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January 25, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Sprouts plans first store in Houston region
    Sprouts Farmers Market, with more than 150 stores, including 23 in Texas, is planning a 25,000-square-foot location in Katy, Texas. The store will be the first of five slated for the Houston area. Sprouts is known for a layout that resembles a farmers market, with fresh produce, baked goods and barrels of grain on display. Progressive Grocer (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Price Chopper announces hire and promotion
    Sam Wagar has been promoted to vice president of technical services at Price Chopper Supermarkets, and Paul Beletsky has been hired as director of meat merchandising. Wagar, who joined the company in 2008, has companywide responsibilities related to information technology. Beletsky, most recently at Wakefern Food, will lead the meat-management team and special projects. Progressive Grocer (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cosucra sees opportunity in indulgent, healthier ice cream
    Ingredient company Cosucra says it is seeing increasing demand for ice cream that promises indulgence with lower fat or reduced sugar. "Increasing concerns about weight management and diabetes have led manufacturers to develop products that help consumers to indulge without guilt by cutting calories, fat, and/or sugars," according to a Cosucra report, "Yummy & Healthy Innovations in Ice Creams." FoodNavigator (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Retail clinics have benefits and drawbacks
    As retailers add medical clinics, they are touting benefits that include convenience and lower prices for consumers. However, Dr. Jeff Cain, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, notes a need for greater communication between clinics and primary care physicians of patients. Progress Illinois (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A closer look at the anti-wheat movement
    "Wheat Belly" and "Wheat Belly Cookbook," which blame grain for health problems and weight gain, are best-sellers. However, eliminating a major category of food from a diet can be difficult to sustain, and wheat contains important nutrients, including fiber, protein and vitamin B. (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Unilever CEO touts Magnum growth
    Unilever CEO Paul Polman told analysts that sales of ice cream brand Magnum have doubled in four years, to more than $1.34 billion. Such growth "should be sexy for our investors," he said. Sales in the company's food category increased 2% last year, while volume decreased 1%. FoodNavigator (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pampers adds Swaddlers sizes
    Procter & Gamble has expanded the Pampers Swaddlers line to include sizes 4 and 5. "We listened to parents who said they wanted to keep their toddlers in Swaddlers, and we're pleased to offer them that option now," Marketing Manager Greg Barntsen said. The sizes are sold at Target. Drug Store News (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • S Group brings online shopping with pickup to Finland
    Finnish supermarket chain S Group has debuted Collect & Go, a service that lets shoppers purchase online, then choose delivery or self-service pickup at designated sites. The system, developed by Digital Foodie, gives pickup customers a window of time to retrieve items, as well as a code to an insulated locker where the food is stored. Vending Times (1/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Anger and jealousy can no more bear to lose sight of their objects than love."
--George Eliot,
British writer

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