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Sam’s Club plans store specializing in products for Hispanic shoppers

BY Jenna Duncan

NEW YORK Wal-Mart announced to its investors on Tuesday that it will revamp the Sam’s Club concept slightly to appeal to Hispanic customers and open a “Mas Club” store that carries a variety of products imported from Mexico, such as candy, meats, produce, seafood and other items.

The announcement was made on the second day of Wal-Mart’s investors’ meeting in Bentonville, Ark.

Sam’s Club president and chief executive, Doug McMillon, said that rethinking store concepts and reaching out to customers was crucial because while Sam’s Club sales numbers were growing, but membership is not.

The first Mas Club is slated to open in early 2009 in Houston. A separate, new membership program with be initiated for Mas Club, independent of Sam’s Club, the company said.

Sam’s Club is also testing smaller format “neighborhood” stores in some markets, the company said.

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Del Monte prefacing launch of new products with ADA conference

BY Melissa Valliant

SAN FRANCISCO Del Monte, one of the United States’ largest food producers, is holding an ADA conference with their registered dietitian Laura Ali in order to promote the health benefits of their current and upcoming products.

Ali will be offering recipe samples to show attendees how to incorporate more vegetable servings into their daily intake.

New Del Monte products include Del Monte Superfruit snacks, Del Monte Fruit Naturals apples and oranges, red grapefruit bowls, no salt added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, and 50 percent less salt corn.

“The Company’s presence at the ADA conference calls attention to the healthfulness of our fruit and vegetable products­ from our Fruit Naturals products, which are an important source of vitamin C, to our reduced salt and no salt added vegetable products,”Ali said. “These convenient, great-tasting products make it easy to get the four-and-a-half cups of fruits and vegetable MyPyramid recommends as part of a daily diet.”

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YoNaturals teams with California schools to offer healthy vending snacks, raise money for schools

BY Jenna Duncan

SAN DIEGO YoNaturals has launched a “School Healthy Vending” campaign in California. As part of its plan to set up hundreds of vending machines in California schools, the snack maker has agreed to allow the schools to keep 100 percent of the profit from items in vending machines that meet or exceed meet and exceed SB-12 Nutrition Guidelines.

YoNaturals has said, by supplying healthy items to school vending machines, it will help in the fight to curb childhood obesity rates, as well as help schools raise money.

“Schools can choose from an enormous selection of over 200 nutritious organic and natural vending products which will appeal to students of all ages,” Mark Trotter, chief executive officer of YoNaturals said. “All vending products offered by YoNaturals have been carefully chosen to meet and exceed in many cases all State Nutritional Guidelines.”

YoNaturals already provides natural and organic beverages and snacks to about 400 schools in California.

For more information on the “Schools Healthy Vending” program, visit http://www.schoolhealthvending.com.

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