Bashas' has partnered with Local First Arizona to promote and sell a variety of local products using an "Arizona-made" end-cap display in its Scottsdale store, as consumer demand for locally-made goods increases. A national survey found that 87% of consumers include locally-sourced food as a consideration when picking a primary grocer because shoppers "want to buy from a neighbor rather than someone overseas or even in a different state," according to Cameron Proudfoot, owner of G.B. Proudfoot's Natural Body Care, which is involved with the partnership.
A growing number of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurants are closing for a week or more during July and August, taking advantage of the slowdown as residents leave town or hole up in air-conditioned homes to avoid the summer swelter. "We're shutting down to give ourselves a much-needed break during a time when business is so slow it's scary," said Crudo chef-owner Cullen Campbell.
People with McArdle disease, a metabolic muscle disorder, develop severe muscle pain and fatigue in the first few minutes of exercise, followed by severe muscle spasms if they continue. A small study indicates that a diet high in carbohydrates instead of protein might help.
With the economy in recession, coupons could become popular again with marketers and consumers. Already, Procter & Gamble is producing a retail version of its BrandSaver coupon booklet, and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems has begun a national advertising campaign.