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August 23, 2012
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  • Whole Foods sets thousand-store goal
    Whole Foods Market said it will triple its store count to 1,000, adding locations in smaller markets and underserved communities. The chain, which will open its first Detroit store in 2013, is in talks to bring stores to parts of Chicago and Newark, N.J., that have little access to fresh food. Bloomberg (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save-A-Lot and White House chef donate to D.C. food bank
    Save-A-Lot partnered with Sam Kass, the White House's assistant chef and senior policy adviser on healthy food, to donate school supplies and $2,500 to the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C. The donation is part of the retailer's Fuel Your Family Road Trip program, with "Road Scholars" traveling to 18 cities to share information about healthy, affordable eating. Progressive Grocer (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ACME announces winner of $1M grand prize in summer sweepstakes
    ACME Markets is giving $1 million to Joseph Facciolo, a Philadelphia dental student and winner of the SUPERVALU banner's Sizzlin' Summer Giveaway Collect & Win Game. "I'm finishing up dental school, so it probably goes without saying that this is going to help with some of my loans," he said. "After that, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet, but I do know this has changed my life." Supermarket News (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Magazine honors Harris Teeter as Retailer of the Year
    Harris Teeter was chosen as the 2012 Retailer of the Year by Progressive Grocer magazine. "We are extremely impressed by Harris Teeter's overall excellence as an employer and merchant, as well as its abiding commitment to excellence in customer service and satisfaction and its aggressive stance to expand its geographic footprint into new marketing territories, all of which are certainly no easy feat in the present retailing climate," Editorial Director Meg Major said. Progressive Grocer (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Hobart manufactures products for the foodservice and food retail industry, including cooking, food preparation, warewashers and waste handling, weigh wrap, Baxter baking and Traulsen refrigeration. Hobart equipment is supported by a national network of factory-trained service representatives in hundreds of locations across the United States.
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  • College students are expected to change food trends
    College students ages 18 to 21 will influence food trends for decades, according to a report from Packaged Facts and CCD Innovation. "Palates expand in college and are forever altered," CCD Innovation CEO Kimberly Egan said. "The food industry will need to respond to these adventurous consumers as they leave campus and start earning their own paychecks." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (8/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bacon keeps sizzling
    Since about 2007, bacon has moved beyond breakfast fare and is featured in brownies, tacos, chocolate and cocktails. Burger King put a bacon sundae on its summer menu, and chocolate shop Le Chocoholique in Columbus, Ohio, sells bacon gelato, bacon chocolate and a chocolate and bacon cocktail. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Walgreen will go chainwide with electronic health records
    Walgreen, which uses technology by Greenway Medical Technologies for electronic health records at about 200 stores, plans to bring the system to all 8,000 locations before fall 2013. "With a view into a customer's prescription, immunization and health-testing record, our pharmacy staff can provide additional recommendations, such as whether the customer is due for a specific immunization," said Tim Theriault, Walgreen's senior vice president and chief information officer. Drug Store News (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Another Calif. city bars plastic bags
    West Hollywood joined several other California cities in prohibiting grocers and retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags at checkout. "Local governments have been charged, I think rightfully so, to reduce the amount of waste we put in the waste system," Mayor Jeffrey Prang said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (8/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    From Sept. 9 to 12 in Phoenix, participate in round-table discussions on issues such as temperature control, refrigerant systems, preventive maintenance and energy procurement. Visit FMIEnergySD.com to learn more and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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