Meijer campaign supports food pantries | Safeway launches annual giving campaign | Soft drink volume still falling, but retail sales rise
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March 26, 2013
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Meijer campaign supports food pantries
When Meijer customers make a $10 Simply Give donation April 12 and 13, the retailer will give an additional $20 to food pantries. The program, launched in 2008, has supported about 200 food pantries in Meijer's five-state region, donating nearly $5 million. Progressive Grocer (3/25)
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Safeway launches annual giving campaign
Safeway is collecting shopper donations for its annual campaign that supports Easter Seals, Special Olympics and other organizations that help people with disabilities. The campaign raised $346,000 in 2012, and the retailer is hoping to pass that total this year. American City Business Journals/Phoenix (3/25)
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Shoppers seek tailored brand experience, survey finds
In an inContact survey, 56% of adults say they would consider switching brands in search of more options and channels. "Consumers expect more choices and more ways to interact with business today," CEO Paul Jarman said. "The smartest companies are quickly adapting to changing consumer behaviors and needs, extending customer service beyond just phone and e-mail to mobile [applications], text messaging, chat and social media." Progressive Grocer (3/25)
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Soft drink volume still falling, but retail sales rise
Soda volumes have fallen for the eighth consecutive year, but retail sales were up 1.8% because of price increases, according to Beverage Digest, which includes energy drinks in the $77 billion category. The report says Coke, commanding 17% of the market, is still the market leader, followed by Diet Coke and then Pepsi. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/25)
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Independent Operator Spotlight
Miki's Farm Fresh Market will close after 6 months
Miki's Farm Fresh Market in Palo Alto, Calif., is scheduled to close Monday after less than six months in operation. "We just didn't capture the audience like we should have," owner Michael "Miki" Werness said. The 18,000-square-foot store carries specialty and national-brand products. Palo Alto Daily News (Calif.) (3/26)
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Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy
High sodium is seen in most packaged toddler food
Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 70% of packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain more than 210 milligrams of sodium, and some have as much as 630 milligrams, or 40% of the recommended daily limit. The study looked at 572 products and also found that food for babies younger than 1 is relatively low in sodium. Food Business Review (3/25)
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Canola oil is linked to less belly fat
Researchers say high-oleic canola oil can reduce belly fat in adults when consumed in place of other oil. The study, presented at an American Heart Association event, found that adults who consumed such canola oil daily reduced belly fat by 1.6% over four weeks. (3/25)
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Supplier News
Kraft creates Temp Tee campaign for Passover
Kraft Foods Group cream cheese brand Temp Tee is launching a campaign with Jamie Geller, founder of the Kosher Media Network, with ideas for Passover meals. The digital campaign includes a recipe booklet that can be downloaded from the Joy of Kosher website. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/25)
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Pringles joins Kellogg foodservice offerings
Pringles, acquired by Kellogg in 2012, is available for foodservice in Original, Sour Cream & Onion and Cheddar Cheese flavors. (3/25)
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Technology Solutions
CVS/pharmacy launches iPad app with 3D view
CVS/pharmacy has launched an application for the iPad that gives users a 3D rendition of stores, allowing them to browse departments and access services. "Our app makes it unbelievably easy for customers to shop, fill prescriptions, manage their ExtraCare accounts and more through a highly personalized experience and 3D realism," said Brian Tilzer, senior vice president and chief digital officer. Drug Store News (3/25)
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