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February 22, 2011

Save-A-Lot on Monday announced that it was expanding its reach by opening five new stores in the Chicago market.

ST. LOUIS — Save-A-Lot on Monday announced that it was expanding its reach by opening five new stores in the Chicago market.

The hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery retailer and subsidiary of Supervalu would nearly double its presence in the area, bringing its total Chicagoland stores to 13. The five stores, located in Chicago's South Side, range in size from 11,000 to 21,000 sq. ft.

February 18, 2011

Discount grocer Aldi has opened its first-ever New York City-area store in the borough of Queens.

NEW YORK — Discount grocer Aldi has opened its first-ever New York City-area store in the borough of Queens.

The store, which is located in Rego Park, marks the first of three grocery stores the company plans to open in New York, including new locations in the Bronx and Bay Shore, Long Island.

Aldi, which offers a limited assortment of items, said it will bring its standard floor plan to Queens, which includes wider-than-typical 8-ft. aisles.

February 18, 2011

Rising commodity costs and brutal competition have been squeezing profits from the ready-to-eat cereal category.

Rising commodity costs and brutal competition have been squeezing profits from the ready-to-eat cereal category. Dollar sales for the 52-week period ended Dec. 26, 2010, were down 3%, according to SymphonyIRI Group. Sue Viamari, editor of SymphonyIRI’s Times and Trends, said the category has been in decline during the past several quarters, and there was a 0.7% decline in price per volume during the same period.


February 17, 2011

The Washington Post on Thursday morning tagged the Wegmans in Lanham, Md. — a suburb of Washington — as "Club Wegmans," the latest hot spot to meet singles.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post on Thursday morning tagged the Wegmans in Lanham, Md. — a suburb of Washington — as "Club Wegmans," the latest hot spot to meet singles.

And it’s not just singles. According to the article, “Singles hook up in front of bins of fresh produce; couples gather for dates in the grocery store's sit-down restaurant; and shoppers sway to music from overhead speakers, singing along with Prince, Luther Vandross and Teena Marie.”

February 3, 2011

Weis Markets on Thursday announced the launch of a mobile version of WeisMarkets.com offering customers access to its weekly circular, online ordering options for gift cards and party platters, prescription refills and a new Healthy Living section.

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Thursday announced the launch of a mobile version of WeisMarkets.com offering customers access to its weekly circular, online ordering options for gift cards and party platters, prescription refills and a new Healthy Living section.

February 1, 2011

Kroger banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less/Foods Co have kicked off their respective charitable campaigns to benefit children in the markets they serve.

LOS ANGELES — Kroger banners Ralphs and Food 4 Less/Foods Co have kicked off their respective charitable campaigns to benefit children in the markets they serve.

January 26, 2011

Yoplait Fiber One is introducing a 50-calorie yogurt for health-conscious consumers looking for a guilt-free treat.

MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait Fiber One is introducing a 50-calorie yogurt for health-conscious consumers looking for a guilt-free treat.

The new blueberry flavor contains bits of real blueberry in each creamy cup and contains 5 g of fiber and 0 g of fat.

Yoplait Fiber One yogurt is available nationwide in four-packs of 4-oz. cups at a suggested retail price of $2.79.

January 25, 2011

Yoplait is expanding its decadent line of rich and creamy yogurt parfaits with two new flavors.

MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait is expanding its decadent line of rich and creamy yogurt parfaits with two new flavors.

Chocolate éclair and cherry cheesecake are the newest additions to Yoplait Delights. Boasting just 100 calories and 1.5 g of fat, dessert lovers can enjoy a tasty treat without tipping the scales.

Yoplait Delights is available nationwide at a suggested retail price of $2.99 for a package of four 4-oz. cups. Additional flavors in the lineup include chocolate raspberry, triple berry crème, lemon torte and crème caramel.

January 20, 2011

Coca-Cola announced it is extending its collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in a new global partnership.

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola announced it is extending its collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in a new global partnership.

Coca-Cola announced a $2 million investment to support the IFRC’s work in disaster response and preparedness, and public engagement, in communities that both organizations serve. Coca-Cola's charitable arm, the Coca-Cola Foundation, will donate $1 million to the IFRC’s Disaster Response Emergency Fund.

January 19, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority, an agency that regulates ads in Britain, said that Coca-Cola needs to stop running certain claims for its Vitaminwater brand.

LONDON — The Advertising Standards Authority, an agency that regulates ads in Britain, said that Coca-Cola needs to stop running certain claims for its Vitaminwater brand.

According to published reports, the agency said that Coca-Cola described the flavored water drinks as "delicious and nutritious" in ads that ran last year. The Advertising Standards Authority said that Vitaminwater's drinks contain 4 tsp to 5 tsp of sugar, and did not qualify to tout the "nutritious" claim.

January 11, 2011

Front-of-pack labels may not sway customers from purchasing certain items in stores.

NEW YORK — Front-of-pack labels may not sway customers from purchasing certain items in stores.

Conducting a study among more than 1,000 shoppers on their opinion of such labels and changes in purchase intent among 25 major brands with and without FOP labeling, HealthFocus International found that 43% of shoppers said that it’s unlikely that FOP labeling will impact their food choices. However, some purchase intent scores changed by more than 25%.

January 10, 2011

A Dr Pepper Snapple Group brand is getting refreshed.

PLANO, Texas — A Dr Pepper Snapple Group brand is getting refreshed.

The beverage giant is updating its Hawaiian Punch brand by bringing its surfer mascot to the 21st century with a computer-generated design, according to published reports.

And just five years after the 60-year-old brand launched, it has reformulated its Light Hawaiian Punch to include sweetener sucralose, only 10 calories and 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C. The original Hawaiian Punch also will trim down; the beverage will have 25% less calories and contain sucralose.

January 10, 2011

PepsiCo has named a new president for its Quaker Foods and Snacks business.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo has named a new president for its Quaker Foods and Snacks business.

Jose Luis Prado assumed his role this month as the leader of the business unit, responsible for the continued growth of Quaker-branded products globally. He also leads PepsiCo’s global Baking Center of Excellence, which develops and supports baked projects companywide, PepsiCo said.

Prado joined PepsiCo in 1984 and most recently served as president of Gamesa-Quaker Mexico.

January 6, 2011

Shaw’s Supermarkets, a Supervalu banner, on Wednesday announced five store closures in the coming week — three in Massachusetts and two in Rhode Island — according to published reports.

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Shaw’s Supermarkets, a Supervalu banner, on Wednesday announced five store closures in the coming week — three in Massachusetts and two in Rhode Island — according to published reports.

Shaw’s currently operates 174 stores in New England.

January 6, 2011

PepsiCo is extending its SoBe brand with a new line of zero-calorie beverages.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo is extending its SoBe brand with a new line of zero-calorie beverages.

SoBe Lifewater with electrolytes, available in Macintosh Apple Cherry and Strawberry Kiwi Lemonade, are infused with vitamins and made with the all-natural sweetener, PureVia, which offers full flavor with zero calories per serving.

January 5, 2011

DALLAS — Reducing sodium is at the top of consumer request lists when it comes to what they want in snacks, according to Frito-Lay. SymphonyIRI data showed that 52% of consumers in 2009 identified low sodium as an important snack attribute — up from 43% in 2007.


Manufacturers are giving consumers what they want. Frito-Lay, for example, continues to expand its lightly salted chip varieties, which offer 50% less sodium per ounce per serving.

January 5, 2011

Supplier News — A citrus soda made by Dr Pepper Snapple Group is making a major splash in the Southern states in which it’s currently sold. Sun Drop is made with orange juice and caffeine. DPS’ sudden focus on Sun Drop stems from the company’s interest in directing consumer interest to flavored sodas, a noncola segment of the soft drink industry in which the company specializes.



January 3, 2011

A nut snack brand now is part of a candy company's portfolio.

STAMFORD, Conn. — A nut snack brand now is part of a candy company's portfolio.

DeMet's Candy Co. said it has completed its acquisition of the TrueNorth brand from Frito-Lay North America, a PepsiCo division. The acquisition is said to build on the confectioner's existing portfolio, which includes such treats as Flipz, Treasures and Stixx. DeMet's is owned by a private equity fund.

December 28, 2010

Frito-Lay will reformulate half of its snack products to be completely natural by the end of 2011. The products will include no artificial or synthetic ingredients, no artificial flavors and no preservatives, including MSG.

PLANO, Texas — Frito-Lay has vowed to reformulate the ingredient mix of about half of its snack products to be completely natural — including three of its biggest brands: Lay's, Tostitos and Sunchips — by the end of 2011, the company announced Tuesday. Once reformulated, the products  will contain only all-natural ingredients, and will include no artificial or synthetic ingredients, no artificial flavors and no preservatives, including MSG. The company maintained that the changes will not impact the products’ flavor.

December 22, 2010

The philanthropic arm of Coca-Cola donated funds to 38 organizations that support water conservation, community recycling, active healthy living and education.

ATLANTA — The philanthropic arm of Coca-Cola donated funds to 38 organizations that support water conservation, community recycling, active healthy living and education.

December 20, 2010

Unilever has confirmed that Alberto-Culver shareholders have approved the proposed $3.7 billion Unilever acquisition, which was announced in September.

LONDON and ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Unilever has confirmed that Alberto-Culver shareholders have approved the proposed $3.7 billion Unilever acquisition, which was announced in September.

Separately, Unilever confirmed that it has received a second request for information from the United States Department of Justice in the regulatory review process. Unilever noted that it will continue to work with the DOJ in connection with its review.

December 20, 2010

With the new year approaching, Nestlé Health Science S.A. and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences — both created to pioneer a new industry between food and pharma — became operational.

VEVEY, Switzerland — With the new year approaching, Nestlé Health Science S.A. and the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences — both created to pioneer a new industry between food and pharma — became operational.

December 16, 2010

Yogurt brand Dannon agreed to drop what government officials are calling "exaggerated health claims" for two of its products.

WASHINGTON — Yogurt brand Dannon agreed to drop what government officials are calling "exaggerated health claims" for two of its products.

December 9, 2010

Coca-Cola is looking to spread holiday cheer by asking consumers to donate their My Coke Rewards points to help generate gifts for unprivileged children.

ATLANTA — Coca-Cola is looking to spread holiday cheer by asking consumers to donate their My Coke Rewards points to help generate gifts for unprivileged children.

By logging onto MCR.com/holiday, registered My Coke Rewards members can donate their points to Toys for Tots by entering codes found on 13 participating Coca-Cola products. The points will be awarded to Toys for Tots. Coca-Cola also is donating $120,000 to Toys for Tots; the money will be divided between eight cities across America.

December 8, 2010

A maker of private-brand products has appointed a new CEO.

STAMFORD, Conn. — A maker of private-brand products has appointed a new CEO.

Daymon Worldwide said consumer packaged goods veteran Carla Cooper, who has served on the company's board since 2009, will replace co-founder Milton Sender, who will retain his position as chairman of the board.

Prior to joining Daymon Worldwide, Cooper served in senior management positions at such companies as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble and Kellogg.