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12/13/2018

Sepideh Burkett, who was recently promoted to vice president of store support at Giant Food, sees the grocer as a place that helps bring families and the community together. "Ideas and a great deal of effort can build something that supports our communities and our employees -- something we can be proud of," Burkett says.

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12/13/2018

While ground poultry such as chicken or turkey may be unfamiliar to many consumers, growing demand for these items could be key to improving sales in the meat department, Richard Mitchell writes. Competitive pricing, in-store samples and guidance on labels or signage are ways to encourage sales of the products.

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12/13/2018

Both the House and Senate have signed off on the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill, which will now go to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed. FMI's Hannah Walker, senior director of technology and nutrition policy, believes the bill is largely positive for the grocery industry, saying "The bill helps FMI members keep operation costs down and fosters innovation and efficiencies for the future of food retail and its customers."

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12/13/2018

With schools closed in a Virginia district because of snow this week, some teachers delivered meals to students. The goal, they say, is to ensure that students who rely on school meals do not go hungry.

12/13/2018

Exercise, dehydration, premenstrual syndrome, lack of sleep or stress all can contribute to salt cravings, health experts said. Registered dietitian Rachel Daniels said pregnant women may crave salt because of dehydration associated with morning sickness, and RD Ysabel Montemayor said the body may crave salt because it activates the pleasure center in the brain and releases the hormone dopamine.

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12/13/2018

Registered dietitian Lori Zanini says adding seeds to a smoothie or salad offers health benefits. Consider using chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin and sesame seeds in recipes.

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Medical Daily
12/13/2018

Adolescents who experienced chronic bullying had significantly shrunken brain regions called the caudate and putamen, which are involved in behavioral processing, compared with those who experienced less-intense bullying, according to a study in Molecular Psychiatry. The findings, based on data involving 682 youths ages 14 to 19, suggest the reduced volume of the brain regions may be associated with elevated anxiety levels seen among 19-year-olds who had experienced chronic bullying, researchers said.

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New Atlas
12/13/2018

Mars Wrigley Confectionery broke ground Tuesday on a $142 million Cleveland, Tenn., plant expansion where the company will start producing Hazelnut Spread M&M's in April. The existing location already produces the majority of Twix in North America and more M&M's than any other facility worldwide, said Mack Phillips, plant site director.

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12/13/2018

North American alkaline water sales have risen more than 40% annually since 2013, and the category is on track to become a $1 billion global market, say analysts at Zenith Global. The biggest channel for high-pH waters is in the Asia-Pacific region, but North America and Western Europe are logging high growth rates.

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12/13/2018

Colgate will air an ad for its Total brand during the third quarter of the Super Bowl on Feb. 3. Actor Luke Wilson will star in the 30-second spot, which is expected to strike a comedic tone.

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