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August 17, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Baltimore boosts grocery delivery for underserved
    Baltimore is expanding a system that allows residents of underserved neighborhoods to order groceries online for pickup in their community. The Virtual Supermarket Program, founded two years ago, has been operating at three library branches but is expanding so residents can order from senior centers and residences for people who are disabled. The Sun (Baltimore) (8/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Martin's stocks checkout with healthy food and drinks
    Eight Martin's Food Markets stores in Richmond, Va., are displaying healthy food and drinks at checkout through a partnership with nonprofit Greater Richmond Fit4Kids and the city's health department. "We think our moms and dads in particular will appreciate a checkout lane with items that are not full of added sugar and unhealthy fats, which tempt all of us on our way out of the store," in-store nutritionist Valerie Waters said. Progressive Grocer (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Price Chopper brings back Chuck Wagon dog food
    Price Chopper Supermarkets started carrying Chuck Wagon dog food and is promoting it online with a link to a Chuck Wagon television commercial from the 1970s. Purina owned the brand until 2005, and Topco Associates acquired it in 2011. Supermarket News (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Paper checks keep their appeal
    Though credit and debit cards are the most popular payment methods, Americans write 24.4 billion checks a year. Checks written from one individual to another increased 3% annually from 2006 to 2009. Checks provide security through a paper trail and budgeting through checkbook balancing, and they are a popular gift because they can be spent anywhere. Progressive Grocer (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • RAND study finds rapid growth among retail clinics
    Nonprofit researcher RAND found that visits to retail medical clinics quadrupled between 2007 and 2009, with the portion of patients older than 65 increasing from 8% to 19%. "Retail medical clinics continue to grow rapidly and attract new segments of users," study author Dr. Ateev Mehrotra said. "They remain just a small part of outpatient medical care but appear to have tapped into patients' needs." Supermarket News (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dierbergs forms 3-person wellness team based in Mo.
    Dierbergs Markets created a wellness team with staff nutritionist Trish Farano and registered dietitians Jenn Randazzo and Gloris Xynos. The team, operating out of the Culinary Event Center at the chain's Des Peres, Mo., store, will provide nutrition information and advice through in-store events and on Twitter. Progressive Grocer (8/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Triscuit ad pokes fun at previous campaigns
    Crispin Porter + Bogusky created an ad campaign for Kraft Foods' Triscuit that apologizes to "angry satisfied" customers for suggesting toppings over the years and neglecting to mention that the cracker can be eaten without toppings. The "Topper Tantrums" campaign includes television commercials and a Facebook offer for a free box of Triscuit. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 6 more Hillshire Farm sausages are introduced
    Sara Lee Foodservice added six sausage varieties to the Hillshire Farm line in advance of Oktoberfest. "Restaurants across the country can feature sausage in Oktoberfest-inspired recipes that cater to local tastes and take advantage of consumers' heightened interest in sausage during September and October," executive chef Chris Kline said. (8/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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