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Stop & Shop partners with USDA on healthy eating program

BY Alaric DeArment

QUINCY, Mass. Customers at Stop & Shop will encounter some encouragement to eat well under a new partnership between the supermarket chain and the Department of Agriculture.

As part of the partnership, part of the USDA’s “Partnering with MyPyramid: Corporate Challenge,” Stop & Shop stores will have signs such with slogans such as “Vary Your Vegetables” and “Make Half Your Grains Whole.” The chain will also encourage customers to use interactive features on MyPyramid.gov to influence their eating choices.

The Corporate Challenge seeks to create partnerships between industry and the government to promote healthy eating. It is based on MyPyramid, the USDA’s updated version of the original Food Pyramid.

Based in Quincy, Mass., the Stop & Shop Supermarket Company operates 59,000 stores in New England, as well as in New York and New Jersey.

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Nonni’s Biscotti hopes to sweeten up cookie aisle with new flavors

BY Jenna Duncan

TULSA, Okla. Nonni’s Food Co., the maker of Nonni’s Biscotti, has announced the launch of two new biscotti flavors; caramel latte and mint cioccolati. The company said that it hopes to further growth in the cookie aisle.

Matt Duffy, Nonni’s marketing manager said in a release, “Due to unprecedented growth and consumer demand, Nonni’s Biscotti is expanding our line to include these delicious new flavors. Although cookie category sales have been generally flat for the past three years, Nonni’s Biscotti continues to generate phenomenal sales. The continued success of Nonni’s Biscotti is a result of our ongoing dialogue with the consumer, which helps us anticipate and meet their needs for flavor, portability and taste.”

Nielsen reported that Nonni’s Biscotti sales were up 38 percent in 2007 which reportedly accounted for 85 percent of the total growth in biscotti sales. The company said it expects sales to increase even further in 2008.

In addition to Nonni’s Biscotti, Nonni’s Food Co. also has New York Style brand pita chips and bagel chips and Old London melba toast snack crackers. Nonni’s products can be found at select grocers and premium food retailers.

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Missouri Gov. against sale of Anheuser-Busch

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Belgian brewer InBev’s offer to buy St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch has generated strong opposition from government authorities in St. Louis and the state of Missouri.

InBev submitted an unsolicited bid Wednesday to buy the company for $65 a share, or $46.3 billion.

“I am strongly opposed to the sale of Anheuser-Busch and today’s offer to purchase the company is deeply troubling to me,” Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt said in a statement Wednesday.

Blunt said that he planned to explore “every option and any opportunity” to keep America’s largest brewer in St. Louis, but conceded that there was no immediate tool available at the state level to block it.

City officials in St. Louis also plan to write to Anheuser-Busch shareholders to persuade them to reject the deal.

Founded in 1852 as the Bavarian Brewery, Anheuser-Busch manufactures and markets the Budweiser and Michelob lines of beer, as well as Bacardi Silver specialty drinks. It also imports beers such as Boddingtons Pub Ale, Grolsch and Tiger Beer.

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