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December 31, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
 
  • Kroger stock is solid, undervalued: analyst
    Kroger stock is one of the top value picks for 2013, according to J. Royden Ward, editor of the Cabot Benjamin Graham Value Letter. He cites recent quarterly results, plans to open new stores and restaurants, and increasing customer loyalty as the reasons for his pick, and he predicts the shares will rise to $35.35 next year. MSN Money (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Southern Season to open Charleston, S.C., store next summer
    Gourmet retailer Southern Season of Chapel Hill, N.C., will open a second location in the Brookgreen Town Center in Charleston, S.C., next year. The 44,000-square-foot store, like the first one, will offer a bakery, restaurant, cooking school and products both local and from across the globe. The company is also eyeing locations in Atlanta, Nashville and Richmond, Va., down the road. The Gourmet Retailer (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Food retailers lead in fight against hunger
    U.S. food retailers are the top donors to the hunger relief organization Feeding America, a survey from the Food Marketing Institute and Feeding America has found. Ninety-nine percent of food retailers who responded to the survey said they contribute food to a food bank, and 96% said they contributed cash donations in 2011. Many retailers also help by holding food drives and supplying equipment. "Food retailers have a longstanding tradition of being actively involved in their respective communities," said Food Marketing Institute CEO Leslie Sarasin. The Gourmet Retailer (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trend-Spotter 
 
  • Grocery stores look to cater to male customers
    Supermarkets are increasingly focusing on products that are gender-neutral or that appeal to men as research shows that men are doing more grocery shopping for their households than ever. Marketers theorize this is due in part to the recession and the number of men laid off and in part to the growing popularity among men of cooking at home. "We're seeing a lot of men who are stay-at-home dads, working from home or looking for a job," said ConAgra Foods industry analyst Phil Lempert. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Fresh Ideas 
  • Trends for 2013: Fermented foods, Asian street food
    Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha with their helpful probiotics are likely to be a popular trend next year, predicts Bonny Woods, managing editor of American Food Roots. She also lists menus inspired by Asian street food, dark and leafy greens such as beet tops and kale, and cocktails made with produce from farmers' markets or small gardens. National Public Radio (text and audio) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Transparency, sustainability lead 2013 food trends
    Next year's food trends will include a push to reduce food waste, greater transparency in food labeling, a focus on meatless proteins and the increased use of mobile devices to interact with food, according to SupermarketGuru.com's Phil Lempert. Tech startups will also play a growing role in developing applications and other products that help consumers make healthier food choices and obtain food information, he says. Forbes (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Chobani to debut new products in 2013
    Chobani, a maker of Greek yogurt, will serve up its products in new formats next year. Chobani Flips will come with a separate compartment for mix-ins to create flavors including Vanilla Golden Crunch and Key Lime Crumble, and Chobani Champions Tubes will present kid-friendly flavors in a squeezable tube. DairyFoods.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • What were some of the top stories in 2012?
    Top stories from the FMI dailyLead this year include millennial shopping habits from Forbes and grocery market share from Supermarket News. Want to share 2013 news with your colleagues? Subscribe to the dailyLead here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Holiday food safety tips from the FDA
    The Food and Drug Administration is offering four holiday food safety tips for families and party hosts. These include separating food to avoid cross-contamination, refrigerating food after no longer than two hours, serving only pasteurized dairy products and heating liquids in recipes that use uncooked eggs to 165 degrees F to kill bacteria. Food Poisoning Bulletin (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The dailyLead will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, the dailyLead will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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