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December 5, 2013

GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand.

NEW YORK — GfK Consumer Experiences North America on Thursday released its GfK Brand Benchmark Study, which assessed US consumers’ relationships with hundreds of products and services in 48 categories, and found stark disparities in what different generations value in a brand. For example, while both Generations X and Y value a product’s functionality, Gen Y also cares strongly about a brand’s image and notoriety. 

December 5, 2013

Global retail branding and sourcing partner Daymon Worldwide on Wednesday released the results of its national "Men on a Mission" study, revealing six types of male mission-oriented shopping trips and male shopper archetypes based on evolving gender roles and shopping behavior.

STAMFORD, Conn. — Global retail branding and sourcing partner Daymon Worldwide on Wednesday released the results of its national "Men on a Mission" study, revealing six types of male mission-oriented shopping trips and male shopper archetypes based on evolving gender roles and shopping behavior. 

According to the study, 52% of primary male shoppers in the United States are personally responsible for about 78% of all groceries purchased for their household in the last month, so they represent a significant financial opportunity.

December 4, 2013

At 42 years old, Gina Libby has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. Yet, it hasn't stopped her from making an impact; she's on the front lines of pain advocacy, using her experience to influence healthcare policy and teach others.

At 42 years old, Gina Libby has lived with chronic pain for more than 20 years. Yet, it hasn't stopped her from making an impact; she's on the front lines of pain advocacy, using her experience to influence healthcare policy and teach others.

November 21, 2013

Safeway on Thursday announced the launch of its Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Thursday announced the launch of its Help Us End Hunger (Every Bag Counts) food drive to help make the holidays brighter for people who rely on the assistance of food banks.

The company is joining with customers, Kraft, local food banks and broadcast partners to collect food donations at Safeway stores through Christmas. 

To make the donation process easier, a specially produced Every Bag Counts shopping bag filled with the items food banks need the most will be available for $10 at all Safeway stores. 

November 21, 2013

Target Corp. posted sales of $17.3 billion in third-quarter 2013, a 4% increase over the same period last year, and a $341 million profit, down by 46.4% from a year ago, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. posted sales of $17.3 billion in third-quarter 2013, a 4% increase over the same period last year, and a $341 million profit, down by 46.4% from a year ago, the mass merchandise retailer said Thursday.

The results from the quarter reflected a earnings-per-share dilution of 29 cents related to the chain's new Canadian segment. Same-store sales in the U.S. segment grew by 0.9%, near the low end of the company's fiscal 2013 guidance, while total sales were $16.9 billion, up 2% from third-quarter 2012's $16.6 billion.

November 20, 2013

Skeeter Snacks, an allergy-friendly food, will launch its product in 212 Walgreens locations in the New England area.

WESTPORT, Conn. — Skeeter Snacks, an allergy-friendly food, will launch its product in 212 Walgreens locations in the New England area.

Skeeter Snacks provides a variety of snack options for children and adults with tree nut and peanut allergies, and are available in six different cookie options: Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Cubed, Golden Oatmeal, Skeeter Doodle, Chocolate Chip Minis and Cinnamon Graham Minis.

November 19, 2013

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.

“This company has a responsibility to ensure its products are safe for distribution and human consumption,” stated Melinda Plaisier, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs. “We have taken action to protect consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their safety by keeping these products from entering the distribution system.”

The retail value of the seized products is more than $2 million, the agency estimated.

A complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleged that the products were adulterated according to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they contain DMAA, an unapproved food additive that is deemed unsafe under the law.

The FDA is urging consumers not to buy or use supplements containing DMAA, which can elevate blood pressure and could lead to cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, shortness of breath and tightening of the chest. Given the known biological activity of DMAA, the ingredient may be particularly dangerous when used with caffeine. Consumers should check labels and avoid any dietary supplements containing DMAA, which is referred to on different product labels by 10 possible names. The FDA has warned consumers about the health risks of DMAA on its web site.

On Nov. 12, 2013, U.S. Marshals seized more than 1,500 cases of finished goods and more than 1,200 pounds of in-process/raw material goods from the Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals facility.

During the FDA’s inspection of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, which began in October, investigators identified 11 products that were labeled as containing DMAA or its chemical equivalent. These products included Black Widow, ECA Xtreme, Fastin, Fastin-XR, Lipodrene, Lipodrene Hardcore, Lipodrene XR, Lipodrene Xtreme, Lipotherm, Stimerex-ES, and Yellow Scorpion. The investigators also observed bulk DMAA raw ingredients at the facility. Prior to the seizure, on Nov. 1, 2013, the FDA issued an administrative detention, temporarily holding the products until they were seized.

Dietary supplements containing DMAA are illegal and the FDA is using all available tools at its disposal to remove these products from the market. In 2012, the FDA issued warning letters to companies notifying them that products containing DMAA need to be taken off the market or reformulated to remove this substance.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Marshals seized dietary supplements manufactured and held by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, located in Norcross, Ga., after FDA investigators found the products contained 1, 3-Dimethylamylamine HCl (DMAA) or its chemical equivalent, the agency announced Monday.  

November 18, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ahold USA for its efforts to reduce food waste, the agency said.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ahold USA for its efforts to reduce food waste, the agency said.

November 18, 2013

To supply families in need with fresh food this holiday season, Kroger customers and associates will be able to purchase pre-filled bags and boxes of food to be added to collection barrels.

CINCINNATI — To supply families in need with fresh food this holiday season, Kroger customers and associates will be able to purchase pre-filled bags and boxes of food to be added to collection barrels. 

November 14, 2013

A new measuring tool will allow users to effortlessly measure portions of food to help with health needs that range from weight management for those trying to shed a few pounds to blood-sugar control for diabetics.

PEPPERELL, Mass.  —  A new measuring tool will allow users to effortlessly measure portions of food to help with health needs that range from weight management for those trying to shed a few pounds to blood-sugar control for diabetics.

November 13, 2013

As part of an initiative started in time for American Diabetes Month, H-E-B is helping customers make carb-aware food choices by labeling food with 0 g to 15 g of carbohydrates per serving with their new Carb Aware Nutritional Icon, according to a Nov. 6 Facebook post on the Texas grocer's site.

SAN ANTONIO — As part of an initiative started in time for American Diabetes Month, H-E-B is helping customers make carb-aware food choices by labeling food with 0 g to 15 g of carbohydrates per serving with their new Carb Aware Nutritional Icon, according to a Nov. 6 Facebook post on the Texas grocer's site. 

In one week, the post generated 40 "shares" and more than 320 "likes."

November 13, 2013

Nordic Naturals on Monday introduced Nordic Probiotic, an allergen-free probiotic that contains no dairy, wheat, gluten, corn or soy.

Watsonville, Calif. — Nordic Naturals on Monday introduced Nordic Probiotic, an allergen-free probiotic that contains no dairy, wheat, gluten, corn or soy. Packaged in 60-count bottles, the vegetarian capsules can be used by everyone, including individuals with digestive issues or food sensitivities, the company suggested. Nordic Probiotic is 100% vegetarian and non-GMO.

“This is important for 20% of Americans who experience some type of digestive discomfort regularly,” Keri Marshall, chief medical officer for Nordic Naturals said.

November 12, 2013

Harris Teeter on Monday announced the chain donated as much as $8.3 million to its non-profit partners during its 2013 fiscal year ended Oct. 1.

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday announced the chain donated as much as $8.3 million to its nonprofit partners during its 2013 fiscal year ended Oct. 1. The company also donated 5.1 million pounds of food to hunger relief organization — more than 1.4 million pounds than the previous year. 

November 12, 2013

Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted a 2.4% increase in sales for the third quarter, driven by continued strength in prescription count growth and front-end sales.

TORONTO — Canadian pharmacy retailer Shoppers Drug Mart posted a 2.4% increase in sales for the third quarter, driven by continued strength in prescription count growth and front-end sales.

For the quarter ended Oct. 5, the company posted sales of Canadian $3.29 billion, up 2.4% compared with the year-ago period. Same-store sales rose 2.2%.

November 8, 2013

A proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration would effectively eliminate artificial trans fats from foods in the United States by classifying partially hydrogenated oils as unsafe food additives and thus permitting them only in certain cases.

In its proposal, the FDA emphasized that it would give manufacturers of foods that contain trans fats enough time to reformulate their recipes in order to minimize market disruptions by spreading out the initial cost of about $8 billion over a number of years. While trans fats have been eliminated from most foods already, foods that still contain them include frozen pizzas, microwave popcorn, margarines and some dessert foods.

A proposed rule from the Food and Drug Administration would effectively eliminate artificial trans fats from foods in the United States by classifying partially hydrogenated oils as unsafe food additives and thus permitting them only in certain cases.

November 8, 2013

Today, sales of all self-diagnostic devices — including blood pressure monitors and glucose meters, as well as home-test kits and pregnancy test kits — stand at about $1 billion across food, drug and mass outlets, up slightly with a little more than 2% growth.

Today, sales of all self-diagnostic devices — including blood pressure monitors and glucose meters, as well as home-test kits and pregnancy test kits — stand at about $1 billion across food, drug and mass outlets, up slightly with a little more than 2% growth.

(For the full category review, including sales data, click here.)

November 7, 2013

U.S. regulators made a preliminary move Thursday to remove trans fats from food products.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — U.S. regulators made a preliminary move Thursday to remove trans fats from food products.

November 7, 2013

Meijer will match donations to a program to provide food for poor families later this month to mark the program's fifth year, the mass merchandiser said.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer will match donations to a program to provide food for poor families later this month to mark the program's fifth year, the mass merchandiser said.

The Midwestern retailer said it would match two-to-one every customer's $10 Simply Give donation made between Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 to celebrate the program's five years of existence. The program has generated more than $6.5 million for local food pantries, equal to 39 million meals. One-in-six families in the country is considered food-insecure, according to Feeding America.

November 4, 2013

Extend Nutrition recently launched its line diabetes-friendly snacks that helps prevent severe low blood sugar while people with diabetes sleep.

ST. LOUIS — Extend Nutrition recently launched its line of diabetes-friendly snacks that helps prevent severe low blood sugar while people with diabetes sleep. 

November 1, 2013

Kerrygold has announced that Dubliner cheese will now be available in convenient cracker-size slices.

EVANSTON, Ill. — Kerrygold has announced that Dubliner cheese will now be available in convenient cracker-size slices.

Dubliner Cracker Cut Cheese, available at supermarkets nationwide, will come in a 6-ounce re-sealable parchment package, with 18 slices to a package. The pre-sliced cheese will measure 2x2 inches. This latest product will join Dubliner Cheese, Reduced Fat Dubliner Cheese and Dubliner with Irish Stout.

November 1, 2013

As the implementation of healthcare reform looms, Kroger is sharpening its focus on health care by not only stocking its shelves with healthier food options but is also gearing up to add 50 Little Clinic locations next year, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — As the implementation of healthcare reform looms, Kroger is sharpening its focus on health care by not only stocking its shelves with healthier food options but also is gearing up to add 50 Little Clinic locations next year, according to published reports.

November 1, 2013

Stop & Shop hopes to raise $2.5 million for hunger relief during the holiday season, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said Friday.

PURCHASE, N.Y. — Stop & Shop hopes to raise $2.5 million for hunger relief during the holiday season, the Ahold USA-owned supermarket chain said Friday.

October 25, 2013

Albertsons has placed an order for what is being called the "first true food bar" for dogs.

LOS ANGELES — Albertsons has placed an order for what is being called the "first true food bar" for dogs.

All American Pet Co. said Friday it received an order from the grocer for NutraBars, which are designed to be high in protein and low in fat, and are made in the United States.

The company said it also was expecting an order for Chewies Dog Treats, which are all-natural and made with peanuts, cheese and bacon. Albertsons, based in Boise, Idaho, operates 1,119 stores under 12 banners in 29 states.

 

October 25, 2013

Guiding Stars really works. That’s the finding of an independent study that examined the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program at more than 100 Hannaford grocery stores.

PORTLAND, Maine — Guiding Stars really works. That’s the finding of an independent study that examined the Guiding Stars nutrition guidance program at more than 100 Hannaford grocery stores.

According to the study, which focused on ready-to-eat cereals, the program influences grocery shoppers' selections and significantly increases demand for products that are rated more nutritious, at the expense of those that are not. The findings were published in the journal Food Policy.

October 25, 2013

Procter & Gamble may be able to sell its Iams pet food unit to Del Monte Foods Co., according to published reports.

NEW YORK — Procter & Gamble may be able to sell its Iams pet food unit to Del Monte Foods Co., according to published reports.

Bloomberg reported that P&G CEO A.G. Lafley was under pressure to improve the company's business and that shareholder HighMark Capital Management said it could increase its share price by selling some assets, including Iams. Del Monte, HighMark said, would be a "logical" buyer for Iams, valued at around $2.5 billion, because it's looking to grow its pet food business.