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Report: Boomers concerned about developing and maintaining a holistic well-being

BY Michael Johnsen

ROCKVILLE, Md. — With Baby Boomers numbering about 80 million and these consumers accounting for 44% of all households with annual incomes more than $75,000, the segment is fast-becoming a focal point for the food industry, according to "Boomer Wellness: Culinary Trend Mapping Report," published Tuesday by market research publisher Packaged Facts and CCD Innovation.

Fueling dietary needs that are fairly sophisticated, many Boomers are concerned about developing and maintaining a holistic well-being. For others, food behaviors are reflective of a robust discretionary spending capacity and a need to accommodate a busy lifestyle, like increased restaurant usage and using technology conveniences to order food.

"Boomers grew up during an era when eating out became a form of entertainment, not just a special occasion affair,” stated Kimberly Egan, CEO of CCD Innovation. “They’ve also become accustomed to convenience food in all its forms and expect variety and choice at food retailers, specialty groceries and supermarkets.” Egan says understanding nutrition, aging and convenience is part of the multi-faceted spectrum of the Boomer market and harnessing this understanding is opportunistic for food businesses.

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Online grocer Presto Fresh sets up shop in Cleveland area

BY Michael Johnsen

CLEVELAND — New online grocer Presto Fresh has set up shop here to deliver groceries throughout Cuyahoga County, according to a report published Tuesday in the Plain Dealer

Founded by Steve deMoulpied, the new grocery delivery service has two trucks, three employees and "major aspirations to expand in Northeast Ohio," the report noted.

So far, the online grocer features more than 3,500 SKUs at PrestoFreshGrocery.com, including some 300 organic items, with a goal of fielding between 6,000 and 10,000 items, according to the report. Items are delivered within one or two days.  

 

 

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Report: Department of Defense organizes Defense Health Agency to streamline military healthcare

BY Michael Johnsen

SPRINGFIELD, Va. — The Department of Defense has been working on consolidating its health systems under one roof — the Defense Health Agency — according to a Military Times report published Tuesday

Headed by Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas Robb, the organization was formed a little more than three months ago and "is supposed to make the military health system more efficient by standardizing medical practices and consolidating support services once run by the Army, Navy and Air Force and managing joint facilities in six major military medical regions," the report read. 

“Before you ask retirees or anyone to share the burden of rising health costs, you better get your house in order. And that’s what we’re doing, figuring out how we can best deliver care for the best value,” Robb said in a meeting with Military Times reporters and editors.

DHA was organized to take responsibility for common health services supporting operational forces, such as the Tricare health program and pharmacy benefits. It also was tasked with establishing and managing medical markets in parts of the country with high military populations and numerous military medical facilities. In these areas, medical facilities will be run under one manager leading a joint-service staff, according to the Military Times report.

 

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