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January 29, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Costco CEO defends sustainability efforts
    Costco Wholesale CEO Craig Jelinek, responding to a shareholder who considers sustainability "extreme environmentalism," says the retailer's sustainability initiatives do not mean higher prices for shoppers. "What we always try to do is reduce costs, and we believe by and large that most efforts we engage in are consistent with our efforts to lower costs," he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Giant Eagle marks 25 years of Apples for the Students
    Giant Eagle's Apples for the Students program, which lets shoppers earn points for their chosen school that can be redeemed for supplies, is in its 25th year. To mark the occasion, the grocery chain is adding events and contests that let schools win as much as $60,000. Progressive Grocer (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chief taps Spartan for grocery distribution
    Chief Super Market has chosen Spartan Stores as its wholesale grocery distributor, responsible for all Chief banners. "Chief is known for having strong grocery selections and well-merchandised stores, and we look forward to supporting their continued success with our broad selection of private-brand and national-brand products, as well as value-added services," Spartan President and CEO Dennis Eidson said. Progressive Grocer (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Peapod partners with Hellmann's on Super Bowl promo
    Peapod and Hellmann's have launched a promotion with dip recipes for the Super Bowl and a chance to win a cash prize. Facebook fans who participate in "The Big Game Showdown: Choose Your Dip Destiny" receive a code for a gift card and information on their "dip destiny." Progressive Grocer (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NuVal updates food-scoring system
    NuVal is updating its nutrition-rating system, which ranks food and drinks on a scale of 1 to 100 by including attributes such as low sodium and high in fiber. "The new systems are based on our comprehensive nutritional database, an exhaustive and up-to-date list of more than 100,000 foods that grows each week and comes with our commitment to maintain and grow that database," General Manager Mike Nugent said. Supermarket News (free registration)/Refresh blog (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Gourmet market Bee's Knees prepares to open
    Bee's Knees Supply, a 5,000-square-foot gourmet grocery, is set to open in February in Boston, selling items including homemade charcuterie and chocolate from on-site chocolatier Blue Tierra. "We're hand-selecting everything to be the best," Bee's Knees owner Jason Owens said. "We want guests to come in and not see what they would see in a Whole Foods or grocery store." Boston Herald (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  Supplier News 
  • Green Works campaign: Green is for everyone
    A print and digital ad campaign for Clorox brand Green Works tells consumers, "You don't have to be ridiculous to be green," after a survey found that some women feel more pressure to be green than to be thin. The company says it helps everyone be green with affordable products sold at mainstream retailers. Environmental Leader (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Newborn Clydesdale stars in Budweiser ad
    Budweiser is asking fans to name a newborn Clydesdale that stars in the Anheuser-Busch brand's Super Bowl ad. In Budweiser's inaugural tweet, followers are asked to name the young horse, which was born Jan. 16. Adweek (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • In 2011, how many dinners per week were cooked at home? Find the answer in FMI's Trends 2011 on Wednesday!
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