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February 19, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Meyer is chosen to lead Stater Bros. retail operations
    Dan Meyer, who joined Stater Bros. Markets as a courtesy clerk in 1971 and has been senior vice president of retail operations since 2011, has been promoted to executive vice president of retail operations. "This promotion is a result of his leadership skills and the contributions that he has made towards the success of the company's retail-operations department," Chairman and CEO Jack Brown said. Progressive Grocer (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Freshness and environment top packaging priorities
    In a global survey by Ipsos InnoQuest, 55% of shoppers said they pay more for packaging that keeps food fresh or is better for the environment. Further down the list of priorities are spill prevention, temperature control and improved ability to eat or drink on the go. Progressive Grocer (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • N.C. grocer looks back on 50 years
    Cedar Lodge Market in Thomasville, N.C., was a third of its size when Charles Dennis opened it in 1963 and "was more or less a meat market with a few groceries," said Dennis' son Mike, who runs the store with brother Danny. In the years since, the store has become a full-service grocer but has not lost its focus on customer service. The High Point Enterprise (N.C.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Diet and exercise curb weight gain in obese pregnant women
    Obese pregnant women who underwent weekly weight-management sessions gained seven pounds less during pregnancy and had lost all of their pregnancy weight at three weeks post-delivery compared with those in the control group, a study showed. Another study revealed that 78% of obese pregnant women who followed a calorie-restricted diet and exercise program met the Institute of Medicine's guidelines on gestational weight gain, compared with 30% of the control group. The results were presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Smithfield and Kansas City Sausage plan joint venture
    Kansas City Sausage and Smithfield Foods have agreed to establish a 50-50 joint venture, with Smithfield handling marketing and branding for Kansas City breakfast and dinner sausages. "With our strong ongoing focus on building our packaged-meats business, and with 15% of the United States sow population, this joint venture is a logical fit for Smithfield," President and CEO C. Larry Pope said. American City Business Journals/Milwaukee (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Food City provides digital coupons
    Food City shoppers can load digital coupons from the company website on to their ValuCard for automatic redemption at checkout. The retailer also is enhancing online ordering, President and CEO Steven Smith says. "We are working with our provider to develop additional features and capabilities to further enhance and improve upon our product, as well as add some complementing elements, such as mobile-phone applications," Smith said. Progressive Grocer (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Tests for horse meat should be done this week, grocers say: U.K. supermarkets expect to wrap up testing of prepared meals for horse meat. "Retailers are using every available channel for direct dialogue with their customers, from social and traditional media to answering questions in store," British Retail Consortium Director General Helen Dickinson said. The Guardian (London) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms."
--William O. Douglas,
U.S. Supreme Court justice

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