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December 13, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Haggen reportedly creates 3-member "office of president"
    According to published reports, Haggen has tapped three people to fill the "office of president," succeeding Clarence "Gabe" Gabriel, president and CEO since February 2011. The three will keep their responsibilities and titles: John Turley, chief operating officer; Clement Stevens, senior vice president of merchandising; and Ron Stevens, chief financial officer and chief information officer. Supermarket News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ASDA taps Webcollage for online content
    Webcollage has been chosen to provide online features and descriptions on thousands of products for ASDA, the U.K. subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores. Content provided by Webcollage to Wal-Mart in the U.S. was accessed 107 million times in 2011. Supermarket News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Whole Foods is recognized for cosmetic safety
    Whole Foods Market is the top retailer of nontoxic cosmetics, earning 9 of 10 "kisses" in a ranking by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. The high score was achieved through practices such as keeping more than 400 chemicals of concern from premium products and communicating goals and progress to the public. Environmental Leader (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Midwestern drought is 2012's top food story
    In a Hunter Public Relations survey of 1,000 consumers, the top food story of 2012 is drought in the Midwest, ranked No. 1 by 43% of respondents. Following that are concerns about "pink slime" and genetic modification of ingredients. Also cited as top stories are first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, New York City's soda-size restriction and social media's rising influence. Supermarket News (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Ridley's buys Kohler's in Highland, Utah
    The Kohler's grocery in Highland, Utah, which opened in 1994, will become a Ridley's Family Markets store Dec. 31. The Kohler's store in Lehi, Utah, will remain as such. Ridley's, with locations in Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho, likely will upgrade the store and keep most or all employees, Kohler's Manager Kevin Johnson says. The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Dietitians aren't sold on benefits of "ancient" grains
    "Ancient" grains, which were domesticated thousands of years ago, are popping up in breads, pastas and even cookies on grocery store shelves around the nation, but their nutritional benefits can't always justify their hefty prices. While some ancient-grain producers claim they are safe for gluten-free consumers, many dietitians aren't buying that the grains are any better than modern whole wheat. The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RDs offer tips for managing weight gain during holidays
    Cleveland Clinic registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick advises people to weigh themselves every other day during the holidays to encourage mindful eating and avoid packing on extra pounds. Dietitians say people can maintain their current weight by watching portion sizes and calories from beverages and getting some physical activity. Palm Beach Daily News (Fla.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Truvia campaign seeks fan help
    Truvia has launched a "Turn the Town Truvia" sweepstakes on Facebook, which fans can enter by suggesting restaurants or bars that should carry the sweetener. While the promotion is focusing on specific cities, anyone in the U.S. can enter for the chance to win $50 gift cards or grand prizes of $5,000. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • General Mills seeks natural preservative
    General Mills has put a request on its open innovation platform for an all-natural formulation to prevent yeast and mold growth on fruit-based foods in dry packages. Potential partners have until April 30 to submit proposals. FoodNavigator (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Celebrate your workers with big ideas: FMI Store Manager Awards
    This year's recipients excelled at generating sales growth, engaging staff and helping the community. Recognize a store manager who goes above and beyond with the 2013 Store Manager Awards. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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