Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. is negotiating to buy Pathmark Stores Inc., which would make it a greater force in the fragmented northeastern U.S. grocery market. The deal, however, may face hurdles from the Federal Trade Commission, which has blocked efforts to merge a high concentration of stores in a single market in the past.
Probiotic foods including Stonyfield and Activia yogurts and DanActive drinks are among the foods that consumers most want to add to their diets, in addition to whole grains, fiber, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, according to the NPD Group.
Meijer's in-store pharmacies soon will be equipped with two additional diagnostic devices, which it hopes will encourage customers to better monitor their health. The CardioChek analyzer and Cholesterol Test Strips both are made by Polymer Technology Systems.