Ahold and Delhaize are pushing new nutrition initiatives in their New England stores. Ahold's Stop & Shop and Giant Food stores are offering educational tours to schools and other organizations, while Delhaize's Hannaford Bros. stores launched "Guiding Stars," a ranking system that labels food with stars depending on its nutritional value.
Chicagoland shoppers are passionate about their favorite supermarkets, voting Caputo's, Dominick's, Jewel-Osco, Sunset Foods, Trader Joe's and Whole Food Markets their top five favorite grocers in the area. "People are unbelievably passionate about the grocery stores they love," said Michael Sansolo, a representative from a food industry group.
Although U.S. soft drink makers have agreed to phase out selling soda in public schools by 2009, Coca-Cola, Pepsico and Cadbury Schweppes are launching a campaign to inform policy makers and parents about the companies' other, less controversial offerings including bottled water, juices and sports drinks. "The whole societal challenge with obesity is a lot larger than one product or one product category," said an American Beverage Association executive.
Dakota Farms International, which produces barley tea bags for a Japanese company, is hoping to make the drink more popular stateside. The FDA recently verified that barley can reduce the risk of coronary disease.