Franklin Foods Reduces Compliance Risk   

Franklin Foods is deploying a solution to automate compliance documentation at corporate, facility and item levels. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company is a leading cream cheese manufacturer.

“We already hold ourselves to the highest standard for food safety and quality throughout our entire process, but we wanted to ensure full compliance with all applicable regulations,” said J.T. Sardina, Vice President of Supply Chain at Franklin Foods, which now relies on the ReposiTrak Compliance & Risk Management solution.

The suite includes the food safety and compliance solutions that are a respected and trusted cornerstone of the ReposiTrak brand. With 300,000 buyer/supplier connections across the platform and endorsements of leading trade groups such as FMI, ROFDA and GMDC, ReposiTrak is considered to be the industry standard.

Chicken of the Sea International Resolves Antitrust Lawsuit

Chicken of the Sea International (COSI), a leading provider of seafood, announced an agreement with 29 food retailers resolving their antitrust claims. Under the agreement terms, COSI will pay a cash settlement and work with the companies in the promotion of innovative Chicken of the Sea products.

COSI was the first tuna producer to engage the U.S. Department of Justice as a whistleblower in an industry anti-trust case.

"The settlement is a significant achievement for COSI and our revamped management team," said Christianna Reed, COSI's vice president and general counsel. "We are also hopeful it will encourage any remaining litigants to put posturing aside and work with us to find pragmatic solutions that reflect the industry's challenging market realities. It is also an unfortunate reality that litigants who continue to pursue aggressive, unrealistic negotiation tactics are putting an iconic American Seafood brand and American jobs at risk."

The Settlement Agreement with COSI includes the following companies:  Affiliated Foods, Inc.; Affiliated Foods Midwest Cooperative, Inc.; Alex Lee, Inc.; Associated Food Stores, Inc.; Associated Grocers of New England, Inc; Bashas' Inc.; Big Y Foods, Inc.; Brookshire Brothers, Inc.; Brookshire Grocery Company; Certco, Inc.; Dollar Tree Distribution, Inc.; Greenbrier International, Inc.; Family Dollar Stores, Inc.; Family Dollar Services, LLC; Fareway Stores, Inc.; The Golub Corporation; Giant Eagle, Inc.; Kmart Corporation; K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.; Marc Glassman, Inc.; McLane Company, Inc; Meadowbrook Meat Company, Inc.; Merchants Distributors, LLC; Schnuck Markets, Inc.; SpartanNash Company; URM Stores, Inc.; Western Family Foods, Inc.; Woodman's Food Market, Inc.; 99 Cents Only Stores LLC; and all of their Affiliates.

New Display Technique for ‘Healthy’ Food

Mixing healthy food options in the same store display as less nutritious snack food could prompt shoppers to make better eating choices, according to new research published in the journal Psychological Science.

“If you see one healthy food and one unhealthy food, most people will choose the indulgent food,” Scott Huettel, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke and author on the study, said in a news release. “But if you add more unhealthy foods, it seems, suddenly the healthy food stands out.”

For example, when a healthy option such as salmon was placed next to a large display of Oreos, about half of the research participants chose the fish, the study found.

Trader Joe’s Repeats as Top U.S. Grocer

Trader Joe’s was again selected as the country’s top-rated grocery retailer by dunnhumby, the customer data company, in its second annual Retailer Preference Index. The study surveyed 7,000 U.S. households to determine which of the top 56 largest grocery retailers have the strongest combination of financial performance and consumer emotional sentiment.

The overall RPI ranking evaluates retailer performance on seven pillars: price, quality, digital, operations, convenience, discounts/rewards and speed.

The grocery retailers with the highest overall consumer preference index scores are (in order): Trader Joe’s, Costco Wholesale, Amazon, H-E-B, Wegmans Food Markets, Market Basket, Sam’s Club, Sprouts Farmers Markets, WinCo Foods, Walmart, Aldi, Peapod, and The Fresh Market.

Call for Nominations for Private Label Hall of Fame

The Private Label Manufactures Association (PLMA) is calling for nominations for its Hall of Fame. The goal is to recognize those whose efforts have changed the direction of store brands and contributed to the development of the industry. The executives selected will join the 40 industry leaders chosen in past years.

Induction into the Private Label Hall of Fame is determined by a selection committee composed of executives with experience and knowledge of private label’s history and evolution.

For information about the program and how to nominate an executive, visit, or call (212) 972-3131.



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