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August 9, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Trader Joe's increases focus on sustainable and local products
    Trader Joe's, which sells food that can't be found elsewhere and focuses on good prices and high quality, is moving toward removing nonsustainable products from its mix. The company also buys some fresh food within 150 miles of its warehouses and signed the Fair Food Agreement, which benefits tomato pickers in Florida. (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safeway shelves 3-cent fuel discount
    Safeway ended a program giving Club Card holders 3 cents off per gallon. A judge ordered a temporary injunction in a lawsuit from a California gas station owner alleging the program was unfair to competitors. "Although on Aug. 1 we announced that we were ending our 3-cent fuel-discount program, the decision was not in response to any lawsuit or court order," Safeway representative Teena Massingill said. "Our customers can continue to earn significant fuel savings through our Gas Rewards program." CSP (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wegmans stores plan event to celebrate local tomatoes
    All 80 Wegmans Food Markets stores will host the Local Tomato Harvest this weekend, with tasting stations offering samples of locally grown tomatoes prepared in multiple ways. At some stores, local growers and suppliers will be on hand for the third and final event in the Taste the Flavors of Summer series. Supermarket News (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mintel offers advice for producers of meat substitutes
    Makers of meat substitutes can benefit from a message of indulgence, health and convenience, said Mintel Group, which found that many consumers shy away from meat substitutes on the belief that they are bland. "Having established a health-based proposition, there is now an opportunity for the category to further explore enjoyment and indulgence to attract and entrench both meat eaters and vegetarians," said David Jago, director of innovation and insight at the market-analysis firm. FoodNavigator (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Program by Fla. nonprofit benefits low-income shoppers
    The nonprofit Harvest Food & Outreach Center established the Cost Share Grocery Program, a 6,000-square-foot facility in Stuart, Fla., that gives discounts on food to low-income families. Regional Development Director Vicki Hoyos said customers include single parents, people who are unemployed or underemployed and "older folks who aren't able to increase their incomes." (Fort Pierce, Fla.) (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • H-E-B seeks next round of wellness contestants
    H.E. Butt Grocery is looking for 25 participants for a 12-week program that gives $10,000 to the person with the greatest health improvement. The latest group of participants attended "Fit Camp" and are applying what they learned as they vie for the top prize, which will be announced in October. Supermarket News (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cholesterol level among youths drops slightly, CDC says
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers assessed data on more than 16,000 people ages 6 to 19 and found that the rate of high total cholesterol slightly declined, from 11% to 8%, from 1988 to 2010. The finding appears in The Journal of the American Medical Association. One expert who wrote an editorial on the finding said that although the improvement is important, it might be outpaced by the impact of excess weight and pediatric obesity. MedPage Today (free registration) (8/7), Yahoo!/Reuters (8/7), U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Nestle maintains outlook, citing "challenging" environment
    Nestle's profit increased 8.9% in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, while sales gained 7.5%. The company kept its outlook of organic sales growth at 5% to 6%. "North America remains challenging, but we saw a slight improvement in growth [in the second quarter] over the first quarter," Chief Financial Officer Wan Ling Martello said. The Wall Street Journal (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quotes get arty with Ovaltine app
    Ovaltine has launched an application on Facebook that helps parents turn quotes from children to digital art that can be shared on social media. "Our research showed that moms are very cued into the things their kids say, as signposts of kids' emotional and social development, but they're constantly bemoaning the fact that they can't quite remember all of the adorable, brilliant, insightful things their kids say," said Jim Sollisch, vice president and senior creative director for Marcus Thomas, the agency that created the campaign. "There are plenty of tools for capturing kids' visual moments, but up to now, none for capturing the words." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • 52% of customers use technology when grocery shopping
    According to U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012, 32% are using it to check for online coupons. Find more consumer research at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What do you think customers use technology for most when grocery shopping?
    Online coupons  51.92%
    Finding recipes  21.15%
    Competitive prices  20.19%
    Creating shopping lists  6.73%
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  Global Update 
  • Woolworths opens its first grocery drive-thru
    Woolworths opened a drive-thru window at a store at Woolworths Warringah Mall in Sydney, letting click-and-collect online shoppers pick up purchases without leaving the car. "Customers are constantly telling us that they want more flexibility around how and when they shop," said Brian Sturrock, national online operations manager. Inside Retailing Online (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The good die young but not always. The wicked prevail but not consistently."
--Helen Hayes,
American actress

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