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September 7, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Rivals bring fresh challenges to food co-ops
    Food co-ops nationwide are updating their inventory and renovating their stores as they face fresh competition from specialty retailers including Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe's. "Co-ops had it easy for years," said Robynn Shrader, head of the 164-store National Cooperative Grocer's Association. "It's more complicated being a retailer today." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changing industry prompts Albertsons closings
    SUPERVALU plans to close 26 Albertsons stores this year, as traditional supermarkets face competition from discount, dollar and specialty-food stores. "The traditional grocery store is something of a dinosaur," food analyst Jim Prevor said. "The core question is whether it can be reinvented and re-created or whether we have to have a lot fewer of them." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (9/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cereal savings lead mobile-coupon use
    A survey found that ready-to-eat cereal is the category with the most mobile-coupon use this year, followed by household-cleaning supplies, yogurt, diapers, and butter and margarine. "While our lists show that consumers are using coupons the most for saving on traditional grocery items, they are increasingly looking to save money for other items like automotive, apparel, toys and home entertainment," said Steven Boal, CEO of, which releases usage data annually. Progressive Grocer (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Walgreen begins enrollment for loyalty program
    Walgreen will launch Balance Rewards on Sept. 16, but consumers who enroll early online are eligible to win 10 million points. The program includes a free mobile application, which allows shoppers to select photos from Facebook for printing and pickup at a Walgreen store. Drug Store News (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows desire to improve diet
    Research from NPD Group shows that nearly half of U.S. adults want to improve their diet, with only 20% eating what is considered a "most healthy" diet and 65% deemed overweight or obese. "A huge opportunity exists to increase functional-product usage among adults and teens who have already tried functional products at some point but are not using them on a daily basis," said Darren Seifer, food and beverage analyst at NPD. Progressive Grocer (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • P&G must "rediscover" innovation, expert says
    Procter & Gamble spends more than $2 billion a year on research and development, yet it has not introduced a blockbuster product in more than a decade. That's a challenge for the company, which charges higher prices for product innovation. "P&G is built on creating new categories, and innovation is in its DNA, but they need to rediscover it," Dartmouth College professor Peter Golder said. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • 22% of children are food insecure, USDA says
    Nationwide in 2011, about 22% of children lived in a home that could not provide "adequate, nutritious" food, according to a report by the USDA Economic Research Service. "While the majority of Americans have consistent, dependable access to nutritious food, food insecurity ... continues to be a challenge among certain low-income households at times during the year," said Kevin Concannon, undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services. The Washington Post/All We Can Eat blog (9/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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