- Haggen, Inc. has opened a new concept store as part of a re-branding effort meant to focus on “homemade, delight and community” as epitomized in fresh produce. The chain operates 28 stores in Washington and Oregon. The new store will include a convenience-store type “front door” offering essentials like milk, eggs and coffee without having to enter the main part of the building; “stores within a store” specialty shops such as Lummi Fish Market, Chuckanut Deli a Fish & Chips bar, and Mt. Baker Bakery; and new “Haggen’s Original” upscale private label products. The store will also have its own web page offering online coupons and offers, including contests for gift cards ranging from $25-$500. The company also owns the TOP Food & Drug banner.
- An indication of the growing importance of India’s consumer market is a Proctor & Gamble announcement that it will manufacture most of its products locally instead of importing them. The move mirrors Unilever’s India division, Hindustan Unilever Ltd. (HUL).
- Avoiding cheese because of heart and cholesterol worries? Relax and add a slab to that burger: a Danish research study says eating cheese resulted in a lower level of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) than eating butter. What’s more, eating the cheese did not raise overall LDL numbers over not eating the cheese. So when someone asks “who moved my cheese?” you can say “I ate it” and not feel bad.
- Snyder’s-Lance will close its salty snacks plant in Corsicana, TX as part of consolidation and cost-cutting following its merger.
- Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee will “crack” 85-pound wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at each of its 135 stores simultaneously on November 15, 2011 at 11:11 a.m. The 30-minute process splits the cheese along natural fault lines to preserve structural integrity.
- Winn-Dixie continues its outreach to Hispanic shoppers in the Miamimetro market with its first “bilingual décor” store. In addition to Spanish language signage and more perishables, there is a Cuban cafe with Cuban coffee, fresh-prepared sandwiches & pastries, and (of course) free Wi-Fi.
 Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.