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December 7, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Fresh logo is unveiled for Market Street
    A Market Street brand revamp launched nearly a year ago has culminated in a new logo, introduced at the chain's 11th store, which opens Jan. 9 in Lubbock, Texas. The orange- and melon-colored logo shows a grapefruit intersected with a spoon. "The grapefruit is the state fruit of Texas, and we feel it conveys a fresh image," said Monica Schierbaum, senior director of marketing at parent United Supermarkets. "The spoon represents our gourmet prepared foods that we are known for at Market Street." The Shelby Report online (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meijer supports schools through student-designed cards
    Meijer is collaborating with Artwork for Education to sell student-designed greeting cards and donate 50 cents for each card sold to participating schools. "Schools require extra sources of funds, and many cannot afford even the most basic needs," Artwork for Education CEO Charles Paul said. "Our relationship with Meijer and Meijer shoppers will provide a source of those funds we hope will extend to every school in their service areas." Progressive Grocer (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • International flavors top McCormick's 2013 trend watch
    Spice giant McCormick has released its 2013 Flavor Forecast, which predicts that American menus will make room for global flavors such as katsu, a tangy sauce from Japan; cajeta, a Mexican milk caramel; and dukkah, a Middle Eastern spice blend. "Not only is dukkah rich and savory, but it's also got this great textural aspect to it, which is really important when it comes to food and flavor," executive chef Kevan Vetter said of the mixture of toasted nut, cumin, coriander and sesame seed. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Studies tying food and cancer don't hold up, researchers say
    Researchers from Stanford and Harvard universities examined studies linking 50 foods to increases or decreases in cancer risk and found that most were based on weak evidence that did not stand up to broader reviews. "We have seen a very large number of studies, just too many studies, suggesting that they had identified associations with specific food ingredients with cancer risk," said Dr. John Ioannidis of the Stanford Prevention Research Center. "People get scared or they think that they should change their lives and make big decisions, and then things get refuted very quickly." Forbes (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Reducing fat consumption might facilitate weight loss
    People who replaced high-fat food with low-fat alternatives showed significant improvement in body mass index, waist circumference, blood pressure and cholesterol, according to a study in the journal BMJ. Researchers found that weight loss was consistent across trials and was maintained at least seven years. HealthDay News (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Planters adds dry-roasted flavors
    Fifty years after it launched the dry-roasting process for peanuts, Planters is expanding its dry-roasted line, adding Roasted Onion & Garlic and Honey Barbeque varieties. The Planters brand is more than a century old, and dry roasting was introduced as a way to preserve flavor without using oil. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coca-Cola partners with HSN to sell branded merchandise
    Coca-Cola is promoting more than 275 Coke-branded items in partnership with HSN as it looks to extend a licensing business that brings annual sales of $1 billion. The multiyear partnership, which will see the products promoted on the HSN cable channel as well as online and on mobile devices and social media, should last through the holidays. HSN is being promoted on Coke's loyalty site in return. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • A&P taps Esri for customer information
    A&P is using a geographic-information system from Esri to gather data about community demographics and shopping trends. "Partnering with Esri allows us to enhance our real estate strategy in the neighborhoods that we currently serve by enabling us to meet the specific needs of our customers," A&P Chief Information Officer Nrup Krishnamurthy said. "In addition, this technology will serve as an essential business tool to help us make well-informed decisions about where and how we go to market in the future." Progressive Grocer (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Friday Fact: 57% of shoppers say they use new healthy recipes
    Learn more about shoppers' healthy-eating patterns by listening to the "Shopping for Health 2012" webinar at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • USDA announces ground-poultry rules
    The USDA is requiring producers of ground turkey and ground chicken to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plans within 90 days because of recent salmonella outbreaks. "Incorporating information obtained from salmonella outbreaks will enhance food safety efforts, helping to avoid future outbreaks and ensure a safer food supply for consumers," said Elisabeth Hagen, undersecretary for food safety. Supermarket News (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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