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December 14, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • California FreshWorks Fund supports El Rancho opening
    With financial help from California FreshWorks Fund, an El Rancho Marketplace store has opened in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. The 39,000-square-foot store sells staples at low prices, has a deli with fresh-made food and works with suppliers to stock local food. Progressive Grocer (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weis hires center-store vice president
    Kevin Broe, most recently vice president of center-store merchandising at A&P, has joined Weis Markets as vice president of center-store sales and merchandising. Broe, who has also worked at SUPERVALU and American Stores, reports to Kurt Schertle, executive vice president of sales and merchandising. Supermarket News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study looks at organic-label perceptions
    Researchers found that food labeled as organic is not universally perceived as more healthful and better tasting. In a study, an engineered drink described as organic was perceived as less effective in fighting malnutrition by people who had identified themselves as pro-environment. Progressive Grocer (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Searing and frying are linked to health risks
    Consuming food that is fried or seared can increase the risk of age-related diseases, researchers say. "When you put proteins and sugars together at high temperatures, there is a chemical reaction, and that creates flavor and texture, which we think of as good things," researcher Kee-Hong Kim said. "Research suggests that these glycated proteins are involved in age-related diseases like cardiovascular disease." (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Help us share the good news of food retailers by submitting your company's community efforts to our Community Outreach Awards. Finalists will receive a $1,000 donation to enhance the program. The deadline to submit nominations is today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Sainsbury sees Dec. 23 as "logistical challenge"
    With Christmas falling on a Tuesday and U.K. law allowing stores to open only six hours on Sundays, J Sainsbury is expecting "a massive logical challenge" Dec. 23, Commercial Director Mike Coupe says. The retailer has hired 20,000 seasonal workers this year, up from 15,000 in 2011. Reuters (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety and Security 
  • FDA begins allergen research
    The FDA has begun a study to determine safe thresholds of allergens. The research will help the agency respond to concerns about allergen contamination and petitions for allergen-label exceptions. Supermarket News (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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