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November 30, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • ADL honors Golubs for anti-bias program
    The Anti-Defamation League has honored Neil Golub, executive chairman of Price Chopper Supermarkets, and his wife, Jane, a schoolteacher, with the Americanism Award for their support of anti-bias education. "The Golubs believed they could make a difference in their community and brought together a powerful community coalition of religious, racial and ethnic leaders, developed school curriculum, and engaged a local TV station for two years to launch 'A World of Difference' in upstate New York," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said. Progressive Grocer (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IRS drops Kroger deduction dispute
    Kroger says it will not have to pay $567 million in disputed federal tax deductions. A three-judge appeals panel rejected the government's claim, which the Internal Revenue Service had been pursuing for about a decade. The IRS has dropped the case, according to Kroger. Reuters (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Demand for quinoa is expected to spur supply
    Demand for quinoa is surging, prompting farmers to take a new look at the ancient grain. Quinoa rarely is grown outside of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile, but plant breeders and scientists say that is about to change, especially as quinoa can flourish in different climates and geographies. National Public Radio/The Salt blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Survey finds increased use of retail clinics
    According to a survey by Kalorama Information, 21.3% of U.S. adults have visited a retail clinic, up from less than 10% in 2006. Reasons include an increase in clinics, with 1,300 nationwide; more clinics run by widely known chains; and cities that have several clinics in close proximity. Drug Store News (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FMI notes hurdles in calorie labeling for prepared food
    A study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which says calorie labels are "feasible" for prepared food at supermarkets, does not take into account financial and regulatory challenges, FMI Regulatory Counsel Erik Lieberman says. "We've estimated it's a $1 billion cost for the first year alone, for the industry," he said. "It's a huge burden." Supermarket News (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fred's Super Dollar adds wellness incentives
    Fred's Super Dollar is adding a system by Medagate that gives real-time, point-of-sale discounts on healthful food and eligible over-the-counter medication. "Consumers receive immediate discounts at the register for a range of health and wellness products determined by their health care provider," Medagate President Devin Wade said. "The future of health care consumerism involves the direct involvement by payers to support healthy choices. Our platform creates an incentive-based platform that can be used to support those efforts." Progressive Grocer (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Sabra debuts pack with salsa and tortilla
    Sabra Dipping has expanded the Grab N Go line with a pack that contains the brand's Homestyle Medium Salsa and Tostitos Bite Size Rounds tortilla chips. The line, launched in 2005, pairs hummus with pretzels. It is expanding to salsa for the first time. Food Business Review (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Cyber Monday sales hit $1.4 billion, up 16% from 2011
    Online commerce on Cyber Monday was up 16.4% year-over-year to $1.47 billion, according to comScore. The Monday after Thanksgiving shopping day is growing in importance, and though it may be only pulling forward sales that might have come later, "the bottom line is it's a huge number. There are lots of superlatives for the day," says Andrew Lipsman, comScore's vice president of industry analysis. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Deadline closes tomorrow: FMI Community Outreach Awards
    FMI wants to recognize all of the ways supermarkets give back to the community with the Community Outreach Awards. Nominate your company's work in youth development, hunger initiatives or neighborhood health at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • USA Rice Federation says domestic product is safe
    The USA Rice Federation responded to a study that found arsenic in rice, noting in a letter that all plant food contains arsenic and that domestically grown rice is safe to eat. "We believe that U.S.-grown rice is already safe, but we are always looking at ways to make it safer," according to the letter. "For that reason, we will continue to stay engaged with FDA, [the Environmental Protection Agency] and others as they do further study." Progressive Grocer (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Lou Reed,
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