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December 19, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Safeway charges past goal on cage-free eggs
    Safeway says more than 15% of its eggs are Certified Humane cage-free, surpassing a goal set in 2010 of increasing sales of such eggs from 6% to 12% in two years. "Safeway's suppliers had to make the changes necessary to become certified," said Adele Douglass, founder and CEO of Humane Farm Animal Care, a nonprofit that manages the Certified Humane label. "As a result, Safeway and its suppliers have had a major impact on improving the humane treatment of laying hens in the U.S." Progressive Grocer (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Recipe contest using Alaska seafood crowns winners
    Winners of the first Alaska Seafood Prepared Foods Challenge are Rosanne Toroian of Schnuck Markets, Jeff Anderson of Safeway and Keoni Chang of Sullivan Family of Cos. The Seafood Marketing Institute contest invited retail culinary professionals to submit recipes using Alaska seafood. Progressive Grocer (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Prepared food makes holidays brighter
    Supermarket delis, bakeries and prepared-food departments are busy this time of year, first providing cheese trays and other festive items for the holidays, then leaner meat and other solutions for eaters trying to shed pounds in the new year. Companies that supply these departments are continually improving offerings to meet seasonal needs. Progressive Grocer (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • Hy-Vee debuts fuel discount
    Hy-Vee shoppers can earn discounts on fuel by purchasing participating products, including some that are national brands and some that are private labels. Discounts of 2 cents to 25 cents are loaded on a shopper's Fuel Saver card, for redemption at Hy-Vee or Casey's General Stores stations. Supermarket News (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Black and Hispanic children show higher diabetes risk
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed that children with high-risk A1C levels were more likely to be black, have a family history of diabetes and have higher body mass index, waist size and fasting insulin levels than children with A1C levels of less than 5.7%. Researchers also found that impaired fasting glucose was more likely to occur in Hispanic children, those with higher BMI, waist size and fasting insulin levels and those with hypertension and higher average triglyceride rates compared with children who had lower plasma glucose levels. News (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Tide Pods surge forward with a focus on efficiency over price
    Procter & Gamble says sales of its single-dose laundry detergent Tide Pods will surpass $500 million in its first year. The Pods, which came to market in February, command 73% of the single-dose market. The Pods don't come cheap, and no price promotions were offered during the launch year, so marketing has focused on the value that the Pods provide through efficiency, according to this article. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honest Tea details how it maintains mission
    In its third annual mission report, Honest Tea says it is meeting goals of helping communities and protecting the environment. Highlights include reducing cardboard in Honest Kids cartons, trimming carbon emissions by moving production closer to the warehouse and buying ingredients certified by Fair Trade USA, with proceeds benefiting communities that produce ingredients. Beverage World Publications Group (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Economy was the primary concern for retailers in 2011
    Coming off of the recession, concern for the economy is still high in supermarkets' minds. Learn more about how customers are dealing with tighter budgets with the U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012 Executive Summary. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Speaks Flashback: What was the top concern for retailers in 2011?
    Economy  54.17%
    Health care costs  29.17%
    Competition  15.28%
    Interchange fees  1.39%
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • More than one path to ingredient safety approval
    Ingredients on food labels must be approved by the FDA, either as an additive or as a food that is generally recognized as safe. Food-makers have the option of asking the FDA for GRAS approval of specific ingredients or, as is more common with new ingredients, using expert scientific opinions that do not require giving information to the FDA or consumers. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food-safety rules hit bottleneck
    Food-safety regulations for the FDA and the USDA are being held up at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law in January 2011, but key provisions have yet to be enacted. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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