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Lay’s to introduce chocolate-covered potato chip

BY DSN STAFF

PLANO, Texas —  Lay’s will roll out Lay’s Wavy Potato Chips Dipped in Milk Chocolate next week, according to a report from USA Today.

The chips, priced at $3.49 for a 5-oz. bag, will only be sold at Target for a limited time through the holidays. If the product is successful it could become a permanent fixture on store shelves, according to Ram Krishnan, VP marketing at Frito-Lay. 

"When you try something drastically different, you have to walk before you can run," Krishnan said. "We wanted to test our way through this before we go big."

If consumers do latch on to chocolate-covered chips, it would allow the company to try other flavor combinations like white chocolate and peppermint, he said.

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Gordon Reid appointed as Giant-Landover president

BY Alaric DeArment

CARLISLE, Pa. – Ahold USA has appointed a former executive for Asian retailer Dairy Farm International as president of its Giant Food of Landover, Md., division, Ahold said Friday.

Ahold announced the appointment of Gordon Reid, who will begin in the new position starting on Monday and replacing interim president and Ahold USA EVP operations Bhavdeep Singh. Singh served in the role of interim president following the departure of Anthony Hucker, who resigned from Giant-Landover in September to become EVP and chief strategy officer for St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets.

Reid, who has worked in retail for more than 30 years, was most recently group director for Dairy Farm, which operates more than 5,600 stores throughout Asia, and while there, he created the company’s growth strategy for mainland China and Taiwan. Before Dairy Farm, he served in various leadership positions at Boots the Chemists and Tesco. Dairy Farm is part of the Hong Kong-based Jardine Matheson Group.

 

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Reports: Kroger to expand Little Clinic footprint as part of healthcare play

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — As the implementation of healthcare reform looms, Kroger is sharpening its focus on health care by not only stocking its shelves with healthier food options but also is gearing up to add 50 Little Clinic locations next year, according to published reports.

According to a Memphis Daily News report, Kroger is planning to open as many 50 Little Clinic locations next year. There are currently about 106 clinic locations and, by the end of 2013, the company looks to have nearly 120 clinics across six states.

Aside from expanding its footprint, the clinic operator also is revamping its clinics with updated facilities, the report states. The new clinics include two exam rooms, a private waiting area and an electronic registration kiosk.

“Now they really look like a little doctor’s office inside the store,” Ken Patric, chief medical officer for The Little Clinic, was quoted as saying. “They are permanently built in and are much quieter.”

But the company’s healthcare play doesn’t stop there. In a presentation to analysts in New York on Oct. 30, Robert Clark, group VP nonperishables, said that, based on consumer insights gained through its market research partnership with Dunnhumby USA, the company has been investing in healthier food options, according to a WCPO Cincinnati report.

“When we talk to customers, they’re telling us one of their top concerns is around health care,” Clark was quoted as telling analysts. “Health and wellness is dominating their life. It’s in the media every day. The benefits we all have are under fire, and they’re looking for solutions.”

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