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Study finds rebates may spur healthy food purchases

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — Rebates on healthy foods may lead patients to purchase them more frequently, according to a new study by researchers in South Africa.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, examined a program offered by Discovery, South Africa’s largest health plan. The HealthyFood program provides a cash-back rebate of up to 25% on healthy food purchases in more than 400 designated supermarkets around the country.

Examining supermarket scanner data from between 2009 and 2012 linked to 170,000 households with Visa credit cards, 60% of which were eligible for the rebate, the researchers found that rebates of 10% to 25% for healthy foods were associated with a 6% increase in the purchase of healthy food relative to total food.

In September 2012, Walmart and HumanaVitality a subsidiary of Humana that is a partnership between the health insurer and Vitality, itself a subsidiary of Discovery, introduced a pilot program to try the same thing in the United States. Under the program, HumanaVitality members get 5% savings when they buy products at Walmart that qualify for the mass-merchandise chain’s Great For You icon, including fresh produce and low-fat dairy.

"Price is an important factor in incentivizing wellness in America," Walmart president for health and wellness John Agwunobi said. "By offering affordable, healthier foods, we will help make our customers healthier and reduce costs to our healthcare system as a whole."


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D.RICHARD says:
Apr-12-2013 12:10 am

Many people think that healthy food is costlier and thus they avoid purchasing healthy items. So to encourage healthy eating among public, lowering costs of the food is important. Rebates on food items will increase the food purchases and people can buy healthy food frequently. http://www.medifasthealth.org/general/cheating-on-your-diet/

valens says:
Apr-07-2013 02:59 pm

Most grocery stores will have a section for spices, but will oftentimes also have spices in other areas of the store that aren't quite as expensive. For example, you might find Mexican spices in the spice aisle for a higher price than you'll find them in the Mexican food aisle of the store. Another key to saving money on food is to make sure you are not wasting anything. All leftovers can be used for another meal and in such way online loans no credit check will be avoided.

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Meijer expands made-in-Michigan program

BY Alaric DeArment

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mass merchandise chain Meijer is expanding an initiative started last year to feature products made in the state of Michigan.

The company announced Tuesday a plan to feature 55 new Michigan-made grocery products in all its stores in the state. The company started the Made in Michigan initiative in January 2012 with the Michigan State University Product Center for Food-Ag-Bio.

"It’s been a fantastic opportunity for all Michigan businesses to have this local selection at Meijer; many of them see amazing results," MSU Product Center High Impact Venture Action Team project manager Matt Birbeck said. "Now that it’s in every Michigan Meijer store, everybody gets to see and taste the diversity of this great state."

The products initially featured included marinara sauce, blueberry butter and gluten-free baking mixes. The new items include barbecue sauces, cherry butter, salsa, guacamole and potato chips. Meijer said the original launch had an economic benefit of $400,000, and it expects a $900,000 benefit from the latest rollout.

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KIND offers two new healthy snack bars

BY Jason Owen

NEW YORK — Healthy snack maker KIND has introduced two new snack bars to its lineup, Dark Chocolate Chili Almond and Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt, the company announced today.

“The original KIND Nuts & Spices flavors became fast favorites. In fact, two of the flavors quickly earned themselves a spot on our best-sellers list, and we’ve since had an overwhelming number of requests for more variety,” said Marc de Grandpre, SVP marketing at KIND. “So, we’re excited to give our "KINDaholics" what they want by expanding the KIND Nuts & Spices line while staying true to our commitment to using the finest all-natural ingredients you can see and pronounce.”

Dark Chocolate Chili Almond contains a blend of mixed nuts drizzled in chocolate with a trio of cascabel, ancho and habanero chilies. The Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt is a combination of pecans, almonds and peanuts covered in maple syrup with a touch of sea salt.

The two new additions expand the current lineup offering to six varieties containing 5 g of sugar or less and no artificial ingredients. Additionally, KIND Nuts and Spices bars are gluten-free, low-glycemic, contain no GMOs and are low in sodium. The new flavors will be available at retail outlets nationwide in June.


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