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Safeway declares regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced that its board of directors met yesterday and declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. 

The cash dividend will be payable on Jan. 9 to stockholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 19.

Safeway operates 1,406 stores in the United States and had annual sales of $37.5 billion in 2012.

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FMI names VP private brands

BY Antoinette Alexander

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Food Marketing Institute has appointed Douglas Baker as its VP private brands.

With nearly three decades of food retailing and manufacturing experience, Baker will advance FMI’s commitment to investing in brand equity and strengthening the FMI private brands community, FMI stated.

Baker began his career in the food retail industry in 1984, working at Fry’s Food Stores in Arizona.

His 29 years in the food business include numerous promotions and leadership roles at Fry’s, Kraft Foods Group and Federated Group, where he was most recently VP sales. Throughout his career, Baker has focused on retail operations, consumer packaged goods manufacturing, private brand development and marketing.

"Private Brands continue to be a significant part of food retailer strategies for success, providing them with opportunities to lead in product innovation and creatively address customer needs on every aisle in the supermarket,” stated FMI president and CEO Leslie Sarasin.  “Doug’s expertise will help FMI expand resources and reach in the arena of private brands, leading it to take its rightful place as an integral component in FMI’s vision for total store collaboration.”

 

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Most people managing diabetes interested in weight-loss programs

BY Michael Johnsen

As many as 71% of respondents with diabetes or a family history of diabetes reported they would be interested in weight-loss programs geared toward their condition, according to a recent online survey of more than 500 AccentHealth viewers with diabetes or a family history of diabetes. Half of current dieters indicated their weight-loss program/diet was recommended by their physician. To see more Patient Views, click here.

Source: AccentHealth. To view methodology, click here.

Patient Views is an exclusive consumer insights feature that appears in DSN magazine, as well as the daily e-newsletter DSN A.M. If you could ask 6,500 patients anything at all, what would it be? Send your questions to [email protected].

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