Roseanne Harper

Prepared Food Departments Upgrade Menus 
Retailers are adding value to their healthy menu items in lots of ways, including underscoring freshness.
Technomic: Retail Foodservice Changes Needed 
CHICAGO — When its researchers found that consumers are buying ready-to-eat meals less frequently from supermarkets than they did two years ago, Technomic advised retailers to make some changes to stand out from restaurants and get some of their business back.
Study: Shoppers Loyal to Local 
CHICAGO — Consumers, getting more serious about their quest for local food, are choosing to do their food shopping where local products are available, and are willing to pay a premium price for them, research by A.T. Kearney shows. Not only that, but many of the respondents in the study favor local over organic.
Hy-Vee Store Launches ‘Wellness Wednesdays’  1
AUSTIN, Minn. — A Hy-Vee store here launched “Wellness Wednesdays” this week as a step toward encouraging its customers to follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines, which recommend meals include an item from each food group.
Rouses Takes the (King) Cake on Super Bowl Sunday 
THIBODAUX, La. — King cakes for Super Bowl parties? Yes, in Louisiana, definitely, said officials at Rouses Supermarkets.
Kroger, Murray’s Cheese Partnership Going Strong 
CINCINNATI — While Steven Jenkins, executive vice president of New York’s Fairway Market, recently predicted that the big chains will “finally get it” this year and make important changes in their approach to artisanal cheese, Kroger Co., one of the country’s largest chains, is already there.
McCaffrey’s to Reap Harvest From New Greenhouse 
LANGHORNE, Pa. — McCaffrey’s Market will soon reap the benefits of an earlier arrangement to have produce grown hydroponically at a new greenhouse just down the road from one of its stores.
Hank’s Floral Makes the Best of Super Bowl Sunday 
HILLSBORO, Ore. – Beer and bouquets go together. At least they do on Super Bowl Sunday at Hank’s Thriftway.
Paczki Off to Early Start at Riesbeck’s 
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — Riesbeck’s Food Markets has jumped the gun on paczki season, giving the rich Polish pastries a dramatic send-off with 22 colorful billboards put up this week across its market area.
Independents Say Cheese  1
Small independent supermarkets have built a competitive edge — and continue to sharpen it — with artisanal cheese.
Gallery: Year of Independent Innovators
Some small, independent retailers, often in the shadow of giants, have kept their competitive edge with creative merchandising, added variety, revved-up customer service and sheer determination. They’re SN’s Innovative Independents.
Winter Local: Supermarkets Offer Cold Crops 
Retailers and their grower-partners are ramping up efforts to keep some local produce available as long as possible even as temperatures drop.
Farm Bill Extended; No Impact on Milk 
WASHINGTON — As part of passing “fiscal cliff” legislation on New Year’s night, Congress OK’d a clean extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, averting an automatic fallback to a 1949 dairy price support program that would have resulted in significant hikes in milk and dairy product prices.
7-Eleven Focuses on Fresh Foods 
DALLAS — 7-Eleven, with a new proprietary line, is set to make sales of fresh foods 20% of its total sales within the next few years, officials said.
FDA: Particular GE-Raised Salmon No Threat to Environment 
ROCKVILLE, Md. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced — amid criticism from consumer groups — a draft environmental assessment indicating a particular genetically engineered Atlantic salmon would not have a significant impact on the U.S. environment.

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