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November 20, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Upscale turkeys gobble up retail attention
    More retailers are carrying organic, heirloom and free-range turkeys for Thanksgiving, as consumers show willingness to pay more for birds they consider more flavorful and sustainable. The Hills Market in Columbus, Ohio, is selling organic and local heritage Bourbon Red turkeys for $6.79 per pound. Supermarket News (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Designated Save Mart associates offer holiday help
    Save Mart Supermarkets has launched Wayfinders, a program that involves associates trained to help with holiday shopping and meal planning. The associates, dressed so they are easy to recognize, offer suggestions, answer questions and point shoppers toward holiday items. Progressive Grocer (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend-Spotter 
  • Study examines trends in retail-space usage
    Know Your Space 2012, the second part of a study by Kantar Retail and Crossmark, shows trends in how retailers are using their space. Among them: Retailers are mixing dry goods across produce, frozen and dairy sections, and they are creating a portfolio of stores to meet differing shopper needs. Progressive Grocer (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • DeCicco prepares to open in Cornwall, N.Y.
    A retail space in Cornwall, N.Y., that has housed Grand Union Family Markets, Key Food Stores Co-operative and Cornwall Farms is where DeCicco Family Markets is expected to open in December. "We do things a little differently," said Frank DeCicco, owner of the 10-store chain. "We don't have a set plan for every store. We customize every store to the neighborhood. We want to see what people are looking for." Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Groups launch an effort to combat childhood obesity
    The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced an effort to reduce the growth of childhood obesity by 2015. Part of that effort will include the foundation's focus on helping schools and after-school programs increase physical fitness for students. The AHA will work to improve the nutritional quality of snack foods and drinks available in schools and to ensure that students eat healthier. Education Week/Schooled in Sports blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Nestle boosts focus on Chinese R&D
    Nestle plans to double its research capacity in China with two research and development centers, which will create products that appeal to Chinese tastes. The company has had a presence in China since 1874, and it has 47,000 employees there. However, domestic companies have a better understanding of what Chinese consumers want, challenging Nestle. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Solutions 
  • Study: Digital coupons are still secondary with marketers
    A study conducted for the Shopper Technology Institute found that 84% of companies in consumer packaged goods use digital coupons, but 45% say digital coupons are in a supporting role and 42% consider the effort a platform test. "Since this is a new and upcoming tactic, I am expecting it to grow as the technology advances," said Tanya Bhothinard, senior director of client service at Partners in Loyalty Marketing, which conducted the research. Progressive Grocer (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • In what category is your supermarket most active in the community?
Youth development (job training, mentoring, tutoring)
Food insecurity (food banks, food donations)
Health improvement (sponsored runs/walks, blood drives, nutrition education)
All of the above

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--Albert Camus,
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