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November 25, 2008
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  • During his keynote presentation at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference on November 18, Jeff Noddle, CEO of Minneapolis-based Supervalu Inc., said the company is preparing to take its branding in a new direction. The emphasis will be on affordable grocery items and a new tagline: “Just around the corner.”
  • ALDI U.S., Batavia, Ill., said it would be the first retailer to introduce private label guideline daily amounts (GDAs) on its Fit & Active line of better-for-you products. GDA values - or “Fit Facts” based on the USDA’s recommended daily allowances of calories, fat, sodium and sugar - will be noted on the bottom right-hand corner of each Fit & Active package.
  • Schnuck Markets Inc., St. Louis, announced the grand opening of its Newburgh Schnucks in Newburgh, Ind., on November 11. The expanded 63,000-sq.-ft. store replaces the smaller store Schnucks acquired from Neville’s IGA in 1992.
  • Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Ill., celebrated the opening of its 16,000-sq.-ft. flagship store on the first three levels of the One Times Square building in New York on November 20. The store will anchor a massive Walgreens billboard 341 feet above the street. The billboard is the “nation’s largest, most advanced digital super-sign,” Walgreens said.
  • HyVee Inc., West Des Moines, Iowa, is promoting “30 meals for $3 per serving” on its Web site. Many of the meals call for store brand products and ingredients.
  • Dollar General, Goodlettsville, Tenn., is promoting its new Clover Valley store brand cookies, crackers and juices on its Web site, noting that all products are backed by the Dollar General Guarantee.
  • Target Corp., Minneapolis, is going gourmet for its private label recipes. The recipes, offered on the company’s Web site, include one for Goat Cheese Potato Chip Canapés that calls for Archer Farms black pepper and sea salt kettle chips, as well as Archer Farms red pepper and onion relish.

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