Kroger implements NuVal in its stores
NEW YORK A supermarket chain adopted a system that assigns a numerical rank to foods based on their nutritional value to help customers make healthy eating choices, according to published reports.
The Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader reported Wednesday that Kroger, based in Ohio, would begin testing the system at 23 stores in Central Kentucky, including all of its Lexington stores.
NuVal assigns each food item a score of 1 to 100 based on factors such as protein, calcium and vitamins, as well as fat, sodium and cholesterol, with 100 representing the highest nutritional value. Thus, chewy Nabisco Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies have a score of 2, while red tomatoes have a score of 96. Regional supermarket chains Hy-Vee and Price Chopper were the first to roll out the system, followed by Midwestern mass merchandise chain Meijer and, recently, Texas-based United Supermarkets.
Yaksitch named VP marketing and merchandising for Albertsons’ Dallas-Fort Worth division
FORT WORTH, Texas Albertsons’ Dallas-Fort Worth division has named Frank Yaksitch as VP marketing and merchandising, effective March 12, according to published reports.
Yaksitch, who has been with Albertsons for more than 35 years, most recently served as SVP of operations for Albertsons Intermountain West division.
During his tenure with Albertsons, Yaksitch has also held a variety of increasingly responsible positions, including store director and district manager.
Walgreens’ monthly sales rise
DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens had February sales of $5.31 billion, an increase of 3.2% from $5.14 billion for the same month in 2009.
The drug store chain also reported that its same-store sales increased 0.4%.
February pharmacy sales increased 3.7%, while comparable pharmacy sales increased 0.9%. Comparable pharmacy sales were negatively affected by 2.4 percentage points due to generic drug introductions in the last 12 months and a lower incidence of flu compared with February 2009. Pharmacy sales accounted for 64.5% of total sales for the month.
Total front-end sales increased 4.5% in February, while comparable store front-end sales decreased 0.6%, which the company said were impacted by continued weak demand for discretionary items and by lower incidence of flu.
Year-to-date sales for fiscal 2010 for the first six months totaled $33.34 billion, up 6.1% from the same period last year.
In the month of February, the chain opened seven stores, acquired 11 and closed one. At Feb. 28, Walgreens operated 7,679 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.