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August 8, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Hy-Vee prepares to open bigger and better store in Iowa
    Hy-Vee will open a store next week in Urbandale, Iowa, that is 95,235 square feet, is open 24 hours and has features including a gelato shop, Wi-Fi, a full-service restaurant and a station for cooking demonstrations and education sessions. The store replaces an older Hy-Vee at the site and will soon be accompanied by a convenience store and gas station, as well as a greenhouse. The Des Moines Register (Iowa) (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Every Westside Market NYC store gets male-centered end cap
    Westside Market NYC created an end cap at every store with products for men. "We realize that men don't shop with lists and they hate shopping, so we figured we'd make it easy on them," CEO George Zoitas said of the end cap, which is near refrigerated beer and contains items including personal-care products, cereal, charcoal and snacks. Supermarket News (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ingles store in N.C. is honored for energy efficiency
    The Environmental Protection Agency recognized an Ingles Markets store in Mills River, N.C., with Energy Star certification. "Energy efficiency is a priority for Ingles Markets, and the Energy Star certification highlights our goal of building energy efficient stores," CEO Robert Ingle II said. Supermarket News (8/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Private Brands 
 
  • FMI plans Private Brands Business Conference in November
    FMI scheduled the 2012 Private Brands Business Conference for Nov. 13 and 14 in Rosemont, Ill. The conference is expected to be a "unique forum for collaborative discussions with executives from retailer, wholesaler and supplier companies to develop strategies that drive growth, profitability and product innovation through private pre-scheduled meetings," according to FMI. Progressive Grocer/Store Brands (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Stop & Shop campaign brings healthy food to communities
    Stop & Shop Supermarket updated its annual Food for Friends program to focus on healthy food, renaming it Healthy Ideas Food for Friends. For $10, shoppers can purchase a box for donation filled with Healthy Ideas Stop & Shop items, or they can also donate cash for hunger-relief organizations. GroceryHeadquarters.com (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Publix balloons give Children's Miracle Network a lift
    Publix Super Markets said its annual campaign supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals raised $2.5 million this year, a 25% increase compared with 2011. Customers paid $1, $3 and $5 for a paper balloon at checkout to support medical equipment, research and care. Progressive Grocer (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Clorox introduces concentrated bleach
    Clorox has introduced concentrated bleach made with less water and packaged in smaller containers that use less plastic. "The new concentrated bleach is just a more modern version of the same quality product that has been around for 100 years," said Benno Dorer, senior vice president of the Clorox cleaning division. Drug Store News (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government Affairs  
  • Corn shortage prompts call for ethanol waiver
    In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, 25 senators called for a one-year waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard, amid a drought that is decimating the corn crop. "As stressful weather conditions continue to push corn yield lower and prices upward, the economic ramifications for consumers, livestock and poultry producers, food manufacturers and foodservice providers will be more severe," according to the letter, which notes that 40% of the corn crop is used for ethanol. Supermarket News (8/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • What do you think customers use technology for most when grocery shopping?
Online coupons
Competitive prices
Creating shopping lists
Finding recipes

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