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January 16, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Whole Foods' Mackey shares vision in "Conscious Capitalism"
    John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, has written a book, "Conscious Capitalism," that argues that businesses can be profitable while lifting people out of poverty. "The time is now to redefine capitalism if we want to continue to flourish as a society and to reverse the decline that we are currently in," said Mackey, who wrote the book with Bentley University marketing professor Raj Sisodia. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Meijer selects president and co-CEO
    J.K. Symancyk, who joined Meijer in 2006 and has been chief operating officer for a year, has been named president of the retail chain. Mark Murray will become co-CEO, a newly created position, alongside Hank Meijer. "Having worked with J.K. in his different roles here at Meijer, we are very confident he is the right leader to help continue our path of growth and expansion," Hank Meijer said. Progressive Grocer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • COO is named at Lowe's Market
    John Timothy "Tim" Cotton, who joined Lowe's Market as a store manager in Alamogordo, N.M., has been named chief operating officer of the Texas chain. "Tim is a proven leader who models the Christian values that have helped make our company successful for the past 49 years," CEO Roger Lowe Jr. said. Supermarket News (free registration) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Delhaize America trims executive staff by 25%
    Delhaize America has created a management structure with 50 executives, a 25% reduction, and put about 80% of top leaders at the Salisbury, N.C., headquarters of Food Lion. The reorganization, described in a memo to employees, is part of the company's "efforts to reduce general and administrative costs and better serve customers." Progressive Grocer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Early days for digital grocery shopping
    In a survey conducted for Symphony EYC during the holiday season, 88.5% of consumers said they had not yet used a mobile device for grocery shopping. Meanwhile, those who buy groceries online cited reasons including a lack of lines, personalized promotions and the ability to easily compare prices. Progressive Grocer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Surprise! Fresh fruit is top snack choice
    Research from NPD Group ranks fresh fruit as the top snack for Americans, above chocolate and potato chips, and also among the fastest-growing categories. "Usage can be expanded with packaging innovation and promotions for on-the-go activities when it's least likely to be consumed," said Darren Seifer, a food and beverage industry analyst. Progressive Grocer (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • Private-label products help manage diabetes
    Retailers including Publix Super Markets and Wal-Mart Stores have introduced private-label products for diabetes management, including lancets, test strips and insulin. "We're here to help you take control of your health," according to promotional material from H.E. Butt Grocery. "From education to money-saving options like our H-E-B inControl products, we'll help you learn to live well with diabetes." Supermarket News (free registration) (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Research shows some food can sharpen memory
    Blueberries, salmon, green tea, walnuts, chocolate and leafy vegetables are among food with memory-enhancing properties, research indicates. Salmon and other cold-water fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, while blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, and leafy vegetables contain magnesium. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • MCG provides financing to Hammond's Candies
    Hammond's Candies is receiving $14.9 million from MCG Capital in the form of a subordinated term loan, a senior secured term loan and a revolving credit facility. "MCG was instrumental in helping design the framework and capital structure that best fit the transaction for Hammond's," Hammond's CEO Andrew Schuman said. (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Customer trips per week averaged 2.2 in 2012, up from 2011
    According to our FMI Trends research, trips per week to the grocery in 2011 totaled 1.7. Find more consumer shopping data on LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How much did the number of customer trips to the grocery per week increase from 2011 to 2012?
    0.3 points  37.50%
    0.5 points  27.21%
    0 points  24.26%
    0.6 points  11.03%
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