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January 9, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Supermarket-restaurant partnerships are on the rise
    Quickservice restaurants are expected to open more branches at supermarkets and convenience stores, according to Nation's Restaurant News. Caribou Coffee is opening at Chicago Jewel-Osco stores, while Checkers Drive-In is among restaurants establishing a branch at Wal-Mart Stores. The Huffington Post (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Buechel becomes CIO and global VP at Whole Foods
    Jason Buechel, most recently a senior executive and managing director at Accenture, is joining Whole Foods Market as chief information officer and global vice president. "In addition to enhancing our existing [information technology] capabilities, Jason will play a significant role in helping expand and improve our customer experience through the use of technology," co-CEO Walter Robb said. Progressive Grocer (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dairy alternatives move beyond soy
    Dairy-alternative products represented 5% of dairy launches in 2012, with soy the primary or secondary ingredient in 78% of them, according to Innova Market Insights. However, interest is growing in dairy alternatives made with ingredients including almonds, rice, oats, barley, hazelnuts and walnuts. (free registration) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • University must offer allergen-free food, DOJ says
    The Department of Justice ruled in a settlement that Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., must provide gluten- and allergen-free food for students with food allergies under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The settlement, which also requires Lesley to pay $50,000 to students who filed the claim, "puts all universities on notice that they're going to have to make these accommodations for students with celiac, gluten sensitivity and other food allergies," said Marilyn Geller, chief operating officer of the Celiac Disease Foundation. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Yogurt with omega-3 is linked to heart health
    In a study published in Clinical Nutrition, participants who ate yogurt enriched with omega-3 daily for 10 weeks saw improvement in cholesterol and triglycerides. "This could be good news for individuals looking for an alternative to taking a supplement every day," said Harry Rice of the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s. (France) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Vidal Sassoon adds "salon-inspired" line
    The Vidal Sassoon Pro Series, with five products for hair coloring, styling and caring, is being launched this month by Procter & Gamble, with items costing $2.49 to $8.99. "Building on Vidal Sassoon's unique vision that democratized beauty for all, we created a line of salon-inspired products that are affordable, accessible and inspire women to become the master of their own hair," said Walter Geiger, P&G's general manager of hair care and color for North America. Drug Store News (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Scope freshens up Facebook following with mobile ads
    Procter & Gamble's Scope brand is tapping mobile ads to boost its following on Facebook. The ads use mobile video to draw consumers in, then prompt them to "like" the brand on Facebook. "Mobile lets us reach our target audience, who are heavy social media users and likely accessing information across multiple platforms," says P&G marketer Rishi Dhingra. Mobile Marketer (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Meat Conference: Food culture and insecurity
    The 2013 Meat Conference, hosted by FMI and AMI from Feb. 24 to 26 in Nashville, Tenn., will take a high-level look at issues and opportunities in the food world. Hear from The Hartman Group on food culture in society and Elanco on a greater need for food by 2050. Learn more and register at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Farm-bill extension is considered stalemate
    Congress extended parts of the farm bill for nine months instead of renewing it for five years, a move considered a stalemate by advocates for reform as well as representatives of large farms. Lawmakers considered ending direct subsidies and increasing crop insurance, but they extended subsidies instead. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin."
--Barbara Kingsolver,
American novelist, essayist and poet

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