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November 5, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Giant Eagle debuts budget concept in Pittsburgh
    Giant Eagle opened Good Cents Grocery + More in Pittsburgh, calling it "the missing link between discount stores and supermarkets." The low-cost store offers deli, meat and cheese products as well as a 3,800-square-foot produce section, with more than 230 conventional and organic items. Progressive Grocer (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocer seeks community aid to open in Calif. food desert
    A grocery planned in Oakland, Calif., is looking to the community for investors to open in a food desert with nearly half of the population overweight or obese. The for-profit People's Community Market needs $1.2 million to receive a loan from the California FreshWorks Fund for the rest of $3.6 million necessary to build the 15,000-square-foot store, which the company hopes will become a community hub. "The plan is not just to offer a fun, positive space but a venue that we make available for social supports necessary for people to make progress in becoming healthier," founder and CEO Brahm Ahmadi said. FastCoExist (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend-Spotter 
  • Multichannel grocers lead among "power retailers"
    Manufacturers expect Wal-Mart Stores, Target, Kroger and Costco Wholesale to be the top "power retailers" during the next 15 years, according to Kantar Retail's 2012 U.S. PoweRanking report. Publix Super Markets and ALDI also are in the top 10. The report reflects manufacturers' view that multichannel and discount stores have fared well. Progressive Grocer (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Fresh Ideas 
  • Oyster interest and harvests soar
    Oyster harvests are at their greatest in recent history, thanks to a surge in interest from growers and increasing demand for fresh oysters at restaurants. Oyster aficionados also have contributed to the boom, focusing on "merroir," the flavor that an oyster gets from its unique environment. In Chesapeake Bay, oysters farmed annually increased from 5 million to 23 million in five years. The Wall Street Journal (11/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Walgreen introduces green private label
    Walgreen is launching a private line of green baby and cleaning products in response to a consumer trend toward products made without harmful chemicals or made from renewable resources. The line, Ology, includes body wash, laundry detergent, glass cleaner and toilet paper. Reuters (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Mio crashes liquid drink-mix category, spawning imitators
    Kraft Foods Group's Mio liquid water enhancer has become so popular so quickly, brands such as Coca-Cola are upping the ante, writes Natalie Zmuda. Declared "one of our most successful new products ever" by Kraft CEO Tony Vernon, Mio has garnered a 12.28% fruit-drink-mix market share. Coca-Cola will use an integrated marketing campaign to promote its new, similar offering, Dasani Drops. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Call for entries: Celebrate your store's community involvement
    FMI is re-instituting the Community Outreach Awards, a program to celebrate outstanding commitment and contribution from supermarkets to their neighborhoods. To learn more about nomination categories and the $1,000 prize, visit FMI.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Tesco offers delivery for commuters
    Tesco introduced Commuter Zone, a section on its website that is part of the U.K. grocer's delivery service. Offerings include a limited number of popular items, such as cereal and sushi, for busy shoppers who want to avoid stopping by the supermarket. "Our new Commuter Zone is the latest way we're helping customers to manage their time, by pulling together a range of high-quality products and categorizing them to reflect the working week," Director of Internet Retailing Ken Towle said. The Retail Bulletin (11/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety and Security 
  • Online database accelerates food-recall process
    Faster responses to product recalls are being facilitated by the Rapid Recall Exchange, an online service developed by FMI and GS1 US, with support from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, to standardize and speed up communication between food retailers and manufacturers. The database focuses on user authentication as a way to verify that the correct person at a company has received information about a recall. Food Quality magazine (October/November 2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
Mere longevity is a good thing for those who watch life from the sidelines. For those who play the game, an hour may be a year, a single day's work an achievement for eternity."
--Gabriel Heatter,
American radio commentator


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