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September 12, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Kroger vice president talks sustainability
    Lynn Marmer, group vice president at Kroger, is leading an effort to improve sustainability that has resulted in 19 zero-waste manufacturing plants and a plan to make renewable energy from unsold organic food. The company also recently introduced Simple Truth, "a comprehensive brand of affordable, high-quality products that are organic or free from artificial ingredients and additives," she said. The Cincinnati Enquirer (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Partnership offers free commute for ShopRite associates
    ShopRite Supermarkets associates in the Albany, N.Y., area can travel for free through a partnership with the Capital District Transportation Authority. "ShopRite is the first Capital Region business to participate in our universal-access program, a relationship where everyone wins," CDTA CEO Carm Basile said. "ShopRite Supermarkets now has a program that ensures that its employees get to work safely and reliably, and CDTA gains more riders." Progressive Grocer (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Alcoholic drinks get packaged in a pouch
    Wine, flavored malt drinks and premixed cocktails are among alcoholic drinks being packaged in a squeezable pouch, with Nielsen reporting that sales of alcoholic drinks in a pouch increased 153% in a year. Drinks sold in a pouch include Island Squeeze, a malt beverage by Phusion Projects, and Arbor Mist, a fruit and wine cocktail by Constellation Brands. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Private Brands 
  • Shopko adds 70 private-label products
    Shopko increased private-label offerings, adding 70 items, and plans to introduce 175 more in 2013. The 350-store mass merchandiser launched private-label products about five years ago, and the collection has grown to more than 700 items. Drug Store News (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • FMI gives $100,000 to Fuel Up to Play 60
    A $100,000 grant from FMI allows schools to apply for funding to promote healthy-eating strategies through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. "Our data suggest that consumers are cooking more at home, so food retailers have the opportunity to encourage school-aged children to try a broader variety of healthy snacks and meals," said Cathy Polley, executive director of the FMI Foundation. Progressive Grocer (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Heinz faces a fork in the frozen-food road
    H.J. Heinz, which owns frozen-food brands Ore-Ida and Smart Ones, sold some smaller frozen-food brands, including Boston Market and T.G.I. Friday's. Frozen food still bolsters the bottom line, executives said, but competition is fierce, and sales rise and fall with the economy. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Ahold turns to FoodLink for perishable purchases
    Ahold USA signed a 10-year deal with FoodLink, making the latter the "perishables buying solution of record" for Stop & Shop Supermarket, Giant of Maryland and Giant Food Stores. The online buying platform will be used for meat, seafood, floral products, deli items and produce. Supermarket News (9/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • "Health and wellness products are worth spending a little more on"
    Thirty-seven percent of shoppers agree with this statement, according to FMI's U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends. Find out more shopper research by downloading the free executive summary. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What percentage of shoppers are willing to spend more on health and wellness products?
    32%  29.20%
    37%  28.32%
    48%  28.32%
    41%  14.16%
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Cities use health-reform money to push healthy behaviors
    Oklahoma City is among the communities using money from a $10 billion preventive health fund created by the Affordable Care Act to pay for programs that teach people about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise and help them get into disease-prevention programs. Public-health officials say these programs could create a cultural shift, while critics say they will have only a small effect on influencing behaviors unless they are backed by policies such as taxes on soda or restrictions on marketing to children. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth."
--Will Rogers,
American actor and humorist

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