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December 24, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Donations highlight Winn-Dixie, Harris Teeter holiday seasons
    The Winn-Dixie Foundation's generosity will take the form of $1.5 million in charitable contributions to 123 nonprofit organizations this holiday season. Harris Teeter announced annual contribution levels of more than $9.1 million in nonprofit donations for 2012, in addition to 3.7 million pounds of food donations to Feeding America partner agencies. Progressive Grocer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Contemplating Costco's wine choices
    "[O]ne's Costco luck can run hot and cold," explains new cardholder and wine reviewer Lettie Teague. "Happy surprises happen, but the good wines rarely last very long." The chain's selection varies from store to store, and it changes within stores on a regular basis. Blogger Andrew Cullen's advice when it comes to Costco: "If you see it -- buy it." The Wall Street Journal (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Mintel releases holiday shopping behavior analytics
    Intelligence supplier Mintel released extensive analytics on holiday shopping trends. According to the report, 91% of Americans made some sort of festive-related purchase last year including holiday food (61%), decorations (35%) and alcoholic beverages (27%), and 41% of Americans attended a party or event at a friend’s house last year during holidays. Progressive Grocer (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Fresh Ideas 
  • New production process creates nutrient-filled puffed rice
    Scientists discovered a new process that produces puffed rice with three times more protein and eight times more dietary fiber than commercial puffed rice. Unlike traditional puffed rice, the new, crispier strand contains calcium, iron, zinc and other nutrients. "The balanced nutritional profile and use of staple crop byproducts such as broken rice makes these expanded crisps unique to the marketplace," noted a report on the product by ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Food Business Review (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • ActiveHealth, NuVal offer app for buying healthy foods
    ActiveHealth Management and NuVal have teamed up on the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System application that is designed to help people choose healthy food. The app scores food based on nutritional value, connects users to a database of food information based on scanning a bar code and compares different foods to encourage alternatives. "By providing access to this popular on-the-go nutritional scoring system, and integrating it with our other healthy living tools on MyActiveHealth, we are empowering [customers] to make those positive changes throughout the normal course of their days," says ActiveHealth President and CEO Richard Noffsinger. Progressive Grocer (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • 99% of food retailers donate food to food banks
    Twenty-one percent of those retailers donated more than 1 million pounds of food this year. Learn more about how supermarkets are feeding their communities by downloading the free Decades of Donations report in the FMI Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • Sainsbury's CEO may step down next year
    U.K. supermarket chain J. Sainsbury's is reportedly preparing to replace CEO Justin King, who could announce his departure as soon as February. Group Commercial Director Mike Coupe appears to be the front-runner to replace King, who likely would stay on until 2014. Bloomberg (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • The dailyLead will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, the dailyLead will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home."
--Edith Sitwell,
British poet and critic


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