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December 17, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • La. store combines "different elements"
    After the Cormie's store burned down in Louisiana in early 2011, Brookshire Brothers helped rebuild it, creating a concept store that combines fresh food departments, a bait shop, a gas station, and other grocery and convenience store elements. "Cormie's is the 'new normal' in retail," said Brookshire Brothers Chief Operating Officer Jerry Johnson. "It carries what the customers in that area want...," he added. Progressive Grocer (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Growers bring back American chestnuts
    American chestnuts, decimated by blight in the early 1900s, are being grown again as farmers figure out how to prevent disease and consumers discover their health benefits. "There's a steady and consistent growth, in the number of growers, the number of acres, and the number of people who are buying chestnuts," said Michael Gold, forestry professor at the University of Missouri. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Kroger offers savings to customers with diabetes
    Kroger customers with diabetes and private insurance now have a co-pay of just $4 for Kroger Premium test strips, used to monitor their blood glucose levels. "We listen to our customers and one of their main worries is that their co-pay on blood glucose test strips continues to rise," said pharmacy marketing manager Teri Rose. "Our Kroger $4 co-pay program immediately addresses that situation." Progressive Grocer (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Diet Pepsi gets new sweetener mix
    PepsiCo has changed the sweetener in Diet Pepsi from aspartame to a combination of aspartame and acesulfame potassium, said to prolong the drink's fresh taste without changing its flavor. The company has been quiet about the shift, but said in a statement it was being made to "ensure consistency with every sip.” The Washington Post/The Associated Press (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Solutions 
  • Sierra Nevada freshens website
    Craft beer brewer Sierra Nevada has teamed with Digital Kitchen to update its website for the first time in 10 years, adding a four-minute documentary about the brand. The 30-year-old company, based in California, is opening a brewery in North Carolina to boost East Coast distribution. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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