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March 4, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Health-focused grocery lets morticians help the living
    Erich March and his wife, Michele Speaks-March, owners of March Funeral Home, are hoping to curtail diabetes and other chronic conditions in their community by opening Apples & Oranges Fresh Market. The store does not sell sugar-sweetened drinks or tobacco and has space for cooking lessons and other community events. The Baltimore Sun (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
You Can’t Build Tomorrow’s Restaurant on Yesterday’s Network
The restaurant business is changing, from internal systems to customer devices. Comcast Business offers a network built for the restaurant of tomorrow. With Internet speeds up to 150 Mbps delivered through a business-grade router, restaurants get speed and coverage, plus the control to manage customer connectivity. Learn more.
  • Confectioners are sweet on flavor combinations
    Candy with new flavor combinations, such as honeysuckle berry that combines blueberry and blackberry, is becoming more popular, according to a 2013 trend report from Sensient Flavors. "The combining of two, three or even four different flavors, to create one unique, fantasy flavor, helps brands distinguish themselves from one another," said Charles Dodson, a director at WILD Flavors unit A.M. Todd. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Choosing the Right ERP Solutions to Support a Global Business
As organizations expand into new territories, they face a number of operational challenges. They need to adapt to the business rules of foreign countries, including government regulations, reporting requirements and variations in tax and labor laws. They must accommodate multiple languages, multiple currencies and varying local best practices. Find out what strategies businesses need to implement ERP systems across their global organizations. Download the free white paper now.
  Fresh Ideas 
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The top two learning priorities for companies are product training and compliance. Are your teams — your internal workforce and your external partners— prepared to do this? If not, how much money is this costing you?
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Snacking during pregnancy could result in children's addiction
    A study published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that pregnant rats that ate snack food triggered changes in their unborn offspring's brains, predisposing them to snack-food addiction. However, injecting an opioid-receptor blocker regulated the reward and pleasure centers of snack-addicted pups, researchers say. The Daily Mail (London) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Differentiate Your Business in a Complex Market Environment
Wholesale distributors are facing an increasingly complex and dynamic market environment. In order to be successful, they need to shift from a product-centric model to a customer-centric focus. Distributors can escalate their value to customers by finding gaps in the market and working to fulfill those needs. Discover the four cornerstones of differentiation during this on-demand webinar. View now >
  Supplier News 
  • Olay Regenerist gets a makeover
    Procter & Gamble is changing the formula of 10-year-old skin-care line Olay Regenerist and has released studies showing how the revamped line delivers brighter, firmer skin. "We redesigned our best-selling Regenerist line to awaken skin, helping boost its responsiveness to anti-aging treatments for faster, more visible results," said Lela Coffey, Olay marketing director for North America. Cincinnati Enquirer, The (tiered subscription model) (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Stonyfield debuts YoKids Smoothies
    Stonyfield has introduced YoKids Smoothies, a line of drinkable yogurt, in Very Berry and Strawbana flavors. "Kids love the fruity taste and parents love that their kids are being nourished in such a healthy way," said Marketing Vice President Kristen Deshaies. (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology Solutions 
  • Sellers taps AllTrust for in-store financial solutions
    All 12 stores of independent grocer Sellers Bros. will have in-store financial services, thanks to a partnership with AllTrust Retail, which is providing platforms Connect POS and Paycheck Secure. "We are more confident in our check-cashing operations and can now offer our customers a comprehensive suite of financial services that meets their needs," said David Sellers, owner of the grocery chain. Progressive Grocer (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs  
  • Healthy-food bill moves forward in Iowa Legislature
    An Iowa Senate subcommittee has voted in favor of a bill to require foodservice vendors in state buildings, public universities and community colleges to cook healthier meals and post menus that display nutrition facts, such as calories, fat and sodium. The measure also would require the state to contract with food vendors that follow American Heart Association and USDA dietary guidelines and to give preference to those purchasing from local growers. Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)/The Associated Press (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Meat-package call-outs influence purchasing decisions
    Package call-outs are increasingly popular and have varying effects on purchasing decisions. The call-out with the most influence is the USDA beef-grading system. Learn which other call-outs affect consumers in the newly released Power of Meat 2013 report in the FMI Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--William Hazlitt,
British writer and philosopher

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