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February 14, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Meijer plans to build 6 supercenters in 2013
    Meijer says it will invest more than $160 million this year to build six supercenters and remodel five stores. The retailer is continuing its "process of slow, steady growth," co-CEO and co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. The company plans to open two supercenters each in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More shoppers are buying groceries online
    In a survey by CouponCabin.com, 15% of shoppers said they sometimes buy groceries online, while 19% said they don't but eventually will. "The combination of high food prices, busy families and easy Internet accessibility has led to an increased interest in online grocery shopping," Senior Savings Adviser Jackie Warrick said. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Demand grows for healthy children's snacks
    Healthy snacks for children from companies including Annie's Homegrown, GoGo squeeZ and Stonyfield Farm are selling well, as kids snack more often and parents become interested in making sure snacks are nutritious. "It's clear that there is a major opportunity for retailers already producing low sugar/fat/calorie items to branch off into a healthy kids offering," writes Matt Devine, chief marketing officer of Decas Cranberry Products. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Brands see value in "purpose" advertising
    More companies are highlighting their charitable and environmental efforts to gain brand loyalty through so-called purpose marketing, according to this article. Bumble Bee Foods, for example, is investing in ads focused on health and nutrition, rather than traditional, product-focused ads. "We're figuring out as a company, as people, how we can effect change," said David Melbourne Jr., senior vice president for marketing and corporate social responsibility. "Rather than pushing out brand messaging, we're engaging consumers in a more meaningful way." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P&G website amps innovator connection
    Procter & Gamble has launched PGConnectDevelop.com, an extension of its Connect+Develop program, to better connect innovators with the company's priorities. "As P&G enters its second decade of Connect+Develop, our focus is on strengthening areas of our open-innovation work to deliver more discontinuous, breakthrough innovations," said Laura Becker, general manager of Connect+Develop and global business development. "Part of that work means making connections both easier and more effective." Consumer Goods Technology News (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Annual Meat Conference will host the Neelys and their recipe for success
    Restaurateurs and Food Network celebrities Gina and Pat Neely will share how their restaurants have stayed opened for a combined 46 years in an industry in which most fail within the first. Visit MeatConference.com for the program and registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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