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October 18, 2012

While Supervalu has completed its overhaul of its value proposition across its Jewel-Osco banner, the grocer will be analyzing the impact before replicating the price repositioning across its entire chain.

MINNEAPOLIS — While Supervalu has completed its overhaul of its value proposition across its Jewel-Osco banner, the grocer will be analyzing the impact before replicating the price repositioning across its entire chain, the Minnesota-based supermarket chain announced Thursday morning. "We continue to have a market-leading price position amongst conventional food retailers in three markets," Wayne Sales, Supervalu president, CEO and chairman told analysts during the second-quarter conference call.

October 18, 2012

Supervalu on Thursday morning announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann, who has decided to leave the company.

 MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday morning announced it has named Janel Haugarth to lead its independent business organization, replacing Leon Bergmann, who has decided to leave the company. 

October 18, 2012

Target is enticing shoppers this holiday season with new initiatives, including price match, exclusive gift offerings and shoppable advertisements.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target is enticing shoppers this holiday season with new initiatives, including price match, exclusive gift offerings and shoppable advertisements.

“Target’s holiday plans are built around an outstanding shopping experience, exclusive merchandise and competitive prices,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Target Chairman, president and CEO. “Our guests will be able to shop with confidence this holiday season knowing that we are intensely focused on providing them the right merchandise at the right price.”

October 4, 2012

Target will roll out QR codes in stores in time for the holiday shopping season.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target will roll out QR codes in stores in time for the holiday shopping season. Beginning Oct. 14, each of the chain's top 20 toys will have a QR code that shoppers can scan with their mobile device, allowing them to purchase the toy directly and ship it for free to anyone, anywhere in the U.S. The toys will be promoted with signs featuring the QR codes.

September 26, 2012

Contradicting claims that showrooming undermines retail sales, new survey results from loyalty management company Aimia revealed that showroomers exhibit more loyal behavior than nonshowroomers, making them an ideal target for retailers.

MINNEAPOLIS — Contradicting claims that showrooming undermines retail sales, new survey results from loyalty management company Aimia revealed that showroomers exhibit more loyal behavior than nonshowroomers, making them an ideal target for retailers.

Retail showroomers, who browse for items in-store before using their smartphones to find a lower price online, also were found to be active participants in loyalty and reward programs, according to the "Through the Looking Glass" retail brief released on Tuesday.

September 21, 2012

Target customers who receive the retailer's mobile coupons now can access them on their iPhone or iPod Touch via Passbook.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target customers who receive the retailer's mobile coupons now can access them on their iPhone or iPod Touch via Passbook.

"We're thrilled to bring our guests the ability to use Target mobile coupons via Passbook on their iPhone and iPod Touch," said Phil McKoy, VP Target.com and mobile experience. "Passbook marks an exciting step forward as Target continues to seek the most innovative ways to deliver a great shopping experience to our guests."

September 20, 2012

Supervalu on Thursday announced the appointment of Kathy Persian as SVP and chief information officer.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday announced the appointment of Kathy Persian as SVP and chief information officer. Persian, 45, joined the company in February 2010 in the role of group VP retail and merchandising systems, and later moved to group VP corporate planning, analysis and business process. 

Persian was named to the CIO post following the decision by Wayne Shurts to accept a position with another company, Supervalu reported. In her new role as chief information officer, Persian will lead all of the company’s information technology activities.

September 11, 2012

Yoplait has kicked off its annual Save Lids to Save Lives breast cancer awareness campaign.

MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait has kicked off its annual Save Lids to Save Lives breast cancer awareness campaign.

The yogurt brand said that as part of its campaign, the company once again has tapped actress and breast cancer survivor Adamari Lopez to join Yoplait's Save Lids to Save Lives Tour. The tour is making its way across the United States, stopping in U.S. cities with large Hispanic populations. The tour kicked off Sept. 6 in Miami and ends Oct. 26 in Houston. She will also visit New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix, Yoplait said.

September 7, 2012

MOM Brands has boosted its Three Sisters cereal line with the addition of two new varieties.

MINNEAPOLIS — MOM Brands has boosted its Three Sisters cereal line with the addition of two new varieties.

Free of artificial flavors or preservatives, saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol, the new multigrain berry and multigrain cinnamon varieties are made with whole grain oats, whole grain barley and whole grain triticale (a cross between wheat and rye with higher levels of essential amino acids), boasting 43 g of whole grains per serving. What's more, both flavors also carry the 100% whole grains stamp from the Whole Grains Council, the company said.

September 5, 2012

Supervalu on Wednesday afternoon announced it will close approximately 60 underperforming or nonstrategic stores this fiscal year, including 38 in its retail food reporting segment and 22 Save-A-Lot locations.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Wednesday afternoon announced it will close approximately 60 underperforming or nonstrategic stores this fiscal year, including 38 in its retail food reporting segment and 22 Save-A-Lot locations. The majority of the stores are expected to close before Dec. 1, which marks the end of the company’s fiscal 2013 third quarter.

August 29, 2012

Moving ahead with its previously announced turnaround strategy, Supervalu said it has overhauled its executive leadership team.

MINNEAPOLIS — Moving ahead with its previously announced turnaround strategy, Supervalu said it has overhauled its executive leadership team.

August 24, 2012

As several suitors eye individual parts of the Supervalu business, Bloomberg reported that Supervalu is seeking buyers to bid for the entire business.

MINNEAPOLIS — As several suitors eye individual parts of the Supervalu business, Bloomberg reported that Supervalu is seeking buyers to bid for the entire business.

The news sparked a rise in Supervalu shares on Friday. As of press time, shares of Supervalu were up more than 9% to $2.32.

August 20, 2012

Supervalu on Monday announced Robert Bly will join the company as president of Shoppers, a 56-store division in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., market.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Monday announced Robert Bly will join the company as president of Shoppers, a 56-store division in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., market.

Bly is expected to begin his new role on Aug. 22 and will report to Chuck Elias, SVP retail operations. Bly replaces Tim Lowe, who recently accepted a new leadership role in Supervalu's merchandising organization.

August 20, 2012

Target Clinic has inked a new strategic relationship with healthcare system Duke Medicine in an effort to provide greater access to care at four new Target Clinic locations in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which opened on July 29.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Clinic has inked a new strategic relationship with healthcare system Duke Medicine in an effort to provide greater access to care at four new Target Clinic locations in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., which opened on July 29.

Physicians from Duke Primary Care will provide medical directorship services, such as availability for consultation with Target Clinic providers and regular chart reviews, at the four new clinics.

August 16, 2012

A nonprofit healthcare education organization and a for-profit company that uses healthcare education technology to promote best practices in medicine are developing educational programs to improve chronic disease care.

MINNEAPOLIS — A nonprofit healthcare education organization and a for-profit company that uses healthcare education technology to promote best practices in medicine are developing educational programs to improve chronic disease care.

August 16, 2012

Yoplait is expanding its portfolio with a new on-the-go item.

MINNEAPOLIS — Yoplait is expanding its portfolio with a new on-the-go item.

The brand has introduced Yoplait Smoothies, which feature frozen fruit, fruit juice and real Yoplait Greek yogurt. The smoothies can be made by adding 3/4 cup of skim milk and blending. Each 4.5-oz. freezer package yields a single 12-oz. serving, Yoplait said.

August 15, 2012

Target's second-quarter sales increased 3.5% to $16.5 billion and the company’s profits grew 2.9% to $1.06 per share, 5 cents higher than analysts expected.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target's second-quarter sales increased 3.5% to $16.5 billion and the company’s profits grew 2.9% to $1.06 per share, 5 cents higher than analysts expected.

August 14, 2012

Nobody likes getting a shot, but a new survey indicates that fear of needles also may prompt people to avoid getting flu vaccinations.

MINNEAPOLIS — Nobody likes getting a shot, but a new survey indicates that fear of needles also may prompt people to avoid getting flu vaccinations.

Target announced results of a new online survey conducted on its behalf by Harris Interactive showing that 60% of American adults would skip flu vaccinations, with 23% of those avoiding vaccinations because they don't like needles. The survey polled 2,160 adults between July 10 and July 12; no margin of error could be calculated as the survey was not based on a probability sample.

August 14, 2012

Target’s in-store health clinics recently started offering consultations for eyelash lengthening and the treatment of hyperpigmentation of the skin and unwanted facial hair, according to a local news report.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target’s in-store health clinics recently started offering consultations for eyelash lengthening and the treatment of hyperpigmentation of the skin and unwanted facial hair, according to a local news report.

August 10, 2012

Progresso has developed a new line of versatile cooking sauces that can be used to create delicious home-cooked classics.

MINNEAPOLIS — Progresso has developed a new line of versatile cooking sauces that can be used to create delicious home-cooked classics.

Recipe Starters, available in five flavorful varieties — creamy parmesan basil, creamy roasted garlic with chicken stock, fire roasted tomato, creamy portabello mushroom and creamy three cheese — aim to provide families with a versatile solution to the weeknight dinner dilemma.

July 30, 2012

Supervalu on Monday named Wayne Sales, a Canadian hall-of-fame-caliber retailer, as the company's president and CEO, replacing Craig Herkert.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Monday named Wayne Sales, a Canadian hall-of-fame-caliber retailer, as the company's president and CEO, replacing Craig Herkert.

“In my new role, I will work closely with our leadership team to improve our sales and earnings trajectory and generate long-term shareholder value, focusing relentlessly on identifying factors that will drive meaningful improvements in our strategy execution and overall performance,” Sales stated.

July 27, 2012

Save-A-Lot, a hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chain and a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, kicked off its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip in Orlando to raise awareness of Save-A-Lot stores as the go-to destination for affordable food.

ST. LOUIS — Save-A-Lot, a hard-discount, limited-assortment grocery chain and a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu, kicked off its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip in Orlando to raise awareness of Save-A-Lot stores as the go-to destination for affordable food.

July 23, 2012

Target announced it is remodeling 30 of its stores to offer an expanded selection of affordable and quality fresh foods to its customers.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target announced it is remodeling 30 of its stores to offer an expanded selection of affordable and quality fresh foods to its customers.

July 20, 2012

The first of Target's smaller-format CityTarget urban stores are slated to open on July 25 in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

MINNEAPOLIS — The first of Target's smaller-format CityTarget urban stores are slated to open on July 25 in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Two years in the making, the smaller stores will feature broad offerings in a space two-thirds the size of a regular Target store – or 80,000 sq. ft. to 100,000 sq. ft., compared with 135,000 sq. ft. to 175,000 sq. ft.

July 12, 2012

Supervalu on Thursday announced a number of dramatic measures to stabilize its business — reduction in capital spending, suspension of the company's dividend, even the exploration of possible strategic alternatives — in conjunction with its declining first-quarter earnings results.

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Thursday announced a number of dramatic measures to stabilize its business — reduction in capital spending, suspension of the company's dividend, even the exploration of possible strategic alternatives — in conjunction with its declining first-quarter earnings results.