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Supervalu’s Albertsons banners to keep self-checkout lanes

BY Michael Johnsen

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu on Monday issued a clarification that its Albertsons banners are not removing any self-checkout lanes from their stores.

Confusion was created out of an announcement at the top of July that Albertsons LLC, a separate entity that owns and operates 217 stores in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, decided to remove self-checkout lanes from its stores.

“Since this story broke last week, our customers have called us and we learned first-hand that they want and appreciate the convenience of self-checkout lanes,” stated Lilia Rodriguez, Supervalu spokeswoman.

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P&G adds new recipes to IAMS Healthy Naturals line

BY Gail Hoffer

MASON, Ohio — P&G has expanded its IAMS pet food line with the addition of Sensitive Naturals and Simple and Natural recipes to its IAMS Healthy Naturals collection. IAMS Healthy Naturals was launched in 2007 and includes four recipes for dogs and three for cats.

The IAMS Sensitive Naturals recipe is designed with ocean fish (haddock, cod and flounder) as the first ingredient, and is ideal for dogs with ingredient sensitivities, which affect up to 25% of all dogs, according to P&G. IAMS Simple & Natural is made for dogs, with chicken as the first ingredient for 100% nutrition and 0% filler, the company reported. Both varieties contain rice and barley and include the following ingredients for added health benefits:

  • Higher levels of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids that work on the inside to ensure a dog’s sensitive skin and coat health;

  • Natural prebiotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides);

  • Beet pulp and apple pomace for healthy digestion;

  • Fiber blend for nutrient absorption; and

  • Higher levels of the antioxidant vitamin E for a strong immune system.

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Dollar stores feel effects of recession

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK — The penny-pinching consumers of the recession have become penny-clamping consumers, and dollar stores are starting to feel the effects, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Dollar General Corp., Family Dollar Stores and Dollar Tree had all missed quarterly earnings targets. One major reason was a rise in diesel fuel costs for trucks, but key factors also included rising gas prices, unemployment and stagnant wages, which resulted in customers finding it difficult to buy discretionary items, even at dollar stores’ deeply discounted prices.

As a result, customers at the stores are buying more essentials, such as food and cleaning products, rather than clothing and home decorations. While all three chains posted same-store sales increases that remained fairly strong, those increases have been getting smaller, according to the Journal.
 

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