Consumers plan to spend more money on private-label brands, inspired by low fuel prices that offer significant savings at the gas pump, according to survey data from Daymon Worldwide. Retailers should increase their high-quality products and innovations to capture the more than 35% of shoppers who plan to expand their private-brand purchases into new categories, says the research firm.
Freestyle fountains from Coca-Cola, which can dispense as many as 100 different beverages, will be tested at select McDonald's locations starting in 2010. The machines, in development for four years, are undergoing testing in Atlanta and Southern California markets, but McDonald's represents the largest foodservice customer to date for the dispensers.
Researchers found that alternate-day fasting -- eating normally one day, then having much smaller meals the next -- helps make dieting easier for obese and overweight adults, and aids in maintaining a healthier heart as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
SUPERVALU has introduced Stockman & Dakota, a private-label line of USDA Choice Angus beef. The retailer's new program offers 60 cuts of beef, plus improved signage and enhanced service at the meat counter.