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December 26, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • 7-Eleven eyes fresh-food market
    7-Eleven is aiming to have 20% of its sales come from fresh foods by 2015, part of a shift the convenience-store chain has been undergoing to attract health-conscious consumers and remain competitive with other outlets offering fresh food, such as Dunkin' Donuts or Starbucks. "If you can figure out how to deliver consistent quality and the products consumers want, fresh food is attractive because margins are higher, and it addresses some of the competitive issues you're facing," said convenience store industry consultant Richard Meyer. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AWG VP of sales Dillard to retire in January
    Vice president of corporate sales development for Associated Wholesale Grocers Steve Dillard announced he is retiring in January. He joined AWG in 1974 and has served in various board of director positions in addition to working on sales. He spoke often at the Food Marketing Institute and the National Grocers Association Convention. The Shelby Report online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Moms rely on peers for food information
    Moms rely more heavily on the opinions of bloggers and friends for a variety of information about food and food-safety issues than they do on doctors or nutritionists, according to a survey from Fleishman-Hillard and The survey also found that moms plan to cut back on sugar, processed foods and soda in 2013 and that nearly 4 in 5 read food labels. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nielsen releases study on alcoholic beverage consumers
    Millennial consumers are most attentive to in-store displays and new product launches when it comes to alcoholic beverage marketing, according to a study from Nielsen Category Shopping Fundamentals, while Hispanic consumers tend to respond to pre-store tailored messaging. The study also found that consumers typically wait to purchase spirits until they have other goods to buy when planning a shopping trip. Convenience Store News (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Private Brands 
  • Private-label food product launches climbed in 2012
    Private-label food product launches from January through September 2012 were up 4% compared with the previous year, according to market research firm Mintel. Nearly one-third of food product launches were private label. "As Americans are presented with a wider variety of private label food offerings and cheaper alternatives to purchasing the otherwise same quality goods, they will more easily be able to pursue interests in cooking at home, regardless of their respective household incomes," said Mintel leisure analyst Gretchen Grabowski. Meat & Poultry Online (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Report ties gluten-free diet to better type 1 diabetes outcomes
    Undergoing a gluten-free diet for 20 months helped improve A1C and fasting blood glucose in a child with type 1 diabetes who was not on insulin treatment, a case report in the British Medical Journal indicated. Researchers also found that the diet scheme was safe and that it may help prolong type 1 diabetes remission without insulin treatment. (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Bidders vying for Hostess brands
    Hostess is likely to sell its snack cakes and bread brands to different buyers, according to bankruptcy court testimony from the company. A likely bidder has been found for the flagship brands such as Twinkies and Ding Dongs, while a different bid was made for Devil Dogs and Yodels. The company did not disclose how much it expects the price tag on these brands to be. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review/The Associated Press (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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