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February 8, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Kowalski's starts selling premium pork
    Berkshire pork, known for its marbling, tenderness and flavor, is available at Kowalski's Markets. "Humane craft processing is an important part of the Berkshire story, too, ensuring livestock experience a safer, calmer more humane environment than is found elsewhere in the industry," the retailer says on its website. "Equally important to ensuring quality of pork product, are small batch processing and hand-cutting of portions." Progressive Grocer (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PwC report debunks digital-shopping myths
    A PricewaterhouseCoopers report examines the changing relationship between online and bricks-and-mortar shopping and debunks 10 myths, including the idea that stores are becoming showrooms and that low prices are the most important thing to shoppers. "Companies need a strategy that will create value by connecting with consumers and engaging with them directly online, while providing a meaningful, seamless shopping experience across all channels," said Lisa Feigen Dugal, U.S. retail and consumer sector advisory leader at PwC. Progressive Grocer (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study highlights power of packaging
    A study by MeadWestvaco found that packaging "is one of the most powerful tools in the marketing communications mix," said Brian Richard, director of consumer and customer insights. The study found room for improvement, with less than 20% of consumers saying they are "very satisfied" with packaging. Packaging that is hard to open or doesn't protect the product is part of their concerns. Drug Store News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Edible packaging and fermented food are among culinary trends
    The Hartman Group has outlined several food and drink trends, including ethical food production, fresh juice and food treated with high-pressure processing, edible packaging, premium private-label products and snacks that are more flavorful and nutritious. The research group says consumers are also embracing protein and turning away from sugar. FoodNavigator (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Southern diet is linked to high stroke risk
    People who eat a classic Southern diet with plenty of fried chicken, organ meat and sweet tea increase their risk of stroke by 41%, researchers say. In a study, researchers divided diets into five categories: Southern, convenience, plant based, sweets and alcohol. They found that adherents to a plant-based diet decrease their stroke risk by 30%. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Supply chain gets spotlight at Sustainable Foods Summit
    Participants at the Sustainable Foods Summit in San Francisco spoke of the importance of creating an efficient supply chain. Michael Hewett of Publix Super Markets said 80% of sustainability opportunities can be found in the food supply chain, and change is imperative because humans are consuming resources at an unsustainable rate. Food Product Design (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kellogg touts frozen-food growth
    Sales of Kellogg frozen food increased nearly 11% in fiscal 2012 compared with the previous year, said Michael Allen, president of U.S. frozen food. Growth was fueled by Eggo products, the launch of Special K flatbread sandwiches and innovation in the MorningStar Farms and Kashi lines. (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TruMoo is reformulated to contain 40% less sugar
    Dean Foods has reduced sugar in TruMoo chocolate milk by 40%. The low-fat version has 140 calories per serving, and the fat-free version has 120 calories. Both provide nutrients including calcium, potassium and protein. Vending Times (2/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Foodtown taps MyWebGrocer for app
    Foodtown has introduced a mobile application, powered by MyWebGrocer, that lets users browse circulars, create shopping lists, collect coupons, check off items as they shop, find recipes and locate stores. Progressive Grocer (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Business-development opportunities in retail health and wellness
    This year's Health & Wellness @ Retail conference, scheduled May 29 to June 1 in San Antonio, will foster senior-level dialogue among retail nutrition, marketing, merchandising and pharmacy executives and suppliers through focused strategic business meetings. Visit to register as a supplier or retailer. The promotional rate for retailers ends Feb. 15. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over."
--Alfred E. Perlman,
American businessman

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