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February 26, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
 
  • Greenhouse gives Meijer local tomatoes in winter
    Meijer is selling local tomatoes year-round, grown in a Coldwater, Mich., hydroponic greenhouse of Mastronardi Produce. "This is really unique and exciting because Meijer customers can purchase locally grown tomatoes in the winter, which is well beyond Michigan's traditional tomato-growing season," said Jerry Suter, Meijer's vice president of fresh food. The Shelby Report online (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Albertsons taps division heads ahead of reorganization
    Division leaders have been named as Albertsons prepares for reorganization after a spinoff from SUPERVALU in March. Jim Perkins will lead ACME Markets. Dennis Bassler will helm the Northwest division. Susan Morris will take charge of Intermountain. Wayne Denningham will lead Southern California. Mike Withers will head the Southern division. Shane Dorcheus will helm Southwest. William Emmons will lead Jewel-Osco. Shane Sampson will be responsible for Shaw's and Star Market. Progressive Grocer (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend-Spotter 
  • Fairtrade report examines plight of small farms
    A report from the Fairtrade Foundation says 70% of the world's food is produced by small farmers who are not adequately paid, putting them at risk of poverty and threatening the food supply. The report urges governments to support these farmers with fairer competition, access to finance and help ensuring sustainability. Food Business Review (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Boston gains Foodie's Urban Market
    Foodie's Urban Market, an 8,000-square-foot store focusing on fresh and prepared food, has opened in Boston. The store has a cheese department and a section for Irish food. Boston Herald (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Study links avocado intake to lower BMI and waist size
    Data on more than 17,500 U.S. adults show that those who reported consuming avocados had lower body weight, waist size and body mass index and were as much as 50% less likely to develop metabolic syndrome than were those who did not eat the fruit. The findings were published in the Nutrition Journal. Diabetes.co.uk (U.K.) (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Sunsweet adds dried-fruit snacks
    Sunsweet Growers has introduced two snack mixes containing its Plum Amazins diced plums: Amazin Berry Blend and Amazin Cranberries. "Our new Amazin products provide healthy snack options with less sugar and fewer calories for increasingly health-minded consumers," President Dane Lance said. The Shelby Report online (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Sprouts warns of malware attack
    Sprouts Farmers Market says a point-of-sale malware attack might have compromised customers' credit card information at 19 stores in Arizona and California. The attack happened between Jan. 25 and 29. The company says it "was able to quickly identify and replace the affected credit card terminals." Supermarket News (free registration) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Future Connect webinars will prepare food-retail leadership
    In advance of this year's Future Connect conference, FMI will host six free webinars on retail trends, leadership-building skills and technology. The webinars are scheduled between March 14 and April 18. Visit the FMI calendar or FMIFutureConnect.com for more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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