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December 28, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Coborn's acquires Mike's Super Valu in Watford City, N.D.
    Minnesota-based Coborn's plans to buy the Mike's Super Valu in Watford City, N.D., and convert it to a Cash Wise store. Coborn's is expanding in North Dakota and said previously it will build five new Cash Wise grocery stores. Mike's Super Valu has 40 employees, who will be transferred to a Cash Wise store set to open next year. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Grocery stores launch New Year's Eve promotions
    Retailers have begun rolling out New Year's promotions, including one from Giant Eagle that offers "New Year's Eve Good Luck Pretzels" for $4.99 each. H-E-B of San Antonio is offering a 10% discount on sparkling wine and champagne, while Hy-Vee in Iowa is putting out a circular offering specials on party food such as shrimp, appetizers and beer. Supermarket News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hidden retail trends for 2013
    MomPopolies and Glocalism are among two of next year's trends that retail marketers may miss, according to a report from Colloquy on under-the-radar trends reshaping consumer behavior. MomPopolies are local establishments that engage consumers as well or better than national brands, while Glocalism is the concept that distant happenings can affect local business. Progressive Grocer (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Healthfulness dominates predictions of 2013 food-product trends
    Food manufacturers can expect rising commodity prices and an increased focus by lawmakers on salt, fat and sugar levels as obesity continues to climb in 2013, Leatherhead Food Research predicts. An overall trend toward health and wellness is expected to provide growth areas in natural foods, functional foods, low-fat and low-sugar food products, Fair Trade products and food products with health benefits specifically geared for seniors, Leatherhead predicts. (U.K.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Solutions 
  • SMS is a powerful marketing tool, says Coke strategist
    Newfangled mobile marketing solutions are useful, but old-school SMS messages remain one of mobile marketers' most powerful tools, says Coca-Cola brand strategist Kim Siler. "It's a ubiquitous format you can use to reach 98% of consumers," she explains. "It's much more personal and much more integrated into what a consumer is already doing in their daily lives." MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • 89% of retailers donate to food banks out of concern for hunger in the community
    Learn more about the partnership between food banks and local supermarkets by downloading the free Decades of Donations report in the FMI Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What is your company's primary reason for donating to food banks?
    Being a good corporate citizen  35.38%
    Concern about hunger  32.31%
    Part of overall philanthropic/contribution program  15.38%
    Part of overall public relations program  9.23%
    Part of overall sustainability program  7.69%
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • New FDA registration deadline around the corner
    Food manufacturers have until Jan. 31 to register with the Food and Drug Administration as part of the new Food Safety Modernization Act. Companies that produce, process or package food are encouraged to research the new requirements. "Don't just assume you are covered because your industry is regulated by agencies other than the FDA," said FDA Solutions Group Managing Director Ann Marie Gaitan. (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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No one has the right to be sorry for himself for a misfortune that strikes everyone."
--Marcus Tullius Cicero,
Roman philosopher and statesman

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