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November 15, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Rice Epicurean will downsize to one store
    Four of the five stores of Houston's Rice Epicurean Markets are set to close, and The Fresh Market will take over the locations. The Levy and Freidlander families, who founded Rice Epicurean more than 75 years ago, will retain ownership of the properties. "We've been in the grocery and real estate business, and as we look to the future, we see real estate as the business with the most opportunity," Chief Financial Officer Bruce Levy said. Houston Chronicle (11/14), Supermarket News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cub Foods announces grocery winners
    Three Minnesota residents received free groceries for a year as grand-prize winners of the "I Love My Cub" promotion, celebrating 44 years since Cub Foods was founded. Gary Sitko, Eunice Connor and Sheila Kelly each won a gift card for $5,200. Progressive Grocer (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Price Chopper cooks up turkey and ham dinners
    Price Chopper Supermarkets is selling full Thanksgiving dinners with side dishes. A turkey dinner with side dishes, rolls and a pie is $64.99, and a ham dinner with mashed potatoes, rolls and a pie is $39.99. "All of the menu components -- the turkeys, the gravy, the cranberry sauce -- everything is prepared exclusively in the Price Chopper kitchens using all-natural ingredients, just like in home kitchens," said Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer and marketing services. Progressive Grocer (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wal-Mart debuts subscription service for artisan food
    Wal-Mart Stores' innovation arm, @WalmartLabs, has launched Goodies, a service that sends subscribers a basket of sample-sized artisan food each month for $7. While most products aren't for sale at Wal-Mart stores, they are available in the full-size version at the Goodies website. Tracking which items prove most popular will give the retailer insight for in-store merchandising. Fast Company online (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retailers aim for "superior, consistent customer experience"
    As retailers prepare for the holiday season, 60% say a top priority is delivering a consistent experience, while 29% say they plan to hire more seasonal workers than they did in 2011. "Retailers will rely on the union of people and products to make customers feel good about their shopping experiences no matter which channel is utilized for the transaction," said Dave Bruno, director of marketing at RedPrairie, which surveyed 250 retailers for the report "Holiday Hiring Snapshot." Drug Store News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Chocolate milk stirs support
    Several school districts have banned the sale of chocolate milk because of its sugar and calories, but supporters say the flavored milk provides important nutrients for minimal additional calories. Supporters include the American Academy of Pediatrics and professional athletes, who tout chocolate milk as a recovery beverage in "Got Milk?" ads. Progressive Grocer (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Frito-Lay to roll out Cracker Jack with caffeine
    Frito-Lay is expanding its Cracker Jack line with Cracker Jack'd, which will have two flavors that contain coffee -- and caffeine. The Center for Science in the Public Interest criticized the snacks, called Power Bites, but a Frito-Lay spokesman said the company stands "by the safety of all products in the Cracker Jack'd line, including those that contain coffee." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • After joining Campbell, Bolthouse bolts forward
    Bolthouse Farms, acquired by Campbell Soup this year, operates independently but has gained resources to accelerate growth, Bolthouse President and CEO Jeff Dunn said. "The language that Campbell's has used is 'packaged fresh,' which simply means that the consumer is really looking for fresh versions of all the kinds of product categories they're used to in the center of the store, whether that's soup or sauces or juices," he said. (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Recession drove 31 million more households to purchase store-brand products
    According to FMI's Trends, nearly two-thirds of consumers were already comfortable purchasing private brands, but the recession increased the number an additional 27%. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    37 million  32.43%
    31 million  18.92%
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