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November 14, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Grocery landscape changes in Mass.
    Massachusetts, like many other states, is seeing more grocery competition from nontraditional sources. Specialty retailers such as Whole Foods Market and Wegmans Food Markets are opening more stores, as are discounters such as Save-A-Lot, ALDI and PriceRite. However, local chain Shaw's Supermarkets has eliminated 700 jobs, while Johnnie's Foodmaster, also a local chain, is going out of business. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stater Bros. renovations boost efficiency
    Stater Bros. Markets remodeled nine stores, adding energy-efficient refrigerators and freezers and enhancing the interior with wider aisles and a more spacious feel. Similar renovations, which do not change square footage, will be complete at two more stores by year-end. Progressive Grocer (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weis prepares to open first LEED-certified store
    Weis Markets will open its first store with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification Dec. 9 in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. The 65,800-square-foot store in Fogelsville will incorporate environmentally sensitive features that save water, cut energy use and improve indoor air quality. Progressive Grocer (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Voluntary guidelines address digital couponing
    The Joint Industry Coupon Committee has released voluntary guidelines for digital-coupon use, aimed at improving consumer and retail experiences and reducing fraud. "Digital coupons add a welcomed high-tech layer of ease to the couponing adventure, but also introduce new possibilities of fraud that this set of guidelines seeks to address, keeping coupon use fair and simple for all consumers," FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said. Supermarket News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study examines Latinas' purchases of beauty products
    A study of beauty-product purchasing by Latinas found that 54% like getting help from brand representatives at department stores, while 45% are influenced by celebrity endorsements. "Latinas are not early adopters who shop everywhere; they are beauty junkies who do their research and want to know all the product details," said Maria Marrero, editor-in-chief of Spanish-language magazine Siempre Mujer, which conducted the study. "Beauty is a state of mind, a fabric of Hispanic culture." Drug Store News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Having carbs mostly at dinner lowers weight, inflammatory markers
    Participants who ate carbohydrates mostly at dinner showed lower hunger scores compared with those who ate carbohydrates throughout the day, a study indicated. Researchers also noted better weight, waist circumference and body fat measures and biochemical and inflammatory markers in those who ate carbohydrates at dinner than those in the control group. The findings appear in Obesity and in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. Yahoo/Asian News International (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • P&G sets goal of sustainable pulp
    Procter & Gamble says that by 2015, it will use only tree pulp that has been certified as sustainable by a third party. The company began in 2006 requiring certification from suppliers that manage forests. Environmental Leader (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • One Direction: Colgate MaxFresh makes you beautiful
    Colgate-Palmolive launched 1D Colgate MaxFresh toothbrushes and toothpaste in a co-branding effort with pop group One Direction, known for the song "What Makes You Beautiful." The products, available only in the U.S., "add some fun to teens' and tweens' brushing regimens," said Philip Durocher, vice president and general manager for U.S. oral care. Drug Store News (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • FTC cracks down on brands' overhyped health claims
    David Vladeck, director of the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, has made good on his promise to hold companies accountable for making unproven claims of products' health or fitness benefits. The FTC has clarified the kind of scientific evidence with which companies must back up health claims as it has handled cases against Nestlé, Kellogg's, Reebok, POM Wonderful and others. Instead of simply asking manufacturers to stop making the claims, the FTC has sought large fines and full consumer refunds. Adweek (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Brendan Francis Behan,
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