Purina and Harris Teeter plan dog festival and photo contest | Dierbergs cooking class supports pet rescue | Grocers turn attention to convenience channel
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March 14, 2013
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Purina and Harris Teeter plan dog festival and photo contest
Harris Teeter and Purina are preparing for the Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival, including a photo contest, to celebrate dog parks in Mecklenburg County, N.C. Dog owners can submit a photo through March 24, and the image deemed most clever and original will be crowned the winner April 27 at the festival. Progressive Grocer (3/13)
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Dierbergs cooking class supports pet rescue
Dierbergs Markets chef Marianne Moore hosted an interactive cooking class that gave 20% of proceeds to Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The family-owned supermarket has been supporting the organization with donations at checkout since 2008. In 2012, customers contributed nearly $45,000 for animal-care expenses. Progressive Grocer (3/13)
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Grocers turn attention to convenience channel
Grocers including Giant Eagle, United Supermarkets and Hy-Vee are adding convenience stores, and others are tying fuel rewards to convenience store gas stations. "I think we're going to continue to see a blurring whereby the convenience channel will expand," said Don Stuart, chief operating officer of Kantar Retail Americas Consulting, adding, "grocery retailers are thinking if they can help their customers save on fuel, more money can be spent on food." Convenience Store News (3/13)
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Mobile promotions boost impulse buys, study finds
Research published by the American Marketing Association shows that shoppers make more unplanned purchases when prompted by promotions through a mobile device. "Retailers have the ability to target their promotions in ways that weren't possible before, and our study provides a road map for mobile marketers who seek to increase unplanned spending in stores," said study co-author Sam Hui, a professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. Progressive Grocer (3/13)
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Independent Operator Spotlight
Prepared meals join lineup at Door to Door Organics
A rotating weekly menu of prepared meals will be offered by Door to Door Organics, an online-only food retailer based in Colorado. Door to Door Organics delivers natural and organic food in nine states and will initially roll out prepared meals in Kansas City, Mo. Progressive Grocer (3/12)
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Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy
Hy-Vee uses LDM message system to reach pharmacy customers
Hy-Vee is adopting LDM Group's CarePoints system to provide messages directly to pharmacy customers. "Our pharmacy patients consider us to be a partner in their health," said Bob Egeland, Hy-Vee's vice president of pharmacy. "By joining forces with LDM and the leading-edge technologies it offers, we empower our pharmacists to deliver adherence support to patients so they remain compliant with their medications." Chain Drug Review (3/13)
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Study sees cancer benefit in bitter melon
The juice of bitter melon might kill pancreatic cancer cells by restricting their ability to metabolize glucose, research with rats suggests. "Many researchers are engineering new drugs to target cancer cells' ability to supply themselves with energy, and here we have a naturally occurring compound that may do just that," researcher Rajesh Agarwal said. NutraIngredients (3/13)
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Supplier News
Unilever launches social and mobile campaign for Dove
Unilever is promoting skin-care brand Dove with a Facebook application that can be used on a mobile device or computer. Users can see videos comparing Dove with competing brands. Mobile Marketer (3/13)
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Created by the FMI Industry Collaboration Council and the ICC Research & Insights subcommittee, the Knowledge Portal contains research and material from associate members. Material includes consumer insight and studies on the supply chain, the center store and marketing. Visit FMI.org for member access.
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Food Safety and Security
ABA and retailers applaud NYC soda ruling
The American Beverage Association and retailers are praising New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling's ruling against a plan to restrict the size of soft drinks sold in New York City. "We look forward to collaborating with city leaders on solutions that will have a meaningful and lasting impact on the people of New York City," the ABA said. CSP (3/13)
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