The Produce News
Recently, publicly traded Safeway Stores put itself up for sale and found a suitor. Many looked at the sale and opined that the mega-supermarket format has passed it prime, with the firm being worth more to investors if it is sold and broken into pieces than if it continues to operate as one of the nation’s largest supermarket chains.
A couple of supermarket experts weighed in on the subject and agreed that adapting and changing to the current set of circumstances in the United States is the key to success in the retail food industry.
Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of what’s left of them for good. The FDA announced Thursday it will require the food industry to gradually phase out artificial trans fats, saying they are a threat to public health.
The CircleUp Kingmakers—25 of the most influential “kingmakers” in consumer and retail. They are men and women whose names repeatedly arise in conversations with industry experts and consumer companies large and small. We’re especially excited that SPINS CEO Tony Olson is featured!
The slime green nozzle of a Slurpee machine, clenching and then heaving its bowels into the bottomless maw of a Big Gulp. Sound familiar? All of these iconic hallmarks of the 7-Eleven experience might soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new store redesign that attempts to emphasize healthier living.
Diet soda, it turns out, may not be the panacea for weight loss that we all thought — and many of us hoped — it was. In fact, a Purdue University study has found that diet sodas may be linked to a number of health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease, just like their more sugary counterparts.
New York Times
With pressure growing to label genetically modified foods, the developers of biotechnology crops are starting a campaign to gain support for their products by promising new openness. The centerpiece of the effort is a Web site that is expected to go into operation on Monday to answer virtually any question posed by consumers about genetically engineered crops.
The Wallstreet Journal
Like a lot of aging Americans, consumer products and drug companies are hoping vitamins will give them an energy boost. Procter & Gamble Co., drug maker Pfizer Inc. and Arm & Hammer owner Church & Dwight Co. all acquired makers of dietary supplements last year. More deals are expected, as companies bet baby boomers and rising health-care costs will drive demand for products that promise health in a bottle.
More than 400 drugs are under development for the 10 most common chronic health conditions affecting elderly people, according to a new report by a drug industry trade group. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America listed 465 drugs under various stages of development, adding that the aging of the population made chronic diseases a principal threat to the health and productivity of older Americans, as well as contribution to growing healthcare costs.
Hershey has announced its “21St Century Cocoa Plan,” a roadmap for how the company will work to help cocoa communities around the world grow sustainable cocoa for the next century. Hershey will combine its responsible sourcing practices to expand the supply of sustainable cocoa while investing in community programs that improve education and the livelihoods of cocoa-growing families around the world.
Topping both exhibitor and attendee records, Natural Products Expo West drew more than 63,000 industry members and 2,428 exhibiting companies at the Anaheim Convention Center, March 7-10, 2013 in Anaheim, CA.
Maybe digital receipts and coupons are something you need to start promoting—and fast. The second-largest supplier of POS receipt paper, Germany’s Koehler, still plans to stop shipping paper to the U.S. in April, after a December ruling by the Commerce Department that will increase tariffs by more than 70 percent. That could translate into shortages and will almost certainly mean higher prices for thermal paper, which is used in most chains’ POS printers.
This month, Whole Foods became the first retailer in the country to announce that it would require its more than 300 stores to label all food containing genetically modified ingredients. Despite its defeat, Prop 37 played a role in the decision by Whole Foods, according to Walter Robb, the Texas-based chain’s co-chief executive. Robb spoke with The Washington Post about the thinking behind the recent announcement and the ripple effect he hopes it will have.
A recent Department of Justice ruling says that celiac disease and gluten sensitivity qualify as “disabilities” under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The action raises interesting questions: What, exactly, is a disability? And how will this ruling affect other food-service operations, including restaurants?
New Hope 360
According to an article recently published by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, more than half of adults use dietary supplements. Supplement users reported motivations related to overall health more commonly than for supplementing nutrients from food intakes.
The Gourmet Retailer
Boulder, Colo.-based natural foods company, Justin’s, was the official winner of the Natural Products Expo West Best of West: Press Award March 8 in Anaheim, Calif. Find out who else one Best Of West honors.
The marketplace for traditional grocers is under attack, and this battle is only likely to intensify in coming years. Fierce competition is only in part to blame; what is really setting in is a more permanent shift in consumer spending. The new normal looks more like an hourglass, with expanding markets for affluent and value-seeking consumers and a shrinking middle class with a shrinking budget for food.
Natural Foods Merchandiser
POS programs can offer serious profit-boosting potential, helping to manage categories, control inventory, monitor success of sales and promotions, and even track employee performance. Three experts share the best ways to use a POS system to bolster your business and, ultimately, put more money in your registers.
Almost one million people have signed an online petition to stop the US approving a scheme that would allow genetically modified salmon to enter the food chain. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in favour of allowing a fish produced by scientists at AquaBounty to reach the dinner table.
Dukkah on your snack crackers? Cajeta in your stir-fry? These international ingredients are among the flavor trends that McCormick & Co Inc thinks will be hot a few years from now.
New Hope 360
The Vitamin Shoppe is poised to become a lot bigger—and stronger—in 2013 with its recently announced acquisition of Seattle-based Super Supplements. The $50 million cash purchase will give the national supplement retail chain 31 Super Supplements stores in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
America’s fastest growers span all industries, states, and revenue brackets. They comprise franchises, do business all over the world, and are among the most-trafficked internet websites. Learn more about this elite group – specifically the leaders in Food & Bev.
Walmart today further strengthened its commitment to a sustainable global supply chain by announcing a series of initiatives to make the company’s supply chain in the United States, China and around the world more sustainable.
The foundation of innovation is functional ingredients. This remains true whether your finished product is a food, beverage, supplement or cosmetic. But within this bit of conventional wisdom, there are trends, counter-trends and shifting sands which savvy companies can capitalize on to improve their next product launch—or the direction of the business.
More stores and banks find it’s profitable to offer shoppers electronic rather than print receipts, because they use the e-mail address for direct marketing. But do e-receipts pose consumer dangers?
New Hope 360
Every Life Time club is home to a LifeCafés—and up until recently, members could pick up a sandwich, Diet Coke and even bodybuilding supplements in the café on their way out of the club. Times are changing at Life Time, however, and now only food, beverage and supplement products that meet the company’s Good Food Rules will be sold by the company.
“Pink slime” is still on the menu at America’s school cafeterias. After celebrity chef Jamie Oliver waged a public campaign, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and Burger King announced last week that they would stop selling ground beef treated with ammonia, but U.S. Department of Agriculture officials told The Daily they will buy 7 million pounds of the ammonia-cleansed meat for the national school lunch program in the coming months.
Yahoo’s Daily Ticker
According to The Organic Trade Association, sales of organic food totaled $29.3 billion in 2011. But a recent report from Stanford University found that organic food may not be worth the extra cost. Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods (which sells lots of organic food), disagrees with the Stanford study, and not just because of his job.
Natural Foods Merchandiser
A communication plan is an important part of any emergency manual. Employee communication in times of inclement weather or other emergency is key, but don’t forget to keep your customers in the know, too. Social media offers a direct connection, so include it in your planning.
An omega-3 fatty acid plentiful in fish oil boosts the ability of healthy young adults, whose brains are already at their peak levels of speed and performance, to hold several items in memory for a short time, a study has found. The study is the first to suggest that fish oil might enhance cognitive performance in healthy people by boosting their working memory.
Sugar, the public health crisis that won’t go away, would be an easier problem to solve if the answer was simply to replace or eliminate sugar from the American diet. But, it turns out, another factor’s at play: reprogramming our palates’ penchant for sweet foods—natural, alternative sweeteners, included.
Natural Products Insider
The mere mention of a natural herb or remedy on “The Dr. Oz Show” has the potential to skyrocket a supplement’s popularity with consumers. Lately, Dr. Mehmet Oz has put his stamp of approval on some well-known botanicals such as aloe vera, garlic and ginseng, but some of the lesser known ingredients may surprise you.
This has been one hell of a week for energy drinks. On Monday, the New York Times published an article citing five deaths reported to the FDA since 2009 all linked to Monster Energy drink. Tuesday Monster came out with an official statement saying that it would defend its products and that they “have always been safe.”
Nutrition Business Journal
n article published last week from Bloomberg Businessweek—entitled “For Probiotic Drinks, Asia Is the Place”—argues that, because of lax regulations on health claims in Asian countries, probiotic drinks sell best in countries like India, China and Japan. The United States and Europe, on the other hand, “where regulators have been tough on food health claims,” are cast together as unlikely markets for success in probiotics.
Organic milk is gaining share as a percentage of total milk volume across a number of retail channels, including supermarkets, a recent report shows.
The folks at e-commerce analytics firm Jirafe have compiled a bunch of data on online spending habits broken down by state.
The study looked at the 97 million Americans who shopped online between August 2011 and August 2012. It found that people in California make up a whopping 13.3 percent of all online spending in the U.S.
Recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of its ethnic beauty shoppers, Target has in recent years been working to bolster its ethnic sets in-store, and that effort continues, as evidenced by a media event held here Tuesday evening.
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