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Supervalu launches in-store nutrition ratings system

BY Alaric DeArment

MINNEAPOLIS One of the largest supermarket operators in the country has launched a nutrition information program designed to advise customers on food choices.

Supervalu said its “nutrition IQ” program uses the Food and Drug Administration Nutrient Content Claims as a framework to determine the nutritional benefits of items that pass a set of qualifying criteria and are, at the base level, more healthful. The system uses color-coded shelf tags, with orange indicating foods rich in fiber, blue indicating foods rich in calcium, purple indicating low-calorie foods, red indicating low saturated fat content and so forth.

Supervalu plans to implement the program at its stores nationwide, including Albertsons, Cub Foods, Hornbachers, Jewel-Osco and others.

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Giant Eagle supermarkets’ founder Moravitz dies

BY Michael Johnsen

FOX CHAPEL, Pa. Stanley Moravitz, 86, who helped found the Giant Eagle supermarket chain, passed away Jan. 11 at his Pittsburgh-area home the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The AP reported that Moravitz, who still had an office at Giant Eagle, died of cancer.

His funeral is Wednesday in Pittsburgh.

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Ferrero U.S.A. goes green

BY Anna Mcgrath

SOMERSET, N.J. Ferrero U.S.A. announced new environmental friendly packaging for their line of Tic Tac mints.

New packaging, new slogans, “Please Recycle” and “Be Green,” and a recent partnership with Earth911 mark Ferrero’s extensive efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

“The Tic Tac brand is dedicated to implementing responsible practices across its operations that are respectful of the environment,” said Tic Tac brand manager Jim Morris.  “We encourage consumers to incorporate ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ activities into their daily lives, and to that end have printed a call-to-action on our packages asking consumers to be green and please recycle the packaging after they have enjoyed their mints.”

The transition will reduce the company’s annual greenhouse emissions by 44%, energy levels will decrease by 34% and plastic use will be cut by 296 tons per year.

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