Tom Thumb and Randalls, both Safeway supermarket chains, are offering coupons that shoppers can view and select through their computers or mobile devices. The coupons are registered on their loyalty cards, and deductions are automatic when the card is swiped at checkout.
A bill introduced in the House would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more power to enforce food safety. It also would make growers, producers and food handlers responsible for identifying contamination risks and documenting steps taken to prevent them. GMA supports the legislation, but objects to some of the tracing requirements as well as a proposed $1,000 registration fee that all food facilities would be required to pay annually to help pay for the increased oversight.
The 2009 Most Competitive Retail & Consumer Goods Study from the wRatings Corp. ranks how well companies meet expectations each quarter. The list, topped by Colgate-Palmolive, saw substantial shuffling this year because of the recession.