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February 1, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Whole Foods coordinator praises Detroit's food economy
    "We never saw Detroit as a food desert but as a resource-rich community," said Red Elk Banks, executive operations coordinator for Whole Foods Market, which is building a store downtown. It will be the sixth Michigan store for the retailer, which Banks says is attracted to Detroit's food culture, including urban farmers and artisan producers. Bridge Magazine (Lansing, Mich.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ShopRite provides staples at locked-in prices
    ShopRite is locking in low prices on staples including ground turkey, diapers and orange juice and adding items each week through April 6. "In reviewing top-selling products, we realized that we could bring our customers even greater values on the things they buy most often," spokeswoman Karen Meleta said. Progressive Grocer (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Franchise interest is up for Retail Food Group
    Retail Food Group, the largest multifood franchise operator in Australia, says inquiries increased 120% last month compared with January 2012. "We've seen a spike in people looking to take control of their destiny this year by owning and operating their own small business," said Faith Manning, national sales and leasing coordinator. (Australia) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Stater Bros. Charities campaigns for heart health
    For a 12th year, Stater Bros. Charities is promoting heart health through the "Have a Heart, Save a Heart" campaign, in partnership with the American Heart and the American Stroke associations. Since the campaign was launched, it has raised more than $3.4 million, including $363,523 last year by selling paper hearts at the register for $1 or $5. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Campbell takes on several ideas at once, CEO says
    Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison says the company has a "fire bullets" strategy of developing several ideas simultaneously. "The premise is to have multiple ideas going at the same time and place your bets on the opportunity that is the most viable," she said. "Then, you can expend whatever resources you have available to ensure its success, making it a cannonball." NJBIZ (New Jersey) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Fresh-produce pricing becomes part of FoodLink
    FoodLink MarketView has been added to the FoodLink commerce and traceability platform, providing information about prices of fresh produce. "With FoodLink MarketView, we're offering a simple way for suppliers to access up-to-date information about market pricing and trends and put it to use directly over the FoodLink network," Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Brooks said. Progressive Grocer (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • QuickChek streamlines hiring with JobApp Network
    QuickChek, with turnover of about 40%, is turning to a paperless, streamlined hiring system with JobApp Network. The system, which screens job seekers and gives them a score based on criteria such as weekend and holiday availability, is expected to save time and help the company hire the best candidates. Convenience Store News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  FMI Spotlight 
  • Reality check at annual Asset Protection Conference
    At this year's Asset Protection Conference, learn how to handle workplace violence and discover facts and myths about premise liability. The conference is scheduled March 10 to 13 in Phoenix. Learn more about the program and register online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • Home Food Safety Program offers produce-safety tips
    The Home Food Safety Program, a collaboration of ConAgra Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, urges home cooks to wash produce before eating and to wash hands frequently. Other tips are to cut produce on a board that has not been used for meat or fish and to avoid damaged or bruised parts of produce. United Press International (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."
--John Burroughs,
American naturalist and essayist

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