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November 6, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Unified Grocers creates online rewards program
    Unified Grocers launched a loyalty program that allows shoppers to earn points online that go toward a $25 prepaid Visa Rewards card. Shoppers must use the eShop-Rewards website to visit participating merchants, which number more than 1,000. Each card requires 27 points. Supermarket News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Natural pet products boast wild growth
    The market for natural, eco-friendly pet items is booming, according to a study by Packaged Facts. Grain-free and human-grade pet food are among the most popular trends. The natural-pet-product segment has shown annual sales growth of 17% during the past four years, according to the study, and retail sales of natural pet goods are estimated to reach $4.1 billion this year. Drug Store News (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sour flavors and Asian influences are among 2013 food trends
    A list of the 10 top food trends anticipated for 2013, compiled by brand strategist Sterling-Rice Group, includes sour food, gourmet popcorn and more sophisticated menus for children. Also on the list: vegetables as the main course, fruit in savory dishes and American comfort food with Asian flavors. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Pondering superfoods' role in a healthier diet, weight
    Lucy Danziger, author of "The Drop 10 Diet," says dieters should focus on eating more superfoods to lose weight rather than obsessing over what they should not have. But while high-nutrient superfoods such as nuts, salmon, spinach and berries are healthy, registered dietitian Marisa Moore says that simply adding them to a diet does not guarantee weight loss or fat loss. CNN (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Goya feeds storm victims in N.Y. and N.J.
    Goya Foods has donated more than 25,000 meals to victims of superstorm Sandy through New York's City Harvest, New Jersey's United Way of Hudson County and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. Goya is donating items such as rice, beans, canned meat and coconut water through the Goya Gives campaign. "It has been a devastating time for so many people affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we wanted to help out our fellow neighbors in New York and New Jersey by providing families and children with hot meals and food," Goya Foods President Bob Unanue said. Progressive Grocer (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What do shoppers claim as their greatest obstacle to healthy eating?
Switching diets
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • More prevention is needed for food-labeling error, experts say
    Labeling error is the No. 1 reason for a food recall in North America, and experts at the 2012 Pack Expo in Chicago said food processors should use a risk-assessment program, such as Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points, to prevent mistakes on high-speed packaging lines, rather than trying to catch problems after the fact. "Controls need to be in place at the packaging manufacturer and the food processor to prevent human errors and mistakes," said Debra Krug-Reyes, food safety and quality auditing principal at ConAgra Foods. Packaging World online (11/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Thomas Paine,
British-American political activist and author

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