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November 1, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Another Mariano's opens near downtown Chicago
    A Mariano's Fresh Market store has opened in the West Loop of Chicago, an area that is seeing increasing grocery competition, including Dominick's and Wal-Mart Stores Neighborhood Market. Bob Mariano, CEO of Mariano's parent Roundy's Supermarkets, is also planning a store in the South Loop, where there is even more competition. "There's still an unmet need in a lot of neighborhoods," Mariano said. Chicago Journal (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sandy forces Fresh Grocer to postpone opening
    Because of superstorm Sandy, The Fresh Grocer is moving the opening of a store in New Brunswick, N.J., from Friday to Monday. "We ask that you please join us in keeping those who have been affected by Sandy in your thoughts and prayers," President and CEO Patrick Burns said. "The new store will open on Monday, and it will certainly be worth the wait." Supermarket News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FMI chooses Shepard Exposition Services for 2014
    FMI selected Shepard Exposition Services as its partner for FMI2014, scheduled June 11 to 13, 2014, in Chicago. "It was obvious during the bidding process that the Shepard culture specifically addresses the needs of FMI and our exhibitor community by enhancing our FMI2014 show-floor engagement and appealing to all five senses," said Dagmar Farr, FMI's senior vice president of member services. Progressive Grocer (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • MOM's expands with store in Waldorf, Md.
    A MOM's Organic Market store opened in Waldorf, Md., the 10th store in the chain, which has locations in the Baltimore and Washington region. The grocer is known for organic produce, bulk food, sustainable seafood, and grass-fed meat and dairy products. Progressive Grocer (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Drinking thick beverages may bolster satiety
    A study in the journal Flavour revealed drinks with thicker viscosity may help boost satiety and sustain it for longer periods compared with thinner drinks. Drinks with creamy consistency also appeared to increase the participants' expectations about satiety, but not as much as thicker beverages, researchers noted. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Unilever announces foodservice giveaway
    Unilever Food Solutions is giving free branded merchandise and a chance to win $1,000 in a sweepstakes. Operators can choose merchandise at, and they will automatically be entered in the sweepstakes when they complete an order. Convenience Store News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Anheuser-Busch wins Chicago distribution dispute
    The Illinois Liquor Control Commission has sided with Anheuser-Busch InBev, saying the company can keep a 30% stake in WEDCO, which distributes in the Chicago area. Opponents had argued that brewers cannot also be distributors under state law. Chicago Sun-Times (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology Solutions 
  • Longo's launches shopping app
    Canada's Longo's Fruit Markets partnered with digital shopper marketer Unata to develop a mobile application for online shopping. With the Grocery Gateway app, shoppers can review orders, purchase with a credit card and schedule delivery. Supermarket News (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Need more education? Find it online through FMI's On-Demand Online Training
    Need to improve perimeter-store sales? Looking for compliance-training resources? Courses for store-level and management associates are available through in areas such as leadership, sales, safety, pharmacy and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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