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November 16, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Ahold USA selects chief operating officer
    James McCann will become chief operating officer of Ahold USA on Feb. 1, succeeding Carl Schlicker, who plans to retire. "This appointment is a natural next step for James," CEO Dick Boer said. "With his international experience in leading roles at global retailers, James is very well qualified to take on this important role within Ahold." The Boston Globe/Business Updates blog (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weis switches to eco-friendly meat trays
    Weis Markets is partnering with Clearly Clean Products on modified atmosphere packaging meat trays that are recyclable and contain 80% recycled plastic. "We are continually increasing our conservation efforts, providing recycling opportunities for both our associates and customers, and evaluating our store designs to meet with our standards for environmental leadership and stewardship," said Patti Olenick, Weis' sustainability manager. Progressive Grocer (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • O'Boyle becomes Marsh chairman, president and CEO
    Thomas O'Boyle Jr., previously an executive vice president at A&P, has been named chairman, president and CEO of Marsh Supermarkets. "We are delighted he has joined the Marsh team and look forward to his leadership and contributions to the company's progress as well as ensuring continued focus on serving customers," said Scott King, senior managing director of Sun Capital Partners, which owns Marsh's parent. Supermarket News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Retailers weigh merits of self-checkout
    While retailers including Wal-Mart Stores and Roundy's Supermarkets are embracing self-checkout, others, including Piggly Wiggly Midwest, have opted against such lanes. "We have researched the possibility several times over the years and have decided against using them for various reasons," Chief Operating Officer Gary Suokko said. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  Supplier News 
  • Hostess' demise ends a golden era
    A labor strike that started Nov. 9 was the death knell for Hostess Brands, maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread. The 82-year-old company plans to close factories, lay off 18,500 workers and liquidate. "We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we don't have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," CEO Gregory Rayburn said. CNNMoney (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Skippy ties in with Spider-Man
    Skippy peanut butter is using a limited-edition label depicting "The Amazing Spider-Man" in a deal between the Unilever brand and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which has released the movie on DVD and Blu-ray. Skippy is also offering recipes with a Spider-Man theme. Progressive Grocer (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Sprouts taps Manthan for analytics
    Manthan Systems has been chosen to provide a reporting and analytics system for Sprouts Farmers Markets. The business-intelligence platform offers dashboards and analytic views that identify trends in merchandising, labor, inventory optimization and more. Supermarket News (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Registration is open: Midwinter Executive Conference
    While the industry celebrates leaders of this year, grocery executives are looking to 2013 and beyond on how to build their business. One thing retailers, wholesalers and suppliers can count on is the annual FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, scheduled Jan. 20 to 22 in Arizona. To learn more about the program and to register, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Companies collaborate on EU labeling
    A dozen companies, including Kellogg, Nestle, Danone Group, Coca-Cola and Unilever, agreed to create a voluntary label system in the EU with calorie information on the front of packaging. The change is expected to be in place by the end of 2014. Food Business Review (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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American poet

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