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December 6, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Fresh & Easy CEO departs amid possible closure
    Tesco confirmed that it is considering selling or shuttering 200-store chain Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market. Meanwhile, Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason has departed. "It is now clear that Fresh & Easy will not deliver acceptable shareholder returns on an appropriate time frame in its current form," Tesco CEO Philip Clarke said. Progressive Grocer (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mid-Atlantic gets its first Kroger Marketplace
    Kroger has opened its first mid-Atlantic Kroger Marketplace in Richmond, Va., and plans to open at least 10 more by 2018. "We want to make it fun by appealing to the customer's five senses," Vice President of Merchandising Valerie Jabbar said. The 123,600-square-foot store has nongrocery departments including furniture, toys and garden items. Virginia Business (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • My Street Grocery rolls in with fresh food
    My Street Grocery, launched in May, is a mobile grocer that brings fresh food to underserved communities in Portland, Ore. "One of the things that was a surprise to us, that maybe shouldn't have been, is that a lack of access can be a result of a lack of time," co-founder Eric Johnson said. "There are a lot of really busy families out there who probably don't eat the way they should simply because they feel like they don't have time to do it." Supermarket News (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Researchers: Non-nutritive sweeteners can aid in weight control
    Non-nutritive artificial sweeteners in functional foods and beverages can help in weight management and diabetes prevention, University of Copenhagen researchers reported in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition & Metabolic Care. Results of an animal study, released last week, suggest that the sweeteners could be linked to weight gain, but researchers said most intervention studies have shown they do not stimulate hunger compared with sucrose. FoodNavigator (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Starbucks boosts sales with grocery display
    Starbucks is testing a grocery end cap modeled after the coffee chain's decor. The display, in 12 cities, uses a wooden border and a fake-tile backsplash to mimic the warm interior of a coffee shop and lets Starbucks products stand out. Jeff Hansberry, president of channel development and emerging brands, says the end cap sells coffee at two to three times the normal rate. The Wall Street Journal (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Little Lady Foods plans clientcentric website
    Contract food-maker Little Lady Foods will launch a website that highlights its custom approach to working with clients. "The website is a reflection of our core philosophy -- serving our customers better and giving potential businesses yet another reason to trust us to create best-selling products, from frozen pizza to sweets and meats and other products made with flour and water, and the highest-quality ingredients," said Peter Cokinos, vice president of sales and marketing. Progressive Grocer (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs  
  • Soft drink restrictions create logistical hurdles
    New York City's ban on selling soft drinks in servings larger than 16 ounces is creating logistical difficulties for restaurants and beverage companies. The groups say they would need about three months to make the changes, and are asking a judge to hear oral arguments in December rather than January on a case seeking to overturn the law, which would go into effect in March. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Extended deadline: Community Outreach Awards
    The deadline for FMI's reinstituted Community Outreach Awards has been extended to Dec. 14. Share good news in your community across the categories of youth development, food insecurity and neighborhood health. Learn more and nominate at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Foreign supermarkets pass test in India
    In a nonbinding vote, India's lower house of parliament approved a plan to allow foreign supermarkets. The vote was seen as a test of support for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his financial-reform strategy. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
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--Norman Douglas,
British writer

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