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Supermarket News
Peruvian products, flavors have opportunity at retail 
Peruvian cuisine has been lingering around the edges of the mainstream American diet for many years, but the flavors of the Andes might finally be poised to see some real growth at retail, according to Melissa Abbott, senior director of culinary insights, The Hartman Group.
High protein has high potential at retail 
One of the culinary trends that is manifesting itself on restaurant menus and could be better leveraged at retail is the growing interest in high-protein foods, said Bret Thorn, senior food editor, Nation’s Restaurant News.
Dips provide healthy, sharable sales-building opportunities 
Supermarkets seeking to capitalize on some of the trends around health and wellness and snacking on the go have to look no further than fresh dips, according to John Dunne, SVP, client development, fresh foods, at Acosta Sales & Marketing.
California, Texas still on Fresh Market’s radar 
The Fresh Market still has plans to expand aggressively in California and Texas, despite a couple of failed forays into those states, the CEO of the upscale, small-format chain told investors.
Gallery: United opens next-generation flagship
United Supermarkets, a division of Albertsons, has opened what it describes as the flagship of its next generation of United stores in Amarillo, Texas.
Gallery: Insights from SN at Expo West
Retailers need to embrace health and wellness as a total-store experience, speakers told attendees at the inaugural Supermarket News at Expo West conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Opportunity knocks for four food retailing leaders 
SN profiles four industry executives managing significant changes at their companies in the years ahead
Eidson oversees merger of Midwest wholesalers 
Dennis Eidson, president and CEO of SpartanNash, sees the merger of Spartan Stores and Nash Finch Co. like a marriage.
Roskovich leads Publix on a formidable challenge 
Chuck Roskovich might be entering unfamiliar territory, but he certainly knows the Publix playbook.
Save Mart revamps corporate structure 
In a region rife with new competitors Save Mart, one of Northern California’s largest traditional operators, is transforming itself to put the customer at the center of its decision-making processes.
Regional chains tackle new markets 
A spate of expansion announcements from some regional supermarket operators reflects fresh opportunities for growth among some of the nation’s strongest traditional chains — and promises to shake up some markets for years to come.
Gallery: Publix makes N.C. debut
Publix Super Markets, based in Lakeland, Fla., has opened its first store in North Carolina as part of its previously announced expansion into the Charlotte market.
Divestitures possible in Safeway-Albertsons deal: Edwards  2
Although Safeway and Albertsons said no store closures were planned as a result of the pending merger of the two companies, it is possible that some stores could be divested to meet Federal Trade Commission antitrust requirements.
The Fresh Market closing 4 stores  4
The Fresh Market said Thursday it would close three locations in Sacramento, Calif., and one store in Houston to focus on expansion in existing markets.
BREAKING NEWS: Safeway, Albertsons agree to merge  6
Safeway and Albertsons said Thursday that they have agreed to a merger in which AB Acquistion, the parent of Albertsons, will acquire Safeway for a total value to Safeway shareholders of $40 per share, or $9 billion.
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