News Watch

NUTRITION INFO AVAILABLE FAST VIA CELL PHONE BOSTON Nutrition on the Go, a new program by diet.com, enables consumers to check out the nutritional profile of menu items in seconds via text messaging on their cell phones. In a statement to the press, diet.com officials said the program features a database of 1,700 restaurants, mostly QSRs, and 36,000 menu items. After putting the cell phone in text

NUTRITION INFO AVAILABLE FAST VIA CELL PHONE

BOSTON — Nutrition on the Go, a new program by diet.com [3], enables consumers to check out the nutritional profile of menu items in seconds via text messaging on their cell phones. In a statement to the press, diet.com [3] officials said the program features a database of 1,700 restaurants, mostly QSRs, and 36,000 menu items. After putting the cell phone in text message mode, the consumer types in the menu item, and then sends it to DIET1 (34381). Calories, as well as grams of fat, carbs and protein, are then shown. For example, by texting “Subway Tuna Sub,” the consumer instantly would be sent “Tuna sub 6-inch, classic sandwich, calories 530, fat 31 G, carbs 45 G, and protein 22 G.” Diet.com [4] is an online weight loss destination site that offers an active user-driven support community along with a lifestyle-based weight loss program.

BIG Y MAKES D'AMOUR NEW VP OF FRESH FOODS

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y here has appointed Michael P. D'Amour, a 21-year veteran of the company, to the new position of vice president of fresh foods. In addition to developing a long-term fresh foods strategy, D'Amour will oversee financials, employee training and development, merchandising and advertising for Big Y's produce, floral, deli, bakery, food service, seafood and meat departments, reporting to Phillip J. Schneider, vice president of sales. D'Amour was most recently senior director of fresh foods for Big Y, and has held several other positions at the company, including category manager for produce; category manager, frozen foods and dairy; store manager; deli and food service manager; and food service trainer/merchandiser. Outside of his Big Y experience, D'Amour also worked as a store representative for the former Food Enterprises food broker.