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February 27, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Hot bars entice hungry shoppers
    Supermarkets are finding success with hot bars containing prepared food. Sales of prepared food were expected to reach $19.5 billion last year, up almost $5.5 billion compared with 2011. "They've elevated the product," said Joe Spinelli, president of Restaurant Consultants. "It's not just meat and potatoes. It's gourmet foods." The Washington Post (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meat survey: Price isn't everything
    While shoppers still consider prices when purchasing meat, convenience is becoming more of a factor, according to The Power of Meat survey by FMI and GMA. The annual survey found that 93% of shoppers eat meat and poultry once a week, though 3.6 meals contain protein, down from 4.1 in the previous survey. Progressive Grocer (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry predicts 13% sales increase in 2013
    In a WeiserMazars survey, U.S. food and beverage industry experts say they expect 13% sales growth this year, citing factors including additional customers, higher prices and product launches, particularly in health and wellness. The report forecasts growth for healthy, organic, ethnic and private-label products. FoodNavigator (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • Study finds eroding brand loyalty in U.K.
    According to a survey by Canadean, 44% of U.K. shoppers think private-label and brand-name food is made in the same factory, while 59% think brand names are more expensive because of marketing, not quality. The survey also says brand loyalty remains strong for personal-care items and nonalcoholic beverages. Packaging World online (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Eating times matter, research shows
    In a study, mice that ate when they would not normally eat were less responsive to insulin, indicating the time of day for food consumption makes a difference. "This paper for the first time conclusively shows there is a circadian rhythm in insulin sensitivity in animals and potentially in humans as well," said biologist Satchidananda Panda, who was not involved in the study. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Private labels unfurl better toilet paper
    Retailers including Kroger, Wal-Mart Stores and SUPERVALU are launching better-quality private-label toilet paper, using a process called through air drying, which was once reserved for brand names. The technology is becoming less expensive, partly because patents are expiring. The Wall Street Journal (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • More users are engaging with top brands on Instagram, study finds
    Instagram user engagement with brand photos is up 35% from November, according to a study by Simply Measured, which also found that 59% of the 100 leading brands are taking advantage of the photo-sharing service. The study also found that Pinterest and Instagram had the biggest growth among social networks in brand engagement over the past quarter. ClickZ (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • The Power of Meat 2013 report is released
    The Power of Meat 2013 has been released, the eighth annual project with 210 Analytics and the American Meat Institute. The study says price maintains importance, but a need for convenience is growing. Get your copy of the report at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • FDA urges cantaloupe producers to focus on food safety
    Cantaloupe producers received a letter from the FDA asking them to look after their food safety. "We want to underscore the importance of [best] practices for the cantaloupe industry in light of recent outbreaks and pathogen positive sample findings associated with fresh cantaloupes," FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Director Michael Landa wrote in the letter. The FDA also plans to start a new inspection system at cantaloupe packing facilities. (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It's the most unhappy people who most fear change."
--Mignon McLaughlin,
American author and journalist

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