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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only July 22, 2011
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President's Message

ALA continues to focus on debt reduction strategies that will impact the military resale benefits:

Funding for Lejeune vet care comes under attack
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Montgomery Advertiser, Tom Philpott
Advocates for military com­missaries are optimistic they can sideline a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee plan that would end subsidies of base grocery stores so the same money could pay for health care of veterans and families exposed years ago to contami­nated water at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Sen. Coburn includes CBO recommendations on resale consolidation in his debt reduction strategy:

Non-defense spending at the Department of Defense: Spending, duplication by other federal agencies
One area of significant costs at the Department of Defense that receives more attention than military personnel costs, weapons procurement or earmarks is spending within the Department of Defense that is not a core mission of the Pentagon.

More of Coburn's proposal can be found on page 3 of the document, and by clicking here.

Pentagon braces for much deeper military spending cuts as part of debt deal
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The Washington Post, Craig Whitlock
The Pentagon is bracing for spending cuts far deeper than what it was expecting just a few weeks ago, including the possible elimination of an aircraft carrier group and other weapons programs, as an increasing number of lawmakers float proposals for slashing the once-sacrosanct defense budget.

McKeon balks at 'Gang of Six' defense cuts
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NationalJournal, Megan Scully
House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., who has stalwartly opposed deep cuts to defense spending, recently sent a memo to Republicans on his panel blasting the "Gang of Six" proposal for targeting the Pentagon's accounts.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Former comptroller adds another budget plan to debt crisis mix
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Federal agencies "need to get the message that the days of 20 and 30 percent spending increases are over," former Comptroller General David M. Walker recently told reporters on Capitol Hill as he added his own budget-cutting proposals to the swirl of competing plans for resolving the debt-ceiling crisis. More

Obama: Fiscal commission cut defense too deep
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President Barack Obama believes cutting defense spending by nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, as suggested by the Simpson-Bowles Commission, goes too far for a country still at war. More

Pentagon official argues $400 billion in cuts can't be made 'by subtraction alone'
NationalJournal via Early Bird    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Pentagon's top acquisition official recently said the military cannot make the $400 billion in cuts that President Barack Obama has ordered "by subtraction alone." Instead, the Pentagon will have to develop a vision of what national-security capabilities the nation will need in the future, then shape spending to match. More

Kitazawa, Panetta agree on Futenma
The Japan Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa and his newly appointed U.S. counterpart, Leon Panetta, recently reaffirmed Tokyo and Washington will move forward with the plan to relocate the controversial Futenma base within Okinawa. More

Storied US military hospital to close its doors
Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The storied Walter Reed Army hospital, where generations of American soldiers came to heal their wounds, will shut down in September, the Pentagon said. "Walter Reed is closing its doors on the 15th of September permanently after 102 years of service to the nation. For many of the staff members, it's like losing your favorite uncle," said Colonel Norvell Coots, calling the facility a national "icon." More

Commissary News

National Apple Month announces 2011 retail display contest
The Produce News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some things just go together, like apples, caramel and peanut butter. That's why National Apple Month has teamed with Marzetti, Smucker's and Jif for a national retail and military commissary display contest, with $14,000 in prizes. More

How to bolster your willpower at the supermarket
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Do you routinely walk out of the supermarket and find your grocery bags are filled with junk food? Have you bemoaned the fact that, against your better judgment, you can't resist strolling down the cookies-and-candy aisle? New research finds grocery shoppers who carry baskets are more likely to purchase unhealthy food than those pushing a cart. More

Research: Berries are better than ever
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At the 4th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium earlier this month, scientists from around the globe presented research finding that berries can be used to fight such age-related scourges as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and mental decline. More

Study: 94 percent of US households use eggs
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A whopping 92 percent of Mintel research respondents agree that eggs are an important part of a healthy diet. However, there is a potential struggle for organic producers, as 57 percent don't think organic eggs are any healthier than regular ones. Furthermore, 30 percent of respondents eat fewer eggs than they would like due to concerns about cholesterol. More

Fresh & Green's debuts in US
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All of the eight former Super Fresh stores acquired by Canadian operator Natural Market Restaurant Group have reopened under a new banner — Fresh & Green's — and a developing profile. Fresh & Green's would continue to carry traditional grocery products, but would begin to distribute more natural and organic brands and prepared foods in the weeks and months ahead. More

Greener grocery stores
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Supermarkets use more than twice as much energy as the average commercial building per square foot. Only hospitals and restaurants are more energy-intensive building types, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Given the grocery industry's historically thin profit margins, Energy Star also estimates that saving $1 on energy costs has an impact on the bottom line equivalent to generating an additional $59 in sales. This is ample justification for supermarket chains and individual stores to explore ways to reduce energy expenses, shrink their environmental footprints and create a better shopping experience for customers. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA Website:

DP #14, Update #2.
DP #15, Update #1.
DP #16, Update #1 and Alaska Promotion & Shipper Quantities.
DP #19 WW Promotion Package, Spooktacular Savings.
Summer Club Pack September CONUS Quantities.
Fall Club Pack, Far East & Alaska October Quantities.

11-100, Frozen Truck Load Sale.
11-101, Bulk Water Category Review.

Adds/Changes/Deletes for Week 11-29.
Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.
CRV Values.
Reset Schedule, Update #7.

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration and agenda information is now available on the website.

Commissary Council Consumer Awareness Team (CAT) golf tournament, Sept. 12, Country Club of Petersburg, Va. Contact Ainsley Everhart,, for further information and registration.

64th Annual Convention, Oct. 3-5, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Registration now available on the ALA website.

ALA Meetings

2011 meetings
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For details on any of our events, visit our Web page at

2011 ALA/DeCA Hawaii Conference & Food Show: Aug. 15-18, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Honolulu. Watch for registration information.

ALA Hawaii Scholarship Golf Tournament: Aug. 16, Kapolei Golf Course, 91701 Farrington Hwy., Waipahu, Hawaii 96797, Phone: 808-674-2227
(Assists DeCA/ALA beneficiaries in going to college.)

Three $4,000 scholarships to be awarded. You can help make this happen!

Shotgun start: 1-1:30 p.m., dinner and awards: 6 p.m. $135/person (industry), $95/person government. (Registration must be received by Aug. 6 to quality for government rate.)

Entry includes greens fees, cart, boxed lunch, buffet dinner and door prizes. Prizes also awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, best score and hole in one.

64th Annual Convention: Oct. 3-5, Orlando World Marriott Center, Orlando, Fla. Click here for registration and more information.

Exchange News

Commander seeks to ban plastic bags from post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
A Washington, D.C.-area base commander is trying to do away with all plastic bags across his base, including those used at the exchange and commissary. "The plan is to educate people on the fact that there's just no reason for plastic bags," said Col. Carl Coffman, commander of Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, an Army and Marine Corps base near Washington. More

Retailers push multipurchase deals
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Buy a lot — a whole lot more than you meant to — and save! Like most retailers, grocers are feeling the pinch as people spend less these days. So they are playing a multiples game to entice shoppers to buy more than their shopping lists dictate. More

Disconnect between causes, products deter buying
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There is a "rising disconnect" between the causes companies support and the products they sell that is leaving consumers skeptical and less likely to participate, according to New York-based MSLGROUP. Although 96 percent of Americans say they can identify two to three causes that are important to them personally, the recent 2011 MSLGROUP Social Purpose Index found that only 37 percent of Americans actually have purchased a product associated with a cause in the past year. More

CVS, Walmart join Winn-Dixie in offering gas discount programs
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CVS customers who have an ExtraCare card will get a coupon for $10 of free gas at the checkout counter if they buy at least $30 worth of "qualifying products." Walmart rolled out its own program to cut the cost of gas at select Murphy USA and Walmart stations. Winn-Dixie's Fuelperks program also is a way to save money on gas. More

NPD: Back-to-school shoppers remain cautious; to shop later
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Consumers are expected to remain cautious in the coming back-to-school shopping season, with shoppers expected to head to the stores later this year, according to data from research firm NPD Group Inc. The back-to-school season is one of the most important for the retail industry, behind the Christmas holiday season. More

Hiring across channels expands brand potential
MarketingDaily via MediaPost    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Let's talk about shopping. How do you shop? Do you tend to shop exclusively in one store; are you loyal to one retailer, one brand or one designer? Or like most of us, do you go anywhere you can to find your favorite lipstick, dress or T-shirt? One of the biggest challenges today for retailers is customer loyalty, and the ability to retain your following while attracting new customers. More

Mattel, Hasbro profit as emerging markets pick up their toys
The Wall Street Journal via Fox Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blockbuster motion pictures often are the headiest contributors to toy makers' results, but the bigger story for Mattel Inc. and Hasbro Inc. is the boost they are getting from international sales. The pair are puling fast growth overseas, particularly in emerging markets. Global sales have helped Mattel, the world's largest toy company by revenue, and Hasbro, the industry's No. 2, offset continued weakness in the U.S. More

Study: Consumer goods promotions skyrocketed in 2010
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Major makers of food and household products used coupons, in-store deals and other promotions to sell nearly one-fourth of their goods in North America last year as shoppers sharpened their focus on finding the best prices, a new study showed. More

Restaurant chains changing menus to help fight childhood obesity
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Indiana consistently has ranked as one of the fattest states in the country. Now, several restaurant chains are trying to help fight childhood obesity by changing what's on their menus. More

Modern retailing rooted in history
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With the opening of a new concept store at the end of March, Tedeschi Food Shops is building upon the reputation it has been cultivating over the past 90 years. The concept store, anchored in foodservice and differentiated services, confirms that the retailer's commitment to the brand is as strong as it was in 1923 when Angelo Tedeschi opened a small store in his home, said Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO of the now 190-store chain, which is based in Rockland, Mass., and operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. More

Walmart saves families time, money this back-to-school season
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With moms on a tight budget this back-to-school season, Walmart recently announced it will offer low prices all season long on a broadened assortment of back-to-school and back-to-college essentials including everyday supplies, sporty backpacks and the latest electronics. More

Exchange Announcements

AAFES SD-C buyer changes
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Randy Demster — Dry grocery/DSD/bakery/chill buyer
Adrienne Townes — Everyday candy buyer
Melissa Kitchen — Snacks buyer
Jorge Calandria — Oral hygiene, deodorant/shaving, sports nutrition buyer

Washington Update

Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation
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The Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division administers a varied program of recreation, social and community support activities on U.S. Navy facilities worldwide. Our programs provide active-duty, reserve and retired Navy personnel and their families with sports and physical fitness activities, child development and youth programs, and a variety of food and beverage services. Our mission is to provide quality support and recreational services that contribute to the retention, readiness, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of our sailors.

Click here to visit the main MWR Site or choose one of the region-specific website links.

Warner: Fix failing military-base schools
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Prompted by an investigation revealing that military-base schools across the country are falling apart, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., and a bipartisan group of colleagues are asking new Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to make the issue a top priority. More

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