Foiled—Literally—Again

Tinfoil thievery—where criminals use the foil to block satellite dish reception—is back in Michigan and Illinois, Oil Express reports. The Michigan Petroleum Association is warning retailers of the scam, in which one person uses a bad credit card to start fueling and distracts employees, while another climbs onto the station’s rooftop to wrap the satellite…

70% of Shoppers Purchase Gluten Free

In a recent SupermarketGuru.com poll, a sweeping majority (71%) had purchased gluten-free (GF) foods within the past three months, and 54% expect to continue to regularly buy GF foods. Most believe consumers are buying gluten-free products because they believe they are healthier, but the Lempert Report found that the top five reasons reported by the consumer…

More Shoppers Will Buy Gift Cards

This holiday season, shoppers plan to spend more than ever on the most flexible and convenient of gifts: a gift card. With retailers providing increasingly creative ways for gift cards to be personalized and delivered, NRF’s 2012 holiday consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight shows that 81.1% of shoppers will purchase at least one gift…

PM USA Raises Prices Again

Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA is pushing through a price increase of six cents per pack across all of the company’s cigarette brands, the second round of price rises this year, reported Dow Jones. The maker of Marlboro and L&M cigarettes confirmed it would enact the price increase on shipments effective December 3rd. The…

Central Grocers Buys Chicago Distributor

Central Grocers, a member-owned grocery wholesaler, said it has agreed to acquire the distribution arm of Chicago-based Dearborn Wholesale Grocers. Terms were not disclosed. 
According to its website, Dearborn, founded as a wholesaler in 1919, operates a 350,000-square-foot main distribution center in Chicago. The company also operates a 120,000-square-foot facility for reserve stock, health and…