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Much of women’s household role remains unchanged, study finds

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Even decades of social change haven’t changed one thing: women’s continued dominance of the retail marketplace, according to a new study.

The survey of more than 1,000 women, commissioned by PLMA and conducted by GfK Custom Research North America, found that women’s time spent grocery shopping has not decreased despite their personal and professional advancements. Two-thirds of women say they handle much of the grocery shopping, while three-quarters of them forming shopping lists and 53% of respondents clip coupons and search for specials. Forty percent say they spend about an hour in the supermarket.

In addition, 84% say they act as the sole preparers of meals, with 61% preparing meals at least five times per week and 64% making most meals using fresh ingredients. Seven-in-10 say cleaning the house is their job, and three-quarters handle most of the laundry.

 

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Diplomat employees use coupons to collect food, toiletries for charity

BY Alaric DeArment

FLINT, Mich. — Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy recently took "extreme couponing" to a new level, not to save money for customers, but to collect items for charity.

Diplomat sponsored a contest in which 12 employees competed to see who could buy the most food items and toiletries for local charities using only $25 and coupons. With $300, employees bought $2,160 worth of groceries, which will be donated to Flint, Mich.-based Carriage Town Ministries and St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center.

"The initial inspiration for the coupling contest came after a visit to the St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center," Diplomat director of enterprise technology resources Michelle West said. "A Diplomat employee, Stephanie Howes, saw their need and came up with ‘extreme couponing’ for a cause, advancing the idea from the popular TV show on TLC."

 

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Onion Crunch beefs up the taste of burgers

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Loeb’s has launched a new condiment topping that is the only kosher pareve and vegan crunchy onion topping available on store shelves, the company said.

Loeb’s Onion Crunch is made from fresh, specially-selected sweet onions that are lightly fried in vegetable oil and seasoned to deliver a roasted onion flavor to anything it is added. Onion Crunch is made with real onions and only four ingredients, and has no added sugars. According to Loeb’s, crsipy onions are already a popular topping in Europe for burgers.

Onion Crunch is available in four flavors: Original, Bacon, BBQ and Chipotle. It can be found on retail shelves next to kethcup and mustard in the condiment aisle at Walmart, Costco, Duane Reade, Safeway, Giant Food Stores and many more.


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