. Butt Grocery store. "They want to be near the main game in town," real estate developer Gordon Harriman said of the German discount chain, which aims to take on dominant player H-E-B. Waco Tribune-Herald (Texas) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prepared meals are falling out of favor
    As the economy improves, consumers are eating at restaurants more often and buying fewer retailer meal solutions, according to Technomic. Retailers can reverse the trend by offering high-quality prepared meals with fresh ingredients, Vice President Darren Tristano says. (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • 10-year-old Quaker contest winner heads to Super Bowl
    Ten-year-old Hunter Paulin of Washington has been chosen as the NFL Play 60 Super Kid in a contest sponsored by Quaker Oats in partnership with the NFL. He will appear with Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts at a breakfast during Kids Day at NFL Experience Driven by GMC and will run the game ball onto the field at the Super Bowl. Drug Store News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blacks can benefit from modified DASH diet, study says
    U.S. researchers who used a culturally modified DASH diet in a study of blacks in two communities found that it led to a significant increase in fruit and vegetable consumption and made participants more confident about eating healthier. The study, published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic Disease, showed that the diet did not lead to a significant decrease in blood pressure, but researchers noted that it did show the diet was feasible for that demographic group. News (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Ralcorp becomes part of ConAgra
    ConAgra Foods, which agreed to acquire Ralcorp in November, announced that the purchase is complete. "We are excited to have closed the transaction and welcome our talented new team members from Ralcorp to the ConAgra Foods family," ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin said. "We are now in a position to begin the most substantial aspects of integration planning and look forward to learning from and working with our new colleagues." Consumer Goods Technology News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Annual Meat Conference will unwrap food culture
    Scheduled Feb. 24 to 26 in Nashville, Tenn., the Annual Meat Conference will host The Hartman Group to unveil research on food culture and how patterns affect the meat market. Learn more and register at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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