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March 19, 2012
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  • Swiss Farms drive-thru rolls into N.C.
    Pennsylvania grocery chain Swiss Farms opened a store with a drive-thru window in Charlotte, N.C., the first outside the retailer's home state. The store has about 800 items; customers drive up to the window, place their order, then receive items without leaving the car. WISTV (Columbia, S.C.) (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pathmark store in N.J. gets Hispanic accent
    A 55,000-square-foot Pathmark store in Weehawken, N.J., was overhauled and started selling more items from Central America, South America and Mexico, including empanadas in the bakery and cafe especial in the full-service espresso bar. "Our remodeled Weehawken store shows our steadfast commitment to serving our customers in the community through a neighborhood store that continually offers shoppers products that match their needs and cultural preferences," said Sam Martin, president and CEO of Pathmark parent A&P. Progressive Grocer (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Safeway, Wegmans, Whole Foods are considered highly ethical
    The Ethisphere Institute's sixth-annual "World's Most Ethical Companies" list includes Safeway, Wegmans Food Markets and Whole Foods Market among food retailers, while Costco Wholesale is listed among general retailers. Meanwhile, a customer-loyalty ranking from Satmetrix gives high marks to Costco, Trader Joe's and Wegmans, based on ratings from more than 30,000 customers. Supermarket News (3/16), Progressive Grocer (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Price still matters, but other trends are emerging
    A SymphonyIRI report on food industry trends shows that customers still choose stores and brands based on value, but other trends are expected to influence the industry this year. For example, shoppers are relying more on digital media for coupons, lists and other cost-saving tactics; drugstores are adding groceries; and innovation in private-label products is accelerating. Drug Store News (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study links green tea to oral health
    Researchers with Israel's Institute of Technology said compounds in green tea promote oral health, warding off bad breath, tooth decay and even mouth cancer. Their study focused on a specific polyphenol, epigallocatechin 3 gallate, or EGCG, saying it contains "the most interesting components in green tea leaves." The Times of India/Press Trust of India (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • High blueberry and apple intake appears to curb diabetes risk
    Data on about 200,000 people show that those who eat many blueberries and apples are 23% less likely to develop diabetes compared with non-eaters. Certain flavonoids abundant in the fruits might play a role in reducing diabetes risk, researchers said. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Rising prices might spur food production, Nestle CEO says
    Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke said the rising price of agriculture worldwide likely will encourage investment that boosts food production. "People are motivated again to be in agriculture," he said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. He also noted that "we're going to have a world that is going to have 2 to 3 billion more people in the next few years." Bloomberg Businessweek (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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