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Big Changes at Delhaize and Supervalu Top SN News

Delhaize’s news of plans to close 33 Sweetbay stores topped Supermarket News’ most viewed content last week. In SN’s coverage, we included details of the company’s new leadership structure and a full list of store closings, accompanied by a Google Map showing all 33 locations set to close along the East Coast.

Supervalu signed a deal to sell several of its banners in a transaction valued at $3.3 billion. The agreement is expected to close by the end of the first quarter.

1. Delhaize Closing 33 Sweetbay Stores
TAMPA, Fla. — Delhaize Group said Thursday that it would close 33 Sweetbay stores here by next month, or about one-third of the chain.

2. 15 Execs Out in Further Delhaize Shakeup SALISBURY, N.C. — Fifteen high-level executives of Delhaize America have been cut in another round of corporate restructuring.

3. Supervalu Sells Off Big Chains
MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu here said last week that it has reached an agreement to sell its Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, and Shaw’s and Star Market banners to a group led by Cerberus Capital Management in a transaction valued at $3.3 billion.

4. Blog: The Top 10 Food Trend Predictions for 2013
Last year we predicted how weather conditions around the globe would affect crop yields and impact food production and prices; little did we know just how big that impact would be.
5. Blog: MOM's Kicks Out Kiddy Advertising
Scott Nash, the founder and president of MOM’s, notes that a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission shows that major food and beverage brands spent $1.8 billion marketing to children in 2009, including more than $80 million on licensing fees for cartoons and other popular characters.


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