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December 12, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Spartan's Valu Land debuts in Detroit
    Two Valu Land stores have opened in the Detroit area. As many as eight more of the small format are planned for the region in 2013. "With the economy as it is, Valu Land is responding to a heightened need for value that shoppers can depend on every day," said Alan Hartline, executive vice president for merchandising and marketing at parent Spartan Stores. (Michigan) (free registration) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Knoxville, Tenn., region will get 2 Food City stores
    Construction has started on two Food City locations near Knoxville, Tenn. A 52,000-square-foot store is expected to open in the spring in Powell, and a 47,000-square-foot store is set to open in the summer in Vonore. Both stores will have sustainability elements, including skylights and energy-saving glass doors on coolers. They will also offer amenities such as a floral boutique with a staff designer, a hot-food bar with cafe seating and full-service meat and seafood departments. Progressive Grocer (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Turn in a gun in Baltimore, get a ShopRite gift card
    ShopRite is supporting the Goods for Guns program in Baltimore, providing a $100 gift card to people who turn in a gun during a collection Saturday at a community center. "The Goods for Guns program creates a tremendous opportunity to help the communities that we are committed to," said Marshall Klein of Klein's Family Markets, which operates seven ShopRite stores in Maryland. Progressive Grocer (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Collaboration aims for standard on product life cycle
    The Consumer Goods Forum and the Sustainability Consortium have partnered to create a uniform measure of product life cycle, which they say will "enable everyone in the value chain to improve sustainability performance by gaining transparency and better understanding into the environmental impacts of individual consumer products and their life cycles." Supermarket News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • EU studies private-brand dominance
    The European Commission is examining whether private brands violate antitrust rules. A report is expected by late 2013. "We have decided to carry out a detailed study to find out whether European consumers enjoy sufficient choice and innovative products adapted to their needs when buying food," Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said. Reuters (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Walgreen revs up bus offering samples
    Walgreen is promoting "Up Market: Fresh" food and drinks with a 40-foot bus that is traveling nationwide and giving samples, including frozen yogurt, juice, smoothies and coffee. "Our fresh-food offerings provide customers with easier access to a greater selection of fresh foods and beverages," said Joe Magnacca, president of daily living products and solutions. Convenience Store News (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • PepsiCo plans "snacks made into beverages"
    PepsiCo Chairwoman and CEO Indra Nooyi said the company is developing "snacks made into beverages," though she did not discuss specifics. "A way to grow the beverage business is to take foods and drinkify them," Nooyi said. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Most brands are still wary of online-video ads, survey finds
    Less than a quarter of brands are using online video ads as part of their marketing mix, and only about 1 in 10 brands is relying exclusively on online-video campaigns, according to a Kantar Media study. Internet communications and travel-industry brands were the most likely to embrace an online-only marketing strategy, the study found. ClickZ (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs  
  • FDA renews food-safety agreement with China
    The FDA has renewed an agreement with China, first signed in 2007, calling for cooperation on food and feed safety. The deal, extended for five more years, improves collaboration on facility inspection in China and identification of food made in China and exported to the U.S. that is considered high risk. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • 59% of shoppers are willing to buy premium private-brand products
    Learn more about how consumers perceive private brands by listening to the webinar "Grocery Shopper Trends 2012: Overview -- Private Brands" at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    63%  17.91%
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Meat-safety regulation garners praise
    The American Meat Institute is among those praising a USDA policy that will require meat processors to wait for E. coli test results before putting meat on the market. "AMI has long advocated the practice of controlling tested product and not using it before test results are received," President and CEO Patrick Boyle said. "Preventing potentially adulterated meat and poultry products from reaching consumers provides additional public health protection." (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean."
--Luther Burbank,
American botanist and horticulturist

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