Meijer increases products made in Mich. | Kids club debuts at Rainbow Foods | Prepared fare is star of latest Kings Food location
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March 20, 2013
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Meijer increases products made in Mich.
Meijer is expanding the Made in Michigan program to 55 products this year, up from 49 in 2012, and is increasing the items' visibility in the chain's 102 Michigan stores. "The response we received from our customers last year about this initiative was overwhelming, which is why we decided to further invest and expand this selection into all our Michigan stores," co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. Progressive Grocer (3/19)
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Kids club debuts at Rainbow Foods
Rainbow Foods stores in the Minneapolis area are adding a kids club in partnership with Mighty Kids Media. The Burble and Friends club, named for characters in the educational cartoon "Danger Rangers," gives members stickers, a seasonal magazine and Roundy's Supermarkets cookies on their birthday. Progressive Grocer (3/19)
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Prepared fare is star of latest Kings Food location
A Kings Food Markets store opening in Gillette, N.J., is the first in the chain to have a prepared-food section called MarketSquare, with a hot-soup station, a full-service cafe and international fare such as hand-rolled sushi and brick-oven pizza. The store, set to open this week, will also have a flower boutique, a patisserie and a cheese shop with about 300 varieties. Supermarket News (free registration) (3/19)
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Trend-Spotter
Organic baby food isn't healthier, studies show
Studies have found that organic baby food does not contain more nutrition than the conventional version. "The variety of foods and nutrients that babies take in will have a much larger impact on their health than whether they're fed organic or not," said Tiffani Hays, director of pediatric nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. "Vitamins, minerals and fiber have much better research and documented health benefits than does choosing organic." The Washington Post (3/18)
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Technomic sees beef and pork opportunities
With beef and pork prices on the rise, suppliers and retailers can increase customer interest by offering different cuts of meat and flavors, Technomic Vice President Darren Tristano says. According to the research firm's updated Center of the Plate: Beef & Pork Consumer Trend Report, consumers choose beef or steak as their meal protein 33% of the time. Progressive Grocer (3/19)
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Private Brands
Report notes private-label decline
A report by SymphonyIRI Group says consumers are losing interest in private-label products on the perception that the price advantage is dwindling. The company's advice to retailers: "Benchmark private-label share versus national brands, and continually track shifts at market or store levels." CSP (3/19)
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Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy
Study suggests rebate prompts healthier eating
In a study, shoppers made healthier food choices when given a rebate of 10% to 25% on purchases of fruits, vegetables and healthy, nutritious fare. Wal-Mart Stores is testing a similar concept, partnering with HumanaVitality to offer a 5% discount on food with the "Great for You" label. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (3/19)
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Heart association endorses more beef cuts
The American Heart Association has added three cuts of beef to its Heart-Check program, bringing the number of cuts that can be marketed with the symbol to six. "Using strong, science-based guidelines and criteria, the American Heart Association has now certified six different beef cuts, and we will continue to support and apply scientific evidence to show consumers how they can eat healthfully with extra-lean beef," said Jeanne Harland, chairwoman of the Checkoff Nutrition and Health Subcommittee. Progressive Grocer (3/19)
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Supplier News
Monster and Rockstar become drinks, not supplements
Energy-drink brands Monster and Rockstar are being marketed as beverages, not dietary supplements, a change that allows them to avoid regulatory reporting about product safety. Monster cans also will disclose how much caffeine is in the drink. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/19)
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FMI Spotlight
Let's Put Our Plates Together call for entries
There remains time to submit your nomination for FMI's Gold Plate Award! FMI created the award to highlight outstanding programs that retailer and wholesaler members have implemented to encourage family meals. Nominated programs must demonstrate a positive impact in encouraging shoppers to make time for family meals. The deadline for nomination is April 15. More information can be found at FMIFamilyMeals.com or by contacting Cathy Polley at 202-220-0631.
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Answer to Tuesday's poll
Forty-six percent of retail stores publish some sort of newsletter about health and wellness. Does your company go above and beyond? Enter your program for the Gold Plate Award!
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What percentage of retail stores publish some sort of newsletter on health and wellness?
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46%  42.72%
96%  8.74%
Food Safety and Security
Miss. law mandates no food or drink restrictions
Mississippi has passed a law that bars cities and counties from placing restrictions on food and drinks. The law also says local jurisdictions can't force restaurants to post calorie counts. "It is simply not the role of government to micro-regulate citizens' dietary decisions," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "The responsibility for one's personal health depends on individual choices about a proper diet and appropriate exercise." The Sun Herald (Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.)/The Associated Press (3/19)
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-- Émile Chartier,
French philosopher and journalist
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