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November 8, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Whole Foods offers one-stop holiday meals
    Whole Foods Market customers can order holiday meals in person or online, including items specifically for holidays, through Jan. 2. Turkeys are antibiotic-free and rated on a five-step animal-welfare scale by Global Animal Partnership. Progressive Grocer (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Remodeled Bashas' opens in Tempe, Ariz.
    Bashas' Supermarkets has opened a remodeled store in Tempe, Ariz., introducing a concept that includes a gourmet deli, an expanded bakery with Peet's Coffee & Tea, and a cafe with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions. The 45,000-square-foot store represents the chain's first major remodel since 2009. Supermarket News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Giant Eagle opens GetGo near Pittsburgh
    Giant Eagle has opened a GetGo convenience store in Cranberry Township, Pa., with 16 fuel pumps and fresh food including salad, breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers and sushi. The 24-hour store, which also has a sit-down cafe, Wi-Fi and beverages including smoothies and milkshakes, is the first of several planned for the area, GetGo Senior Vice President Kevin Srigley said. Progressive Grocer (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Retailers see continued challenges post-election
    With the presidential election over, retailers can expect health care reform to stay and are turning their attention to tax reform and other issues. "We need to have folks in Washington that will at least sit down and talk with each other and try and come up with some budgets and try and get our spending under control, and try and get some confidence in our business community, so we can get some people back to work," K-VA-T Food Stores Chairman and CEO Steve Smith said. Supermarket News (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frozen-food sales are expected to remain cold
    According to Packaged Facts, dollar sales of frozen food have increased 7.7% since 2008, a compound annual growth rate of 1.9%. The rate is likely to hover around 2% during the next five years. Companies are fighting a consumer preference for fresh food, using restaurant-branded frozen meals and promoting the message that frozen food is as nutritious as fresh. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • 127-year-old general store changes owners and look
    Yates Market, founded in 1885 in Ellicott City, Md., has new ownership and a new product mix after the fourth generation of the Yates family retired. Renamed Randy and Steve's The New General Store, the shop still carries staples and will add a deli, but it has switched to selling gourmet food and bath and body items. The Baltimore Sun (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Nonprofit offers toolkit for supermarket dietitians
    Oldways, a nonprofit focused on nutrition and food education, has launched the Oldways Nutrition Exchange, a resource for dietitians working at supermarkets. "Supermarket dietitians have a major impact on the eating habits of America," Oldways President Sara Baer-Sinnott said. "ONE provides a streamlined system so that food companies and supermarket [registered dietitians] can exchange information regularly and easily, which helps supermarkets maximize their potential as a powerful force for better food." Progressive Grocer (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RD says fad diets are dividing the nutrition landscape
    People are taking sides as diets that support different eating styles or themes -- such as gluten-free, low-carb or "Paleo" -- divide the nutrition landscape, registered dietitian Jennifer Sygo writes. She argues that messages of moderation in eating are drowned out by fads and that more people with incomplete training in nutrition and behavioral change have a voice in the dietetic field. National Post (Canada) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Green Mountain works with Kroger on fair-trade promo
    Kroger and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters are promoting fair-trade coffee with a campaign that includes coupons and the chance to win a trip to see Grace Potter or Michael Franti live in concert. "Kroger has helped us amplify the message to coffee fans that fair trade provides high-quality coffee and helps to ensure a higher quality of life for coffee farmers and their families," Green Mountain executive Don Barberio said. Progressive Grocer (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • At 1 p.m. Eastern today: FMI hosts "Shopping for Health 2012 Webinar" with Rodale experts
    Attend the webinar discussion on consumers' increased awareness in adopting a healthier diet and what motivates them to do so. To register to attend, visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Calif. voters reject label initiative
    A measure requiring food to indicate whether it contains genetically modified ingredients was not approved by California voters. The defeat robs the movement of momentum, said L. Val Giddings, a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. "What justification can they present to their funders to pour more money down this drain?" Giddings said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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People always call it luck when you've acted more sensibly than they have."
--Anne Tyler,
American novelist

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