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Study shows low shopper traffic, shopper frequency

BY Antoinette Alexander

COLUMBUS Shopper traffic and shopper frequency is down across food, drug and mass channels — except supercenters — as consumers alter their shopping behavior in light of the economic conditions, according TNS Retail Forward ShopperScape research.

“Shoppers are rethinking how and where they shop for food and are limiting spending to nondiscretionary purchases of groceries and other household essentials,” stated Kelly Tackett, senior consultant at TNS Retail Forward and author of the recently published Retail Forward Intelligence System report, “Shopper Update: Food Drug Mass Shopping Frequency.” “Others are trading down to value-oriented formats such as dollar stores, extreme-value grocers and Walmart supercenter.” 

While Walmart is reaping the greatest benefits, according to TNS Retail Forward, dollar stores and other small-format value retailers stand to benefit as shoppers across income brackets likely turn to the channel for food and other household essentials. 

TNS Retail Forward is a global management consulting and market research firm specializing in retail intelligence and strategies. 

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Supervalu recalls private-label peanut products

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS Amid the ongoing recalls of peanut products across the country, a large supermarket operator announced Saturday that it had taken several private-label products off its shelves.

Supervalu said it was recalling trail mix and fruit and nut trail mix products sold under the private labels of Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, ACME and Shaw’s stores.

The move follows recalls of hundreds of products by Peanut Corporation of America, including all products produced at its Plainview, Texas, processing plant.

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MinuteClinic joins Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North

BY Antoinette Alexander

MINNEAPOLIS MinuteClinic, which is owned by CVS Caremark, has become a participating provider in Health Net Federal Services/TRICARE North network for military families.

“We believe MinuteClinic can help to increase access to care and provide cost-savings for families when it’s needed most,” stated Chip Phillips, MinuteClinic president. “We look forward to working with Health Net Federal Services to extend care to TRICARE North beneficiaries through our convenient locations, which include many healthcare centers near military bases and government installations.”

TRICARE is the uninformed services healthcare program for active duty service members and their families, retired service members and their families, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families, survivors, and others who are eligible.

Nearly 1.5 million TRICARE healthcare beneficiaries now have in-network access to MinuteClinic locations in 13 states: Connecticut; Indiana; Massachusetts; Maryland; Michigan; St. Louis, Mo.-area; North Carolina; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Pennsylvania; and Virginia.

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