First Market Basket Opens Since Arthur T. Demoulas Has Returned

The first Market Basket to open since Arthur T. Demoulas returned in late August as Market Basket leader occurred Sunday, Oct. 26, in Revere, Mass., at the Northgate Shopping Center. The 80,000-square-foot store has been ready to go for months, but the opening was delayed in the bitter fight between Mr. Demoulas and the board of directors of Market Basket. Mr. Demoulas came back to power in late August after a summer-long battle with the board. He said when he returned he planned to open at least two new stores by the end of the year and each year after that.

In another news, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, in a speech to the National Press Club, praised Market Basket employees for their resolve in backing Mr. Demoulas’ return.

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Wegmans Opens Third Mass. Location In Burlington

Wegmans opened its third location in the Bay State in Burlington, Mass., on Sunday, Oct. 26, with a 135,000-square-foot store staffed by 600 employees.

The Burlington store includes a full Wine, Liquor and Beer Shop and Market Café. The café will feature restaurant-quality prepared foods for takeout or dine-in. Indoor seating in the Market Café is on the mezzanine level, giving customers a chance to watch all the action below, plus there’s an outdoor patio with a fireplace for dining alfresco. In total, the café will seat more than 300 people.

As shoppers enter and move through the store, they’ll have a sense of visiting different shops, as one would in a European open-air market. Departments include seafood, meat, deli, bakery, Nature’s Marketplace (with natural and organic foods), a Kosher section, cheese shop, Mediterranean bar and more. In addition to groceries, the store has a full pharmacy, floral shop, health and beauty section and gifts/housewares. Among the 60,000-plus products offered at the Burlington store, more than 3,000 are organic. Wegmans will expand to Westwood, Mass., in 2015.

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FMI Urges Legislative Solution On COOL Meat Labeling Dispute

Agreeing with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) report, FMI said last week that Congress should step in and legislatively resolve the U.S. dispute with Mexico and Canada over the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) meat labeling law.

Andre Harig, director of government relations for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), said, “The findings in the WTO’s panel report on meat labeling come as no surprise and mirror many of the concerns that FMI and its partners up and down the supply chain have raised about COOL and the 2013 regulatory revisions. The WTO decision makes it clear that there are problems with the law that only Congress can address. Rather than continuing to ‘run out the clock’ on the WTO process, we urge Congress to act as expeditiously as possible to bring the law into compliance with our trade commitments and put an end to the threat of tariffs by Canada and Mexico on U.S. exports.

“FMI stands ready to work with lawmakers to help develop a legislative solution that will put an end to this dispute,” said Mr. Harig.

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Latest Word in Supermarket News...

The Food Industry of New York (FIA) will host its annual Red Carpet Salute to Industry Leaders on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, N.Y. The event features a reception to meet and mingle with industry leaders. This year’s dinner speaker is former Met and Yankee great, Dwight “Doc” Gooden. The event begins with a cocktail reception running from 6:00-7:30 p.m., followed by a short program running from 7:30-8:30 pm and concludes with a dessert reception at 8:30 p.m.

• Northeast officers of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Assn. include: Joy Sgro of Bozzuto’s, secretary; and Ray Tarnowski, Philadelphia Warehouse and Cold Storage, treasurer. Elected Board of Director members include: Tony Hatok of Giant Eagle, William Mayor, Wakefern Food Corp. and Dave Susla, Schwan’s Consumer Brands.

• Ocean Spray has expanded into the health and wellness market with an introduction of a bottled water beverage. The company launched Ocean Spray PACt cranberry extract water infused with proanthocyanidins, the natural elements found in cranberries.

• Murry’s Inc., a Lebanon, Pa., establishment, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin, according to the the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The products subject to the recall are: 12-ounce boxes of Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets and 10.5 boxes of Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast. The products have a best by date of Aug. 9. 2015.

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