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April 25, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Giant Food store in Pa. aims to sell beer in cafe
    A Giant Food Stores location in Ferguson Township, Pa., purchased a liquor license and will seek approval to sell beer in a distinct but attached cafe. "With the price of gas going high, customers are looking to consolidate their trips for convenience when they're out shopping," spokesman Chris Brand said. "Offering beer for sale will make it one less stop for them." Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hy-Vee adds sustainability efforts
    Hy-Vee marked Earth Day by introducing a website that provides information on the retailer's sustainability efforts as well as partnering with FishWise, a nonprofit that will help the retailer develop a sustainable-seafood policy. The website, Hy-Vee 360, includes information on how the chain cuts waste, saves energy and incorporates green-building practices. Progressive Grocer (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Price is top factor in deciding where to shop, study finds
    In a study by The NPD Group, more than 80% of shoppers in all age and income brackets said price is an extremely important or important consideration when choosing a place to shop. Consumers can "compare prices on the Web while at home or while standing in a brick-and-mortar store with their smartphones," said John Deputato, senior vice president of advanced analytics. "We certainly have moved to a time of calculated consumption for shoppers, and price has come to the forefront of the purchase decision." Progressive Grocer (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Private Brands 
  • Sainsbury shrinks toilet paper tube
    J Sainsbury created a smaller cardboard tube for its store-brand toilet paper that the company said saves energy. The product takes up less space and results in about 500 fewer truck trips from suppliers each year, Sainsbury said. "This is another step in its development, giving an essential household product a lower carbon footprint," said spokeswoman Kate Tucker. The Guardian (London) (4/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • FMI and CRN provide dietary-supplement info to pharmacists
    FMI partnered with the Council for Responsible Nutrition on an insert for the latter's free brochure Roadmap for Retailers, detailing legal obligations of pharmacists who sell dietary supplements. "Pharmacists are highly trained, valuable resources for consumers, and the Roadmap will serve as a helpful reference tool when guiding consumers to dietary supplements to support their health regimens," said Cathy Polley, FMI's vice president of health and wellness and the FMI Foundation's executive director. Drug Store News (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Walgreen introduces online tool for pharmacist selection
    Walgreen launched Find Your Pharmacist, an online tool that lets consumers choose a pharmacist based on areas of expertise, background and language. The tool, with information on pharmacists at Walgreen's 7,800-plus locations, can be accessed by computer or mobile device. "The pharmacist-patient relationship can be very instrumental in helping to improve health outcomes because patients often are talking with their pharmacist more often than their primary care physician," said Kermit Crawford, president of pharmacy, health and wellness. Drug Store News (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Hershey plans June debut of reduced-fat chocolate Simple Pleasures
    Hershey is hoping to break resistance to lower-fat chocolate with its June 1 introduction of Simple Pleasures, cream-filled chocolate with 30% less fat than other milk chocolate. The candy will be offered in dark chocolate with chocolate creme, milk chocolate with vanilla creme and milk chocolate with chocolate creme. They will be positioned as "an indulgent chocolate that has fewer calories," executives said. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • Carts, cows and Clydesdales: See it all at FMI2012
    This year in Dallas, FMI2012 will host dynamic exhibitors with interesting activities at their booths. Plan to visit them all with My Show Planner and by looking for updates via #FMI2012.
    • Want to know how your groceries feel? Enter to win a ride inside a giant shopping cart, parked outside the Lower A&B Entrance to the Dallas Convention Center exhibit hall. Visit Booth 8902 for more information.
    • Elsie the Cow will be waiting for her close-up at Borden Dairy's Booth 6622.
    • The infamous Anheuser-Busch InBev Clydesdale horses will visit the convention center's Lot C, so be sure to stop by Booth 7612 and learn more about the company's Clydesdale home-delivery sweepstakes and the Clydesdale on-site schedule.
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • USDA finds Calif. dairy cow positive for BSE
    The USDA confirmed that a dairy cow in central California that died last week had bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the state's first case since 2006. USDA Chief Veterinary Officer John Clifford emphasized that meat from the cow did not enter the food supply. "The detection of BSE shows that the surveillance program in place in California and around the country is working," California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said. "Milk and beef remain safe to consume." USA TODAY (4/25), Reuters (4/24), MSNBC/The Associated Press (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. and Canada outline ways to ensure imported-food safety
    The U.S. and Canada unveiled plans to improve the safety of imported food. The FDA released the Global Engagement Report, detailing a plan that includes more international offices. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency wants importers to develop a plan to identify, report and recall potentially dangerous products. FoodNavigator (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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All things are difficult before they are easy."
--Thomas Fuller,
British churchman and historian

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