Giant Eagle lowers prices and boosts donations | Study: Almost a quarter of families go organic to avoid GMOs | Study shows Mediterranean-style diet can be economical
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March 22, 2013
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Retail Beat
Tesco might sell Fresh & Easy
In an e-mail to shoppers, Tesco says it is considering selling Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. Launched five years ago, the chain has about 200 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada but has lost about $2 billion. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21)
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Giant Eagle lowers prices and boosts donations
Giant Eagle is cutting the everyday price of about 3,000 common items by 15% and also is increasing food-bank donations by 500,000 meals. "Today's actions simultaneously provide additional value to our customers with lowered everyday prices that are here to stay and much-needed hunger relief for those who are helped by our regional food-bank partners," spokesman Rob Borella said. Progressive Grocer (3/21)
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Trend-Spotter
Study: Almost a quarter of families go organic to avoid GMOs
According to a study, 32% of parents who learn from the news about genetically modified organisms increase purchases of organic food and drinks. The U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2013 Tracking Study says 22% of shoppers choose organic food to avoid GMOs. Progressive Grocer (3/21)
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Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy
Study shows Mediterranean-style diet can be economical
A six-week Mediterranean-style cooking program that included providing healthy recipes and ingredients to make home meals helped study participants reduce food costs by more than half, rely less on food banks and lose weight over 34 weeks, according to registered dietitian Mary Flynn, who co-authored the study published in the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. Flynn said the study shows it is cost-effective to include a few plant-based meals in the food budget each week. RedOrbit (3/20)
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Extra carbs in childhood could have long-term effects
Animal research seems to indicate that a high-carbohydrate diet early in life may lead to weight gain that cannot be reversed later on through dieting. "Our hypothesis has been that the introduction of baby foods too early in life increases carbohydrate intake, thereby boosting insulin secretion and causing metabolic programming that ... predisposes the child to obesity," said Dr. Mulchand Patel. The study was published in the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. MedicalDaily.com (3/19)
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Supplier News
Pepsi redesigns bottle for the first time in 16 years
Pepsi is changing the look and shape of its bottle for the first time since 1997, adding a swirled grip, shrinking the label and enlarging the logo. The rollout, which covers Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi Next, will start in April. "The longer-term view is this new design system would eventually hit all touch points beyond packaging," said Angelique Krembs, vice president of marketing for the Pepsi trademark. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/21)
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Hormel wins 2 supplier awards from Wal-Mart
Hormel Foods has been honored by Wal-Mart Stores as Food Supplier of the Year and Dry Grocery Supplier of the Year for fiscal 2013. The company was Supplier of the Year the previous year. Progressive Grocer (3/21)
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Technology Solutions
Wal-Mart expands smartphone scanning for checkout
Wal-Mart Stores, which began testing the Scan & Go system last year at about 70 stores, has expanded the test to more than 200 locations. The system, available only for Apple mobile devices, lets shoppers scan bar codes for self-checkout. The Denver Post/The Associated Press (3/20)
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Government Affairs
FMI and NGA tout menu labeling for restaurants, not retailers
FMI and the National Grocers Association have expressed support for menu-labeling legislation that would apply to restaurants but not food retailers. "The menu labeling rule imposes a billion dollar burden on supermarkets -- without even a penny's worth of consumer benefit quantified by FDA," according to a statement from FMI Regulatory Counsel Erik Lieberman. Progressive Grocer (3/21)
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