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March 5, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
 
  • Giant of Maryland hires and supports veterans
    Giant of Maryland, which has hired five military veterans for store management and says more hires are pending, has designated March its first Military Appreciation Month. Stores are accepting monetary donations at checkout, selling snack packs for troops and setting up stations for children to create cards. Progressive Grocer (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Weis widens presence in Baltimore area
    Weis Markets has opened one store each in Towson and Woodlawn, Md., giving the 165-store chain 15 locations in the Baltimore area. Both stores have environmentally friendly features, such as LED lighting with motion sensors, and departments including a pharmacy, a full-service deli and a sushi bar. Progressive Grocer (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend-Spotter 
  • Front-of-pack labeling is recommended by Mars exec
    Debra Sandler, president of Mars Chocolate North America, spoke in favor of front-of-pack labeling during the National Confectioners Association's State of the Industry Conference. "Embrace the NCA style guide, put clear calorie labeling on the front of all your packs and give your consumers the right to choose," she said. "Don't give regulators the chance to take that choice away." CandyAndSnackToday.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Tesco plans major initiative for diabetes awareness
    Tesco has pledged to raise about $15 million for diabetes research and launch an awareness campaign in partnership with Diabetes UK, to combat a growing rate of type 2 diabetes in the U.K. The supermarket chain will also fund research into a vaccine for type 1 diabetes, which is not linked to lifestyle. The Grocer (U.K.) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Hershey's growth officer shares her game plan
    Michele Buck, senior vice president and chief growth officer at Hershey, says she'll help the company reach $10 billion in revenue by 2017, up from $6.6 billion in 2012. "We want to transform the geographic footprint to have 25% of our revenue coming from international, and we want to expand our portfolio, leveraging [mergers and acquisitions] and innovation," she said. Forbes (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Government Affairs  
  • Mandatory labeling arrives in Australia
    Australian supermarkets must put the kilojoule count on prepared food as part of an 8,700-kilojoule campaign aimed at improving health. "I believe it is essential consumers are equipped with nutritional information to encourage them to make balanced food choices," New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell said. The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Next week: FMI's Asset Protection Conference
    From Sunday through March 13 in Phoenix, the FMI Asset Protection Conference will continue to build effective skills and education in safety, fraud, crisis management and more. This year, attendees can learn strategies to mitigate the risk of mass-scale incidents. To learn more about the program and to register, visit FMIAssetProtection.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Voluntary case-label guidelines are published
    Food manufacturers and retailers have collaborated to publish guidelines for case labeling in the U.S. and Canada, with the goal of improving efficiency and traceability. "Consistent with our mission, GS1 US and GS1 Canada helped bring the food industry together to find a standards-based solution to an industry challenge by considering common business practices and various supply-chain processes," said Mary Wilson, vice president of standards management at GS1 US. Packaging World magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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It is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn."
--Robert Southey,
British poet


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