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March 27, 2013
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Kroger turns focus to organic and natural
Kroger has developed an internal policy of introducing natural and organic products, under private and emerging brands. For example, the retailer has partnered with beverage-brand incubator L.A. Libations, which is helping with beverage merchandising and will have "Taste of Tomorrow" coolers at more than 80 stores. BevNet.com (3/26)
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ShopRite in Pa. adds health-resource center
A ShopRite store in Warminster, Pa., has added a health-resource center in partnership with Doylestown Hospital. Health Connections by Doylestown Hospital, located across from the pharmacy, includes on-site screenings and information about finding appropriate health resources. Progressive Grocer (3/26)
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Trend-Spotter
Makers of frozen food outsmart the microwave
Manufacturers of frozen food are rethinking the way meals are heated, offering packaging that steams food in a microwave or recommending that food be baked or cooked stovetop. Many consumers do not follow directions for microwaving food, yielding meals that are heated unevenly and potentially unsafe. The Wall Street Journal (3/26)
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Coke sees emerging-brand opportunities
Deryck van Rensburg, president of venturing and emerging brands at Coca-Cola, says one-third of the beverage giant's business during "the next five to 10 years could come from disruptive brands in categories that do not exist today." The team, created in 2007, has invested in brands including Honest Tea, ZICO coconut water and FUZE juice. FoodNavigator (3/26)
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Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy
Safeway plans rollout of SoloHealth Station
About 700 Safeway stores will add the SoloHealth Station kiosk beginning in April. "We believe that access, awareness and education are keys to a healthy lifestyle, and we're bringing comprehensive health and wellness services directly to Safeway's customers," said Stephen Kendig, chief commercial officer and executive vice president at SoloHealth. Drug Store News (3/26)
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Supplier News
The growing popularity of protein
Packaged food labeled as high in protein is gaining popularity with consumers who are seeking energy, satiety and muscle building. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says most Americans consume more protein than necessary, consumers see high-protein food as a healthful choice. The Wall Street Journal (3/26)
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Technology Solutions
Wal-Mart taps Crossmark for shelf analytics
Wal-Mart Stores is using Crossmark's OSA Now system to maximize shelf availability. The system, which generates daily alerts, uses a combination of business insight, technology and store coverage. Progressive Grocer (3/26)
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FMI Spotlight
Answer to Tuesday's poll
The average number of items carried in a supermarket in 2011 was 38,718. Additionally, retailers authorized and stocked a median of 2,600 new items.
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What was the average number of items carried in a supermarket in 2011?
43,267  41.07%
38,718  30.00%
56,104  23.21%
24,986  5.71%
Global Update
Retailers lengthen price freeze to battle Argentine inflation
Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores and Carrefour will extend a price freeze that began Feb. 1 to combat Argentina's 25% inflation. The freeze, scheduled to end Monday, is being extended to May 31. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/26)
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Woolworths flagship adds full-service beauty department
The flagship Woolworths store in Sydney has added a full-service beauty department, with consultants and treatments including makeovers and manicures. "Whether it's having your nails done, a skin-care consultation, makeup trial or simply completing a full beauty shop, we know our customers will love the range and convenience of this new beauty experience," said Alex Dower, general manager of grocery. Inside Retailing Online (3/27)
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Daily Quote
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare."
-- Bobby Knight,
American basketball coach
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