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August 14, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Amaize Sweet Corn pops up exclusively at Tops
    Amaize Sweet Corn, developed over 20 years by Crookham in Caldwell, Iowa, and grown by Eden Valley Growers in Eden, N.Y., is being sold exclusively at Tops Markets for about two weeks. "It took five generations and a good deal of work with the natural breeding process, but we've discovered corn that offers uniquely delicious flavor, texture and bite," Crookham President George Crookham said. "And more importantly, we are pleased to partner with local growers and retailers who are committed to delivering great quality." Progressive Grocer (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 96,500-square-foot store in Iowa becomes Hy-Vee's largest
    Hy-Vee opened its largest location today, a 96,500-square-foot store in Urbandale, Iowa, and might bring the format elsewhere. The store has the chain's first table-service restaurant, as well as an oatmeal bar, a sushi bar and larger meat and seafood departments, with value-added items. Supermarket News (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • United Supermarkets revamps corporate and banner websites
    United Supermarkets updated websites for banners United Supermarkets, Amigos and Market Street to include more recipes, easier navigation and the ability to sign up for cooking classes and dietitian tours. The company also revamped its corporate website and added an Apple iPhone application for Texas shoppers. (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Supermarket chains face pension deficit
    Kroger, Safeway and SUPERVALU are at the top of a ranking by Fitch Ratings of companies with underfunded pensions. The funds require larger contributions that "could grow at a rate that cannot be fully offset by smaller increases in wage rates or healthcare costs, resulting in a creeping increase in overall labor costs," according to Fitch. Supermarket News (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mountain Dew can changes color when chilled
    Mountain Dew tapped Chromatic Technologies for a can with a symbol that changes color when the temperature drops to 46.4 degrees or colder. The limited-edition, 16-ounce can "enhances the credibility of the brand," said Mountain Dew's art director, Mike Gottschalk. "Graphics are one thing, but interesting inks and structural innovation provide a whole new meaning to our successful brand marketing efforts." Progressive Grocer (8/13), Beverage World Publications Group (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Government will buy meat to help farmers, Obama says
    President Barack Obama said the USDA will help farmers suffering because of drought by buying meat and catfish totaling $170 million. "We'll freeze it for later -- but we've got a lot of freezers," he said while campaigning in Iowa. "That will help ranchers, you know, who are going through tough times right now." Bloomberg Businessweek (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lab-grown meat moves closer to market
    Gabor Forgacs, a Hungarian-born scientist working at the University of Missouri, has produced and eaten lab-grown meat and is attracting investors to his company, Modern Meadows. "This product isn't going to be for the masses at the beginning; it's going to be for eco-conscious people and people who don't eat meat for ethical reasons," he said. ABC News (8/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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