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January 2, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Publix plans second N.C. store
    Publix Super Markets, which announced in September that it would open its first North Carolina store in 2014 in Ballantyne, has signed a lease for a store in Charlotte, N.C. The 54,975-square-foot store is part of a shopping center that has underground and ground-level parking. Drug Store News (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iowa store combines barbecue and grocery
    Brad Connor, who ran Big Brad's BBQ out of a custom trailer for three years, has opened Big Brad's BBQ & Grocery in Kanawha, Iowa. "I didn't want Kanawha to be without a grocery store," said Connor, who took ownership of an existing grocery Nov. 1. "I got to looking at what I could do to supplement the barbecue business and decided to keep the grocery store going." The Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Prebiotic or probiotic diet might help type 1 diabetes patients
    Children with beta-cell autoimmunity showed reduced lactic acid- and butyric acid-producing bacteria compared with healthier peers in a study published in Diabetes. However, researchers said a special diet containing prebiotics or probiotics might correct abnormal gut microbiota in children with type 1 diabetes. (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fructose intake promotes hunger, study finds
    A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed fructose did not help lower blood flow in the appetite-regulating regions of the brain and failed to release satiety signals, whereas glucose did. The findings suggest fructose may contribute to the obesity epidemic by promoting hunger, food intake and insulin resistance, researchers said. The Daily Mail (London) (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Frieda's updates promotional-planning calendar
    Specialty-produce company Frieda's has revamped its promotional-planning calendar for 2013, creating a poster that shows when produce is in season and gives promotion ideas. "We know specialty produce can be a frustrating category to manage," President and CEO Karen Caplan said. "We listened to what our best clients told us they would like to see in an annual promotional planner, and we implemented their ideas." Progressive Grocer (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nestle U.K. exec looks to 2013
    Ciaran Sullivan, managing director of Nestle's confectionery unit in the U.K., says a "nice challenge" would be to surpass Mars and become No. 2 in the market. He also says 2013 will be "about consolidation." The company plans another Facebook contest to determine the next Kit Kat Chunky flavor. The Press (York, England) (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Marketers start combining TV and mobile
    Marketers are beginning to create campaigns that combine television and mobile elements. For example, Fox and NBCUniversal are piloting systems that let viewers use mobile devices to make purchases related to shows they are watching. "Connecting commerce to TV will grow and become more mainstream in 2013," said Sloane Kelley, interactive strategy director at BFG. (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs  
  • Tenn. considers supermarket wine sales
    Lawmakers in Tennessee are negotiating a bill that would let supermarkets sell wine, while allowing liquor stores to expand offerings to include beer and snacks. Chip Christianson, former president of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, says the deal would give wine lovers fewer choices. "Those bread-and-butter wines pay my rent and my electric bill," he said. "If I don't have those to sell, I cannot carry these esoteric brands that don't turn over very often." The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.) (free registration) (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Welcome to 2013!
    FMI is excited to dive into this year by providing members with more resources in government affairs, food safety, education and industry collaboration. Already around the corner is the 2013 Midwinter Executive Conference. See the FMI calendar for more 2013 events. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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