Consumers want to eat nutritious foods but are more concerned with cutting costs. According to a survey, 70% of consumers said healthful foods are more difficult to afford, 53% said they often buy less healthful foods to save money, and 44% said their budgets don't have room for nutritious food options.
A grant of $1 million from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority is being used by Wegmans Food Markets to install hydrogen fuel-cell-powered material-handling equipment at its Retail Service Center in Pottsville, Pa. The hydrogen fuel cells allow for lower operating costs and also reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
Wal-Mart is nearly finished with its relaunch of its Great Value private-label brand, which includes repackaging and reformulating the products. The retailer also plans to introduce new products, such as vegetable-medley frozen pizza, and is redesigning its Ol'Roy dog-food brand.
A recent study of American teenagers found that 92% are aware of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. When asked where they get their health information, 63% said they consult their parents or guardians, and about 50% said they use the Internet.