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Winn-Dixie names Forehand to regional vice president

BY Michael Johnsen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Winn-Dixie Stores on Tuesday promoted Cheryl Forehand to regional vice president, where she will oversee the day-to-day and strategic operations of the company’s 135 stores in the Jacksonville region. Forehand has held numerous positions in the company including director of special projects, division manager and most recently vice president of operations.

Last year, she was named as one of 2007’s Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer magazine.

Taking over as vice president of operations will be Shawn Sloan, the company stated, who is being promoted from his post as director of maintenance and energy management. He will work to strengthen the company’s inventory management programs while continuing to improve its hurricane preparedness program, Winn-Dixie said.

And Rich Cline has joined Winn-Dixie as the vice president of operations support from Pamida, located in Omaha, Neb., where he was vice president of store operations. Cline began his career in grocery retail at Jewel-Osco, later moving to Albertsons, and will be responsible for providing leadership to retail support functions and developing cross-functional operations strategies at Winn-Dixie.

Forehand, Sloan, and Cline will report to senior vice president of retail operations Frank Eckstein.

In another personnel move, Mike Istre has been named vice president, maintenance, energy and property management. Istre has held positions throughout the organization including vice president of operations, regional vice president and division president. He will report to group vice president of development Phil Pichulo.

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Yoplait, celebrity chef Ellie Krieger push benefits of digestive health for women

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS Registered dietitian, celebrity chef, and New York Times best-selling author Ellie Krieger, of Food Network fame, earlier this month joined Yoplait Yo-Plus in promoting the benefits of digestive health, General Mills announced.

With women looking for more natural ways to regulate their digestion through food choices, probiotics continue to gain notoriety. In fact, according to the Yo-Plus survey, nearly two-thirds of women are familiar with probiotics, a strong indication that this health trend is gaining momentum as women become more aware of their options for healthy eating.

“Keeping your digestive system on track is an important part of healthy living,” Krieger stated. “Maintaining positive lifestyle habits are especially important throughout the holidays, which are fraught with high stress situations and excessive eating.”

 

According to a recent Yoplait Yo-Plus survey, nine-out-of-10 women have become committed to their digestive health in the last five years and eight-out-of-10 prefer to regulate their digestion through foods.

“Yo-Plus contains the added benefit of probiotics and fiber for digestive health,” Krieger said. Yo-Plus contains live and active probiotic cultures specifically designed for digestive health and can naturally regulate the balance of microorganisms in the digestive system when eaten daily.

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Drug retailers feed consumer desires with healthful snacks

BY Barbara White-Sax

Consumers may be watching their pocketbooks, but their snack preferences still are trending toward the more healthful options.

While promotions were plentiful at one Walgreens store, healthful snacks were the highlight. On an endcap near the front entrance, Corazona’s Heart Healthy chips and Polar and Dole brand fruit cups were merchandised together. In the store’s Café W area, nuts were a big part of the mix. Frito-Lay’s new TrueNorth trial size nut clusters were being promoted on an aisle wing for 69 cents. Private-label dried fruits and trail mixes shared space with Odwalla bars and 100-calorie packs from Nabisco.

Walgreens’ mix is proof that while retailers scramble to offer consumers more value, they can’t lose sight of what consumers have been telling them they want from food.

At the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting this summer, new-product experts from Mintel International told attendees that consumers want products that have sustainability and inherent goodness of ingredients. They also want healthful choices for their kids.

“What’s in the products is important. Consumers don’t want them to be fortified with anything,” said Lynn Dornblaser, a new product expert from Mintel. “There are more products being made with whole grains, such as Frito-Lay’s SunChips, General Mills Fiber One cereal bars and Nabisco’s Garden Harvest toasted chips.”

Manufacturers are highlighting fruit and vegetable snacks, as well as protein-rich options. “Manufacturers are finding new ways of incorporating a serving of fruit and vegetables into the consumer’s diet,” Mintel’s Dornblaser said.

Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. recently introduced Let’s Grow!, a line of nutritious toddler meals and snacks backed with the company’s no-junk promise. All 19 products in the line are all-natural with added vitamins and minerals, and are made with real fruits and vegetables. They contain no artificial flavors, colors, MSG, trans fats or refined sugar or preservatives.

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