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March 16, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • With merger, Sprouts spreads its wings
    Sprouts Farmers Market, which acquired Henry's in 2011 and last week merged with Sunflower Farmers Market, has 139 stores and plans to add 15 a year. Carlotta Mast, editor-in-chief of Natural Foods Merchandiser, said Sprouts and Sunflower were known for low prices. "This merger could really enable them to have even more buying power in the market so they can be more aggressive with their pricing," Mast said. San Diego Union-Tribune (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Shop 'n Save president talks tech
    Marlene Gebhard, president of Shop 'n Save, said technology has changed the way people shop, as young people "don't want to touch anything paper. They want everything through their iPhone and Android." The SUPERVALU banner has a smartphone application through aisle411 and is developing an app through SUPERVALU. "Hopefully, down the road, we'll have as much information on it as with aisle411," she said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Food companies are hungry for snacks
    With experts predicting a continued trend away from sit-down meals and toward snacks instead, manufacturers -- including ConAgra Foods, Kellogg, Kraft Foods and General Mills -- are introducing snacks and acquiring snack companies. Among advantages of the snack market are that prices can be increased more readily than with staple food and snack habits worldwide are relatively new and not as culturally varied as meal habits. Fox Business/Dow Jones Newswires (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey finds "continued frugality" among shoppers
    In a survey from SymphonyIRI Group, more than half of shoppers said prices influence where they shop, and three-quarters said prices influence what brands they buy. "Among optimistic and pessimistic shoppers alike, all indications point to continued frugality and conservatism in 2012," said Susan Viamari, editor of the report. (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Product's origin influences value perception
    Research published in the Journal of International Marketing shows that shoppers are willing to spend more for products from countries with a positive reputation. For example, shoppers said they would pay $1.28 on average for Evian made in France and $1.04 for Evian from Turkey, though the price differential decreased with brand familiarity. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Rice Epicurean Markets prepares to dispense nutrition advice
    A nutrition-advice column is about to be launched online and in weekly circulars by Rice Epicurean Markets, a family-owned, five-store chain in Houston. "People are more health conscious and more confused than ever," said President Gary Friedlander. "Rice Epicurean Markets is a very health-conscious supermarket, and our goal is to promote consumer health while grocery shopping." Progressive Grocer (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Duane Reade will carry Mom Made Foods products
    Duane Reade signed on to sell three product lines from Mom Made Foods: Mom Made Meals, Mom Made Munchies and Mom Made Bites. Mom Made Foods, which sells organic frozen food for children, also has distribution at retailers including A&P, Waldbaum's, Hannaford Supermarkets and Shaw's. Drug Store News (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Recipe submission is closed. Let the battle begin!
    We're taking it to the kitchens in the ultimate recipe challenge: Supermarket Chef Showdown. Root for your favorite grocer at FMI2012 and see who will come out on top. Follow @FMI_ORG to get updates on #FMI2012, #SupermarketChef and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Global Update 
  • U.K. chief will leave Tesco after a year on the job
    Tesco's CEO for U.K. operations, Richard Brasher, will step down from his seat on the board immediately and leave the company in July, the retailer said. CEO Philip Clarke will add U.K. operations to his role, as the chain works to reverse several years of slowing domestic sales. "This greater focus will allow me to oversee the improvements that are so important for customers," Clarke said. The Telegraph (London) (3/14), The Wall Street Journal (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety and Security 
  • USDA will alter ground-beef selections for schools
    The USDA was set to announce a plan to give school districts a choice in the ground beef they purchase. The change comes amid controversy about "lean finely textured beef" that is sold to some schools as a low-cost option. The change, expected to take effect in the fall, will allow schools to select 95% beef patties with the controversial ingredient or ground-beef patties made without it, which are less lean. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play."
--Friedrich Nietzsche,
German philosopher

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