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Giant Food adds tracking codes to eggs

BY CSA STAFF

CARLISLE, Pa. Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are helping customers easily identify egg freshness.

The Ahold-own chains have etched freshness dates and tracking codes on the shells of all store-brand and the private label Nature’s Promise eggs.

The initiative was launched with EggFusion and local suppliers and, according to Giant’s Web site, “is the first and only USDA-accepted solution for applying permanent, tamperproof marks to eggs.”

Customers looking to find out when an individual egg was packed can do so by visiting www.GiantFreshEgg.com and entering its tracking code. The Web site also provides information on the name of the plant that packed the egg and where it is located, as well as the name of its distributor.

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Safeway predicts ’08 growth

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PLEASANTON, Calif. Safeway today announced its earnings outlook for the year 2008.

Safeway said that it expects earnings per share for 2008 to be in the range of $2.25 to $2.35. The company said it anticipates that identical-store sales growth (excluding fuel) will be in the range of 3% to 3.2%. According to Safeway, the identical sales growth will be strongly affected by contributions from Lifestyle stores and product innovation.

Innovation has been, and will continue to be, the key to our success, said Steve Burd, chairman, president and ceo. “We have developed highly successful programs to reduce costs, improve service, enhance the quality of products and the shopping environment, and have established new growth vehicles. We believe this will ensure our long-term growth.”

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Meijer looks to enhance supply chain

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. As part of Meijer’s new requirement for suppliers to generate their own replenishment orders as part of its scan based trading (SBT) program, the company has partnered with Prescient Applied Intelligence, a provider of supply chain and advanced commerce solutions, to test a store level replenishment (SLR) pilot program with one of its major suppliers.

“The SLR pilot program includes about a dozen stores,” said Tim Cronk, supply chain planner at Meijer. “We are using the pilot phase to set benchmarks and expectations for the 150+ store rollout, currently planned for early 2008.”

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