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December 10, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Food Lion gets a new president
    Beth Newlands Campbell, currently president of Hannaford Supermarkets, has been named president of Food Lion, replacing Cathy Green Burns, who has held the job since February 2010 and has appeared in numerous Food Lion television ads. Roland Smith, CEO of parent company Delhaize America, did not give a reason for the management change at Food Lion, which is closing 113 stores. The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (12/7), Progressive Grocer (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ares founder named Smart & Final chairman
    David Kaplan, founding member and senior partner of Ares Management, has been named chairman of the board of Smart & Final, which Ares acquired in November. Kaplan, who succeeds retiring George Golleher as Smart & Final chairman, also chairs the board of 99 Cents Only Stores, a discount chain purchased by Ares in January. Supermarket News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teet's Food Store straddles the past and future
    Teet's Food Store, founded in Ville Platte, La., in 1955 by Lawrence "Teet" Deville, is now run by his son Chris, with grandson Luke in charge of marketing. The store has been selling its specialty meat products online since May, and has gotten requests from nearly every state, as well as Canada. Ville Platte Gazette (La.) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Packaged Facts sees Hispanic food and drink growth
    The U.S. market for Hispanic food and drinks could increase 31% to $10.7 billion by 2017, according to Packaged Facts, as food-makers ramp up innovation and marketing. "Mainstream consumers are becoming more adventurous with less well-known Hispanic flavors and textures, thanks to the influence of Hispanics and the popularity of foodie culture," notes the report. FoodNavigator (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fresh Ideas 
  • Dessert chefs discover vegetables
    Ambitious restaurants are now serving desserts that contain vegetables, including creme brulee with sweet corn at Tilth in Seattle and candy cap mushroom ice cream at San Francisco's Americano Restaurant & Bar. Nutrition professor Mary Ann Johnson said the body is better able to absorb the vitamins in vegetables when they are combined with a bit of fat. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Obese teens have higher risk of diabetes in adulthood
    Men and women who became obese as teens had a higher risk of developing diabetes compared with those who were obese as adults, a study in Diabetes Care found. The results underscore the importance of addressing obesity at a young age to reduce the risk of diabetes onset, researchers said. (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Coke has big plans for Spotify, says entertainment chief
    Coca-Cola is planning to ratchet up its advertising and promotional activities on Spotify in 2013, says Joe Belliotti, the beverage giant's director of global entertainment. "You are going to see Coke creating experiences on Spotify, using the technology and music content," he says. "It will involve supporting TV commercials, PR, visuals and shopper programs -- a whole integrated campaign coming to life." Adweek (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs  
  • Label laws draw fire
    Supermarket and restaurant owners are criticizing Food and Drug Administration rules that will require nutrition labels on fresh food at supermarkets and standard menu items at restaurants. "It's just ridiculous that they would make us spend so much money for so little useless information to go to the consumer," said Jonathan D. Sharp, who co-owns two Domino's stores in Abilene, Texas. Human Events (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • XL Foods set to resume sales to U.S.
    XL Foods, deemed safe by Canada officials following an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 16, has won approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume sales to the U.S. The Alberta factory had been shut since Sept. 27. United Press International (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • GMA-FMI Supply Chain Conference Fosters Efficiency in Food System
    Taking place Feb. 4 to 6 in Orlando, the Supply Chain Conference addresses product traceability and workflow issues. To learn more about the program and register visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • No sales boost from country-of-origin labels
    A law requiring country-of-origin labels for U.S. beef, pork and poultry has not led to increased demand, according to researchers, who also found just 23% of consumers were aware of the labels. "It doesn't make a difference. Our members have told us this," said FMI regulatory counsel Erik Lieberman. "Consumers are looking for quality and value. And this law was never a food safety or food quality law. It was designed to put imported products at a disadvantage, and that's what it's done." Supermarket News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however, once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind."
--Lady Mary Wortley Montagu,
British writer and aristocrat

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