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VIDEO: Sen. Durbin applauds Walgreens’ decision to remain in the States

BY DSN STAFF

CHICAGO — Following Walgreens' decision to acquire the rest of the Alliance Boots business — and to keep its headquarters based in the greater Chicago area — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., weighs in on the decision in a brief video.

In related news, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement: 

"I applaud and commend Greg Wasson and Walgreens for reaffirming their commitment to the United States, Illinois, and Chicago. Walgreens’ presence across Chicago’s neighborhoods make them an important member of the Chicagoland family and a critical player in our city’s history and our future. Their decision today speaks volumes about their determination to be a strong business, good corporate citizen, and vital community neighbors."

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Pirate’s Booty adds more treasure

BY Ryan Chavis

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — B&G Food earlier this week announced that it's making two additions to the Pirate’s Booty line, which include Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures and Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty. Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures features pirate-themed shapes in aged white cheddar flavor while Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty offers baked rice-and-corn puffs with a coating of raspberry flavor.

“We know that finding snack options that appeal to both parents and kids isn’t always easy. That’s why we’re pleased to offer new twists on the snack that everyone knows and loves, Pirate’s Booty,” said Eric Berniker, VP of consumer engagement and innovation at B&G Foods. “Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures really ups the ante on the crunch factor with fun pirate-y shapes creating a different snacking experience. Fruity Booty is the perfect balance of subtle sweet and crunchy for when you’re craving fruity fun.”

Both snack products are currently rolling out to retailers.

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FMI releases resources in support of its U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2014 report

BY Michael Johnsen

 

 
 
ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute on Wednesday launched a number of resources in support of its recently launched U.S. Grocery Shopping Trends 2014 report. 
 
The report reveals dramatic changes in the consumer universe that have impacted the way food retailers do business. For example, 43% of men now claim to be primarily responsible for the grocery shopping. And for twenty-somethings, 1-in-4 meals include food purchased earlier in the same day. 
 
FMI will host a webinar on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. EST to discuss the male shopper. FMI also will host webinars on Aug. 12 to discuss health-and-wellness trends and on Aug. 19 to discuss changes with the millennial shopper. 
 
 
 

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