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December 21, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Seafood sales surge during holidays
    Sales of fresh seafood have been increasing in recent years and are especially brisk during the holiday season, says Kenan Judge, Hy-Vee's assistant vice president of meat and seafood operations. "Seventy-five percent of the crab we sell each year is sold from December through New Year's," he said. ""Shrimp is huge at holiday time, and our fresh-oyster sales triple at this time of year." Progressive Grocer (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology allows pre-purchase wine tasting
    Chains including Wegmans Food Markets, Harris Teeter and H.E. Butt Grocery are installing Napa Technology's WineStation, which lets shoppers try wine before buying. "Savvy grocery stores realize that wine tastings create a celebratory atmosphere for their customers and lead to more bottle and case sales," said Jayne Portnoy, vice president of marketing and brand strategy at Napa Technology. Progressive Grocer (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report provides lessons on shopper experience
    Grocers are testing grounds "for all industries to figure out how to use meaningful experiences to create a path to loyalty and price premiums," said Paul D'Alessandro, U.S. customer-impact leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which issued a report on the topic, "Experience Radar 2013: Lessons from the U.S. Grocery Industry." The report discusses specific ways to enhance the customer experience, including improving convenience, creating a relationship and providing choice. MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Snacking and eating solo are among 2012 food trends
    A look at 2012 food trends by The Hartman Group found that "eating alone is fast becoming the new normal," and consumers are eating an average 2.53 snacks per day. Other trends include increased interest in shopping online, debate about sugar-sweetened drinks and the enduring appeal of fresh food. Convenience Store News (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Whole grains might reduce pre-diabetes risk
    Researchers found a lower risk of pre-diabetes in people who ate 59 grams of whole grains per day. "This is of great importance because pre-diabetes is increasing," said Tina Wirstroem, lead author of the study, which looked at 5,477 Stockholm residents over 10 years. Researchers also found that 1 in 13 participants became pre-diabetic, while 1 in 33 developed diabetes. Reuters (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Polar bears find their way back to Coca-Cola
    Coca-Cola plans to debut an ad starring its iconic animated polar bears Jan. 1 and has tapped director Ridley Scott for a six-minute version. "We are excited to be bringing back a much-loved Coca-Cola icon this new year," said Zoe Howorth, marketing director for Coca-Cola Great Britain. "The animated polar bears epitomize the cheerful, heartwarming atmosphere that Coca-Cola is hoping to bring to many families this winter." The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Marketing opportunities abound with apps
    With more shoppers researching and purchasing using mobile applications, marketers have opportunities to influence purchases by offering deals and sending messages. "Those brands that delight each consumer by taking advantage of the mobile opportunity, creating a great shopping experience across all platforms, reaching customers in the aisle, and then serving and rewarding them, will earn their loyalty," writes Brent Hieggelke, chief marketing officer of Urban Airship. Mobile Marketer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • New to Store Manager Awards: International category
    Are you an international retailer with stellar store managers? Next year marks the first for the International category of FMI's Store Manager Awards, celebrating hardworking managers at your supermarket. Submit your nomination online at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Lawsuit seeks quicker action on food safety
    The FDA says it needs more time to implement rules associated with the Food Safety Modernization Act and asked the U.S. District Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health. "FDA's decisions regarding enforcement actions are not subject to judicial review, and the defendants have not, as a matter of law, unreasonably delayed the adoption of regulations implementing FSMA," government lawyers said. The Packer (Lenexa, Kan.) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
I do not want to live in paradise; this world is enough, so broken and so full of promise."
--Pam Durban,
American writer

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