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8/4/2015

"Local" food and beverage labels could become more important than "natural" or "organic" labels when it comes to consumer trust, according to a report from The Hartman Group. The report found that 62% of shoppers want to understand where their products come from, and 56% make an effort to purchase locally-made products.

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8/4/2015

"Local" food and beverage labels could become more important than "natural" or "organic" labels when it comes to consumer trust, according to a report from The Hartman Group. The report found that 62% of shoppers want to understand where their products come from, and 56% make an effort to purchase locally-made products.

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8/4/2015

Whole Foods Market has promoted Chief Information Officer Jason Buechel to the retailer's senior executive team, reflecting the growing importance of technology to the grocer's operations. Buechel, who has been with Whole Foods since 2013, has overseen a number of significant technology initiatives for the retailer, including its adoption of Apple Pay, a partnership with delivery service Instacart and ongoing work on a unified point-of-sale system and rewards program.

8/4/2015

Publix Super Markets' earnings reached a milestone of $1 billion for the first half of 2015, as the retailer continues opening stores in new markets. Many of Publix's 1,100 stores are located in Florida, but the company has been expanding aggressively into other states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

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Publix
8/4/2015

Hannaford Supermarkets will begin operations at its first small-format store in North Berwick, Maine, this week. The 20,000-square-foot pilot location is about half the size of the retailer's other stores and includes a selection of fresh produce, gluten-free and organic offerings and popular fresh, frozen and packaged products. "Customers will find their North Berwick Hannaford to be a convenient, affordable and friendly place to shop," store manager Gary Nadeau said.

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Progressive Grocer
8/4/2015

Food Lion reduced prices on thousands of its products in July in an effort to become more competitive and attract new shoppers. Such price cuts might draw more customers in the short term, but it doesn't guarantee long-term loyalty, according to retail expert John Karolefski. "The larger question is whether the lower prices will be sustained or will go away eventually. That information will determine the success of the program at Food Lion or any other grocer deploying such a strategy," he writes.

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8/4/2015

The U.S. “remains the strongest bet for sales growth in the wine category because of its booming economy and increasing spend and consumption habits of its wine drinking population,” according to a Wine Intelligence report, which ranks countries based on their economic and wine market measures. Germany and Japan rounded out the top three most attractive countries for wine, taking the second and third spots, respectively.

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8/4/2015

Fresh fruit and veggie snack packs are growing in popularity by filling consumers' demands for healthy convenience foods. PMA's eat brighter! campaign uses Sesame Street characters to promote fresh produce snack packs to children, while other marketers have created packaged produce snacks aimed at winning over adults.

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PMA
8/4/2015

The labor-force participation rate is higher for black women than for women as a whole, data show. Despite this, black women earn less than their female peers. The disparity is especially problematic given that black women are more likely to be their families' sole breadwinner.

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Quartz
8/4/2015

Twenty-nine percent of newly-appointed board members were women last year, according to data from Heidrick & Struggles. That's a significant increase from 2009, when just 18% of open board seats went to women. However, female board representation remains low, partly because only a small percentage of seats open up in any given year.

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