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American Express doubles down on ‘Shop Small’
Building on the increasing popularity of Small Business Saturday, American Express is launching a new double points program, introducing a number of community events to support the day, and partnering with Shaquille O’Neal.
Shop Small evolved as a way to extend the benefits of Small Business Saturday throughout the holiday season.
Shaquille O’Neal Commercial: RetailWire
Clif Bar grows under Cleary’s leadership
Founded as an alternative to existing energy food, Clif Bar now boasts over a dozen product lines, including Luna Bar, Clif Kid and Mojo trail mix, and exports to 18 countries across Europe, Asia, and Australia. While the privately-held company will not disclose revenue, Cleary said Clif Bar holds 33 percent of the market share in the health and lifestyle bar category, which is expected to grow to $6.2 billion by 2018.
Approachable CEO: BizJournals
Puppies and kittens are coming to Macy’s windows next week
Puppies and kittens up for adoption will animate the Macy’s windows in San Francisco once again, marking the 30th year of a partnership between the retailer and the San Francisco SPCA. The holiday season promotion has found homes for 8,800 dogs and cats since its inception.
Kenneth Cole to shutter all but two US stores
The fashion house and shoe retailer will take the next six months to shutter its 63 outlet stores, leaving one store in New York City’s Bowery neighborhood and another in the Pentagon City mall in Arlington, VA, according to Kenneth Cole’s website.
How craft beer and restaurants are helping Whole Foods Market in Tustin fend off competitors
Whole Foods Market renovations have brought sandwich chain Mendocino Farms and Hangar Bar to the store in Tustin, Calif., and Mexican-Korean eatery Kogi to the store in El Segundo, Calif. The supermarket chain has added bars and restaurants to 180 of its 464 locations to attract millennials who like to spend on dining out and craft brews.
Canadian firm to acquire American Apparel
American Apparel has filed for its second Chapter 11 bankruptcy and agreed to be acquired by Canada’s Gildan Activewear. Gildan said it will acquire the intellectual property and the inventory of the Los Angeles-based brand but not its retail stores.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Complex flavors, authentic vision spell big growth for DRY Soda
DRY Soda Co. brings adult flavors and culinary delights to the soda market, and the company expects to double its revenue this year on the strength of that vision. “DRY is now the fastest growing carbonated beverage brand in the United States, and we’re on a trajectory to continue this growth pattern,” said CEO Sharelle Klaus.
Interview: Huffington Post
Yogurt takes first place among top 10 foods of the decade
Research from The NPD Group has revealed that the top 10 foods of the past decade include yogurt, bottled water, pizza, poultry sandwiches and Mexican food in first through fifth place. Fresh fruit, bars, frozen ice cream sandwiches, chips and pancakes round out the rest of the list of American favorites.
Source: Nation’s Retail News
Soda tax to be imposed in 5 new cities
Taxes will soon be levied on sugar-sweetened beverages sold at supermarkets and restaurants in Chicago, San Francisco, Boulder, Colo., and Oakland and Albany, Calif.
Read More: SuperMarketNews