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August 10, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Sam's Club renews credit card program with GE Capital
    Sam's Club is continuing to offer private-label credit cards through a relationship with GE Capital Retail Bank, with the Retail Finance unit managing accounts and providing benefits for holders of Sam's Club and Discover cards. "Our members value having the convenience of a dedicated line of credit to use for all their in-club and online purchases, and we are pleased to continue providing these payment options through the renewal of our credit card program," said Alex Aguila, senior director of financial services at Sam's Club. Retailing Today (free registration) (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 33 Fresh & Easy stores take on shorter hours
    Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market reduced hours at 33 stores and adjusted the workforce accordingly, cutting jobs and moving workers to other stores. The locations, previously open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., for the most part, are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Supermarket News (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study shows confusion about functional food
    A study by iModerate Research Technologies found that consumers are unclear of the health benefits of functional food and skeptical of health claims associated with it. "While consumers know some of the basics and what to stay away from, there is a tremendous lack of practical information and education that would help break down the barriers for them, inspire purchases and create a loyal following," Vice President of Marketing Adam Rossow said. Progressive Grocer (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Fresh Grocer introduces field trip program Fresh Finds
    The Fresh Grocer is educating youngsters about food groups and nutrition through the newly launched Fresh Finds field trip program, for first- through third-graders. "Fresh Finds offers students the basic tools needed to make healthier choices and gives them a chance to try new foods that not only taste good but are also nutritious, affordable and available at their local grocery store," President and CEO Pat Burns said. Supermarket News (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study notes opportunity in healthful office snacks
    Office workers would benefit from the availability of healthful snacks, because they tend to reach for high-fat, high-sodium and high-sugar food when stressed, according to research from Herbalife and food psychologist Barbara Stewart-Knox. "If employers wish to keep their staff healthy, they should try to make healthy snacks readily available," said Gavin Stainton, Herbalife's director of product innovation. (U.K.) (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Campbell debuts pouched line Go! Soup
    Campbell Soup is launching Go! Soup, a line of fresh-flavored soup sold in a pouch that costs $2.99, about triple the price of canned soup. Go! Soup, in flavors including chorizo and golden lentils with madras curry, is meant to appeal to younger consumers with an adventurous taste. Bloomberg Businessweek (8/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Instacart sells subscription for free grocery delivery
    Instacart, a San Francisco grocery-delivery service, added a subscription program, Instacart Express. The program costs $99 annually for free delivery, waiving a $4 per-order fee for three-hour delivery. The move aims to remove the psychological barrier of paying for delivery. Instacart is available as an Apple iPhone application. CNET/Internet & Media blog (8/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Friday Fact: More consumers are slow cooking
    While the weather is hot, more consumers are turning on the slow cooker to prepare meals. According to our Power of Meat report, slow cooking increased 12% this year because of consumers purchasing cheaper cuts of meat. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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