Closing arrives for sale of 5 SUPERVALU banners | A&P and foundation seek higher sustainability awareness by kids | Easter Bunny prefers bringing a custom basket
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March 21, 2013
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Closing arrives for sale of 5 SUPERVALU banners
Five SUPERVALU banners are being sold today to an investor group led by Albertsons LLC and Cerberus Capital Management, which will also purchase a stake of as much as 30% of SUPERVALU common stock. AB Acquisition will run the banners in two divisions: New Albertsons will supervise ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's and Star Market, and Albertsons LLC will oversee existing locations and take in Albertsons-banner stores. Supermarket News (free registration) (3/20)
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A&P and foundation seek higher sustainability awareness by kids
A partnership between A&P and the Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation aims to teach children about sustainability, as a law nears in Mamaroneck, N.Y., to ban nonbiodegradable bags. "This partnership will serve as a platform to build awareness and support for CELF's mission to educate K-12 students to become environmentally literate and prepare them with the critical-thinking skills and intellectual framework to face the most critical issues of the 21st century," said Katie Ginsberg, the foundation's executive director and founder. Progressive Grocer (3/20)
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Easter Bunny prefers bringing a custom basket
Among Americans, 31 million celebrate Easter by giving a basket, with 5% of the total prefilled. Most people prefer to build a personalized basket with candy and gifts, often spending less than budgeted on candy and overspending on gifts. Progressive Grocer (3/20)
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Independent Operator Spotlight
Downtown Greensboro, N.C., gets its first grocery
Deep Roots Market has opened in downtown Greensboro, N.C., the first grocery in the area. The co-op is owned by shoppers and offers natural and healthy prepared food. WFMY-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (3/18)
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Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy
Solutran program promotes good food choices with incentives
Solutran's loyalty program offers incentives to shoppers for purchasing healthful food by reducing the cost of such food and making the discount easy to obtain. "Until now, there hasn't been a way to drive healthy-eating behavior that has been profitable to all parties," said Dr. Robert Jeffery, director of the Obesity Prevention Center at the University of Minnesota. "Using this new technology, Solutran has finally provided the sustainable model we have been seeking." Progressive Grocer (3/20)
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Study shows healthiest, least-healthy counties in each state
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation analyzed county-based data to create a list of the healthiest and least-healthy counties in each state. They said least-healthy counties had higher mortality rates, more than 20% of children living in poverty, and higher rates of smoking and physical inactivity. USA Today (3/20)
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Supplier News
Starbucks will give credit for grocery-bought beans
Starbucks will soon give My Starbucks Rewards points to consumers who buy branded beans and ground coffee at the grocery, which they will be able to redeem at Starbucks coffee shops. The program will also launch at Teavana next month and will expand to other Starbucks products in the grocery aisle this fall, the company says. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/20)
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Miracle Whip brings its Dipping Sauces to life in print campaign
Mcgarrybowen's "Twisted Minds" print campaign for Kraft's Miracle Whip Dipping Sauces features hand-drawn "anarchist" pigs for Smokin' Bacon Ranch and other creative executions, writes Karlene Lukovitz. Scott Glenn, senior associate brand manager for Miracle Whip, says that print "over-indexes" for consumers of dipping sauces, and the brand is buying prominent placements in magazines such as People, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/20)
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Technology Solutions
Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's are recognized as green grocers
Food Lion, Harveys Supermarket and Reid's Groceries have been recognized for the 12th straight year with an Energy Star award from the Environmental Protection Agency. The award is given to organizations that exhibit leadership through the Energy Star program, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and establish an energy-efficiency plan. "Food Lion, Harveys and Reid's remain dedicated to environmental stewardship and are proud to continue to lead the way with energy-conservation initiatives," said Susan Sollenberger, Delhaize America South director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing. Progressive Grocer (3/19)
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2 p.m. Eastern today: Leadership-strategy webinar
As part of FMI's Future Connect webinar series, Heather Banfield of Korn/Ferry International and Krag Swartz of Lund Food Holdings will discuss leadership "pain points" and using competency for leadership development, recruitment and performance. Learn more and register at
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-- Kate Chopin,
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