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September 14, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Student farmers provide Big Y produce
    University of Massachusetts students in the Student Farm Enterprise are growing organic produce to be sold at a Big Y Foods store in Amherst, Mass. "The high-quality organic vegetables that [students] grow are a great addition to our organic offerings at the Amherst Big Y," said Kevin Barry, director of produce and floral. Progressive Grocer (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend-Spotter 
  • FMI toolkit makes the business case for sustainability
    FMI's Sustainability Executive Committee is developing a toolkit, Making the Business Case for the C-Suite, that includes language to help sustainability professionals articulate a need for sustainability in less than a minute. The toolkit is free, "with the goal of helping the food industry move forward faster, together toward success," writes Jeanne von Zastrow, senior director of sustainability and industry relations. GreenRetailDecisions.com (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Municipal recycling more effective than producer-led program
    A study conducted by SAIC for the Grocery Manufacturers Association found that recycling programs run by states and cities are less expensive and more effective than ones led by consumer-packaging companies. In countries with extended producer responsibility, the recycling rate is 18% to 23%, while it is 24% in the U.S., the study found. Environmental Leader (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Timing of food consumption affects metabolism, study shows
    Mice that were fed a high-fat diet on an eating schedule weighed less than did those on unscheduled low-fat or high-fat diets with the same calorie count, according to a study from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The study in The FASEB Journal found that a scheduled diet resulted in a metabolism where fats were used for energy when food was not available. Medical News Today (9/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • BI-LO taps KSS Retail for price optimization at Winn-Dixie
    KSS Retail will provide price modeling and optimization for BI-LO banner Winn-Dixie Stores under an expanded agreement between the parent company and the solution provider. "The KSS price-optimization tool has strengthened BI-LO's value message with consumers by focusing its pricing efforts on the right items and the right locations," said Bruce Steadman, group vice president of local merchandising and owned brands. "The combined company will leverage this success across both banners." Progressive Grocer (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Soft drink restriction moves forward in NYC
    The Board of Health in New York City voted to approve a ban on the sale of soft drinks at restaurants and other venues in a container larger than 16 ounces. "New Yorkers are smart enough to decide for themselves what to eat and drink," said Eliot Hoff, spokesman for New Yorkers for Beverage Choices, which opposes the measure. CNN (9/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC soda restriction could affect retailers: Beverage-makers might adjust bottle sizes, even though sales of soft drinks at grocers and convenience stores are not restricted under New York City's ban on sales of large drinks at restaurants and other venues. Supermarket News (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Having it all at FMI's Sustainability Summit
    At this year's Sustainability Summit, scheduled Oct. 3 to 5 in Washington, D.C., Bob Willard will show attendees how to sell the business value of sustainability. After 34 years at ISM Canada, Willard will discuss avoiding risks and capturing opportunities in environmental and social issues. Learn more and register at TPASustainabilitySummit.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Sobeys CEO touts local decisions
    Marc Poulin, the new president and CEO of Sobeys, said decisions at the local level are good for business. "I truly believe that we can adapt to a local marketplace if people make decisions locally, but we've got to make sure, as a company, we have one strategy, one direction everyone follows," he said. The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia) (9/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Don't assume a door is closed; push on it. Do not assume if it was closed yesterday that it was closed today."
--Marian Wright Edelman,
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