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Giant-Landover acquires two stores in Baltimore area

BY Alaric DeArment

LANDOVER, Md. — Supermarket chain Giant Food has acquired two supermarkets in the Baltimore area from another company, Giant said.

Giant, also known as Giant-Landover to distinguish itself from Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Pa. — both are owned by Netherlands-based Royal Ahold — said it would buy two Fresh & Green’s stores from Mrs. Green’s Management. The stores are in Baltimore and Parkville, Md.

Both stores will subsequently be closed for remodeling, and the Baltimore store will replace a Giant store at a nearby shopping center.

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Walmart backs commitment to health with $9.5 million

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is following through on its commitment to give consumers the best access to affordable, nutritious foods by donating $9.5 million in grants to organizations with a shared mission of promoting healthy eating habits.

The funding will support nutrition education programs, provide classes focused on learning to cook and shop for healthier foods on a budget and provide live cooking demonstrations in communities nationwide, the company annnounced in a press release.

In January 2011, Walmart, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, announced an initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. This effort includes a commitment to increase funding for nutrition programs that help educate consumers about healthier food choices.

"We want to help our customers make healthier decisions whether that’s through their in-store experience at Walmart or through taking a class focused on nutrition education," Walmart SVP sustainability Andrea Thomas said. "The grants we’re announcing today will give thousands of Americans access to nutrition education classes, cooking demonstrations and nutritional recipes — essential tools to living a healthier life."

Walmart’s donations are detailed below:

  • Action for Healthy Kids: $1.5 million to help increase access to healthy food and improve nutrition education at 400 schools nationwide. Program expects to increase access to nutrition programs to 160,000 school-aged children;

  • American Medical Association Foundation: $300,000 to expand nutrition and health programs at 11 free clinics nationwide, serving more than 7,000 individuals;

  • Children’s Health Fund: $1.3 million to enhance obesity screening and nutritional counseling to 10,000 low-income and homeless children in six states and provide ongoing nutritional education through the Starting Right program;

  • League of United Latin American Citizens: $500,000 to support healthy living education courses and community health festivals. The program is expected to reach more than 8,000 individuals;

  • National Black Child Development Institute: $300,000 to provide nutrition education to African-American families with young children in five cities, serving more than 10,000 participants;

  • National 4-H Council: $1.35 million to deliver healthy living education to 40,000 youth in 15 states through Youth Voice: Youth Choice program. State councils also will be encouraged to develop healthy living action plans to combat unhealthy eating habits;

  • National Latino Children’s Institute: $225,000 to encourage healthy nutrition practices and help prevent chronic disease among 5,000 Hispanic children and their families;

  • Oldways: $100,000 to encourage dietary changes in the African-American community through Oldways’ African Heritage Diet program. The program will provide nutrition education to 4,000 participants; and

  • Share Our Strength: $4 million to provide grocery store tours to 7,500 participants through Shopping Matters which helps low-income families learn how to shop healthy on a budget. 31,000 participants also will be reached through Cooking Matters, a six-week course on how to cook healthier meals on a budget.

More information on Walmart’s commitment to nutrition education can be found here.

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NPD Group to receive, analyze Walmart’s point-of-sale information

BY Allison Cerra

BENTONVILLE, Ark. —  NPD Group is expanding its portfolio of solution-oriented products and services by acquiring data from Walmart’s U.S. stores and website.

Through its agreement with Walmart, NPD will work together with the retailer to integrate Walmart information into NPD products. Walmart will be using NPD as the primary provider of data for the general merchandise categories tracked by NPD and NPD DisplaySearch as a new supplier of forecasting analysis for the electronics team. Recently, NPD signed an agreement with Sam’s Club to receive point-of-sale information from Sam’s Club and SamsClub.com.

“This agreement is truly a game changer for NPD and for the industry,” NPD president and COO Karyn Schoenbart said. “With Walmart data, we will be able to provide our clients with world class information and solidify our leadership position as the premier source of market insight in our industries. We look forward to offering our clients the best information ever for understanding their customers in order to drive better decisions and grow their businesses.”

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