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Whole Foods, retailers band together to raise awareness about GMOs in food supply

BY Allison Cerra

AUSTIN, Texas Whole Foods and retailers nationwide are looking to raise awareness about the presence of genetically modified organisms in the food supply.

Non-GMO Day, which will be celebrated Oct. 10, is driven by nonprofit group the Non-GMO Project. Whole Foods Market currently carries more than 800 products that are verified by the Non-GMO Project, with thousands more in the pipeline. GMOs now are present in 75% to 80% of conventional processed food in the United States, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association.

"Most Americans aren’t familiar with GMOs or aware of the extent of their use in food," said Joe Dickson, Whole Foods Market’s food, organic and environmental quality standards coordinator. "We invite our communities to stop by our stores and learn more about this issue. Together as consumers and retailers, we can make a difference and preserve our access to food produced without the intentional use of GMOs."

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Energizer launches iPhone charger

BY Allison Cerra

ST. LOUIS Keeping up with the times, Energizer has launched a rechargeable case with built-in battery for the newest edition of the iPhone.

Energizer’s AP 1201 for iPhone 4 has “smart” battery technology that auto senses the iPhone 4 battery power status, which is indicated through “hidden” LEDs on the back of the case. For efficient power management, two charging options provide either high-speed quick charge direct to the iPhone 4, or get simultaneous pass-through charging of the iPhone and AP1201 case. The AP1201 is rechargeable up to 500 times and comes with a USB charging cable.

 

“Energizer appreciates the value and utility that smart phones offer consumers, and also sees that the average consumer’s power requirements have been underestimated,” said Jim Olsen, VP marketing for Energizer North America. “The AP1201 is a direct response to the power deficit that many experience, and is just one of a full line of Energizer Energi To Go solutions that is bringing convenient power to consumers, and that is making mobility easier for them.”

 

The Energizer AP1201 now is available for a suggested retail price of $69.99 at major retailers nationwide.

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Target misses September estimates

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK Target said its same-store sales rose 1.3% in September, missing Wall Street’s expectations for a 1.9% gain. Total sales for the five weeks ended Oct. 2 rose 3.1% to $5.56 billion.

Coming in a month that was relatively positive for most retailers, the results represent a setback in Target’s quest to turn around sales with a focus on groceries and marketing that emphasizes low prices.

The chain said Thursday that grocery, beauty and healthcare sales were strong, but that its monthly performance was near the low end of expectations.

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