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February 4, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Fresh & Easy doesn't plan to close stores
    In a Facebook message, Tesco's U.S. banner, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, told shoppers that though it is undergoing a strategic review, it is not about to close. "While we don't know exactly what the outcome of this strategic review process will be, we want to assure you we don't have plans to close stores and we're confident Fresh & Easy can continue to be your favorite neighborhood market," Fresh & Easy said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Save Mart supports women's heart health
    Save Mart Supermarkets says it will raise $400,000 for the American Heart Association through efforts including radio and television ads, a recipe sweepstakes on Pinterest and shelf tags indicating heart-healthy food and drinks. The money will support awareness and education of women's heart health as part of the association's "Go Red for Women" campaign. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Small and large snacks are equally satisfying
    Study participants who ate a small snack reported that their cravings and hunger were as satisfied as those who ate a larger snack. "[A]lthough providing larger portions increased snack calorie intake by 77% (103 calories), after 15 [minutes] they do not reduce hunger or cravings any more than smaller portions," researchers wrote in Food Quality and Preference. FoodNavigator (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Private-brand recalls will be addressed at summit by FMI's Hilary Thesmar
    At the Store Brands Decisions Innovation & Marketing Summit, scheduled Feb. 27 to March 1 in Chicago, FMI's vice president of food safety programs will lead a session on the importance of implementing a recall program within your private brands. John Scott, director of quality assurance at H.E. Butt Grocery, will share insight into H-E-B's QA program. Learn more about the summit and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • USDA proposes stricter requirements on school snacks
    There shouldn't be more than 200 calories in snacks sold to students from vending machines or elsewhere besides typical school lunches, the U.S. Agriculture Department says. Under proposed rules, schools are encouraged to sell water, low-fat and fat-free milk and 100% juice. Setting higher standards for school snacks would mean "the healthy choice is the easy choice for our kids," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Never assume the obvious is true."
--William Safire,
American author, columnist and presidential speechwriter

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