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March 1, 2013
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  • Ahold posts sales increase and plans Peapod expansion
    Ahold USA's sales increased 4.3% in the fourth quarter compared with Q4 of 2011, partly because stores stayed open after superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in October. The company opened eight Peapod pickup locations last year. An additional one opened this week, and more are planned, the company says. Drug Store News (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minn. grocer changes ownership
    Darryl Jahnke, owner and general manager of Jahnke Foods in Spicer, Minn., has sold the store to Teal's Market, a family-owned chain with 10 stores in Minnesota and the Dakotas. "We're excited to expand in the Spicer community with Darryl's employees," Teal's General Manager Andrea Teal said. "It'll be a good transition for us." West Central Tribune (Willmar, Minn.) (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report offers strategies for midsize retailers
    Midsize retailers, squeezed by cost competition from giants including Wal-Mart Stores and Target, "must lean on their supply chains for growth and cost-saving opportunities," according to a report by Intesource, a company for e-sourcing solutions. The report, "Battling With the Big-Boxes: Three Strategies for Mid-Sized Retailers to Stay Competitive and Improve Profits," is available for free on the company's website. Progressive Grocer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research highlights growing role of snacks
    Snacks, which occupy a growing place in the American diet, tend to be divided into the categories of healthy and indulgent, researcher Global Industry Analysts says. Almonds, and nuts in general, are becoming a popular ingredient in snacks because they are nutritious and filling. Food Processing (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • PepsiCo eyes snack growth in Eastern Europe
    PepsiCo plans to use its purchase of Russia's Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods as a springboard for growth of its snack business in Eastern Europe. "Russia is just a base," CEO Indra Nooyi said. "You're doing it for the former Soviet Union countries. This is a business that is going to grow substantially." Bloomberg Businessweek (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pure Via overhauls look and website
    Pure Via has introduced fresh packaging and a revamped website. The packaging has earth-toned colors and is made from recycled and post-consumer content. The website includes recipes, healthy-lifestyle tips and information about sugar in the diet. Progressive Grocer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Friday Fact: Weekly sales per square foot totaled $10.58 in 2011
    To see more supermarket facts and figures, visit FMI.org. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • OU Kosher debuts Passover symbol
    Kosher certification organization OU Kosher has added the OU Kitniyot symbol for food approved for "those who consume kitniyot on Passover." A kitniyot diet, followed by Sephardic but not Ashkenazic Jews, allows consumption of rice, soybeans and legumes during the eight days of Passover. Progressive Grocer (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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