Things are about to get real interesting:
Analysis: A referendum on big government
Top Armed Services Committee Democrats gunned down
A great American:
Cindy Dulik, PepsiCo (Also an ALA Board Member)
Tim Atwood, Proctor & Gamble Company
Frank Glotfelty, General Mills, Promotions Committee Chair
Kurt Hall, Unilever
Jim Herring, John Morrell
Bob Hybki, ConAgra, Consumer Awareness Team Chair
Kathleen Snydstrup, Kellogg Sales Company
Al Oliver, Military Produce Group
Laura Thompson, Kraft
Mark Orzolek, PepsiCo
Kent Blue, Webco
Tommie Draper, Overseas Service Company
Lauren Elkin, L & M Marketing
Don Goetz, Highplains
Mike Hatfield, S & K Sales
Randy Hardee, Elite
Joe Kovac, Alder, Perishable Committee Chair
Steve Lamkin, D & S, Store Support Committee Chair
Chris Lee, CLJ/Acosta
Tim Brown, Empower IT
Tom Fehily, CommEX
Ron Ritchie, MDV-NF, Ops/Systems Committee Chair
Craig Murphy, Supervalu
Federal Government contractors must report executive compensation and first-tier subcontract awards (July 15, 2010)
The changing face of government relations: Government relations update
For the third time in four years, Americans have voted for major change in Washington. Last night was a resounding victory for the GOP as they took control of the House of Representatives with historic gains, significantly improved their position in the Senate falling just short of the majority and regained the majority of governorships. In 2008, President Obama's resounding victory had many experts predicting a sustained period of Democratic dominance, but only two years later the public has voted for change. More
McKeon seeks House Armed Services leadership post
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Rep. Howard McKeon wasted no time announcing his intention to seek the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee in the next Congress. McKeon, who became ranking member of the committee last year, said in a statement that he would focus on winning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and providing troops deployed there with the equipment, support, and the time they need to complete their missions. But he also emphasized the need to invest in technologies and force structure to hedge against future threats. More
GOP-controlled House will give some bills new life
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What a difference an election day makes. Republican legislation affecting federal employees that went nowhere in an 111th Congress controlled by Democrats will now see the sun in the 112th, with the GOP in control of the House. Bills that would freeze or cut federal pay, fire federal workers who are delinquent taxpayers and limit or reduce the federal workforce soon will get a friendlier hearing. More
New JFCOM leader pledges 'transparent' closure process
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The new leader of the U.S. Joint Forces Command officially took up his duties recently, but in reality he had already embarked on his primary assignment working himself out of a job. If Defense Secretary Robert Gates has his way, Army Gen. Raymond Odierno will be the last commanding officer of the Norfolk-based command, which Gates has targeted for extinction in a cost-cutting move. More
House Oversight committee set for major re-emergence
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For the past two years, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has receded into the background of American politics, garnering no national headlines for hosting the types of blockbuster hearings the panel became known for during the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations. The committee's diminished visibility is far from surprising it's a condition common when the panel is chaired by a member from the president's party. But that all could change. More
In 2010 campaign, war is rarely mentioned
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The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have dominated American foreign policy for the past nine years, but debate about them is all but absent from this year's midterm election campaigns. More
Mullen: Vets' problems 'the first drops of a rainstorm'
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The problems veterans are having right now adjusting to civilian life constitute just a sample of things to come, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned. Speaking at an awards ceremony held by the Business Executives for National Security in New York, Mullen ticked off a list of challenges facing veterans, including homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. More
Cargill Turkey brands provide 1.75 million meals to Feeding America
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As millions of Americans struggle to make financial ends meet in these challenging economic times, Feeding America and Cargill’s Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms turkey brands are teaming up for the second consecutive year to help provide 1.75 million meals to Americans faced with hunger. Cargill's $250,000 donation, an increase of 6 percent over 2009, will help fund the effort. "We are feeding more Americans than ever before, and we are in continuous need of food and funds to feed the 37 million people who rely on us for food each year," said Vicki Escsarra, president and CEO of Chicago-based Feeding America. More
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Before the sun comes up over Brooklyn, N.Y., chefs in three kosher kitchens begin their day's work at upscale Pomegranate supermarket. While they prepare dozens of private-label delicacies under the supervision of rabbis in separate kitchens reserved for dairy, meat and pareve foods those prepared without meat, milk or their derivatives parts of the store's perimeter are cleared of fare prepared fresh the previous day. Pomegranate's system of replenishment isn't dictated by kosher law, rather it falls under the independent's corporate slogan: "Everything better." More
Wegman's introduces private label blood glucose monitoring
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Just in time for Diabetes Awareness month Rochester, N.Y. based grocer Wegmans announced the introduction of a Private Brand blood glucose monitoring system a basic tool in self-care for people with diabetes. Wegmans' TRUEresult system and TRUE2go small enough to fit a purse, pocket or gym bag can help those with diabetes and pre-diabetes track blood glucose levels more easily and at a lower cost than with other comparable systems on the market today. More
Market Street to help shoppers throw parties
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For the upcoming holiday party season, United Supermarkets' Market Street stores will help its shoppers learn the latest tips and tricks for hosting holiday, cocktail, and corporate functions with its "Entertaining Made Easy Expo." "At Market Street, we understand how much our guests enjoy hosting memorable gatherings for friends and family, and we love to be a part of any celebration," said Wes Jackson, chief merchandising officer for United Supermarkets, LLC. More
BPA common in groceries, study finds
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Nearly two-thirds of food samples that researchers bought at Dallas-area grocery stores contained the chemical bisphenol A, which is widely used in food packaging and has been linked to endocrine problems and other disorders, a recent study found. Food samples contained BPA at levels far below those that U.S. and European agencies say could pose health disorders. However, the study's lead author said evidence shows that the amount regulators now consider safe might actually pose a risk and that more efforts are needed to remove harmful chemicals from the food supply. More
The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 a.m., November 4, 2010:
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Santa has a new ride
Traditionally, Santa Claus flies around in his sleigh pulled by his eight trusty reindeer. Santa decided to upgrade his out-of-date sleigh and needs help naming it. He decided to let the best customers in the world help him with this monumental task.
Col. Virgil Williams, Chief of Staff at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, said, "To help Santa we came up with the 'Name the Sleigh' contest." In keeping in the spirit of the holidays, the Exchange will be giving away a trip to Hollywood and various other prizes valued at $6,000 in the contest. "We placed the contest rules in our holiday Toybook which can be found at your local exchange," he said.
The Exchange recently released the Toybook with 64 pages of toys for children to choose from. The catalog features top-selling toys, games, video-gaming consoles, sporting goods and more for kids of all ages, just in time for the holidays. The Toybook also contains more than $600 in coupons, redeemable at any local Exchange.
Williams spoke with Santa and wanted to relay this message, "Santa encourages the good boys and girls of the world to fill out the 'Wishlist' that is in the front of catalog so he will know exactly what they want."
Consumers to skimp on holiday food, beverages
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Concerns about the economy are affecting how, where and when shoppers make their gift and holiday-celebration related food and beverage purchases. New research shows 59 percent of consumers plan to spend less than $500 on holiday gifts this year, and 28 percent plan to purchase fewer gifts. The SymphonyIRI report, "Holiday Shopping 2010," goes on to explain that 25 percent of consumers will trim back spending on holiday celebration-related food and beverages. These findings point to a new holiday season that will continue to see practical and frugal shopper habits. More
Columbia gas station holds on to older way
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Tom Borcharding pulled his car up to Linnemann Oil Co. in Columbia recently and did something unusual: He didn't get out of his car. Then Gene Linnemann came up to Borcharding's car, pumped the gas, checked the oil and washed the windows. By doing so, Linnemann demonstrated the stubbornness he and his mother have used in holding on to the full-service treatment at their Zephyr service station in Columbia, Ill. More
Kroger, Shell team on loyalty program in Toledo area
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Kroger Co. has expanded its customer loyalty reward program in the Toledo, Ohio market, allowing shoppers to redeem their points at local Shell gas stations. Marketing experts say the move could help deepen customer ties in the area with the Cincinnati-based grocery chain. "Kroger customers now have essentially more than double the number of locations where they can redeem their fuel rewards," company spokesman Amy McCormick said. More
San Francisco passes ordinance on kids' meals, addressing child health issues
Recently, San Francisco became the first U.S. city to vote in favor of an ordinance that will limit toy giveaways in children's meals that are excessively high in fat, sodium and calories. With the 1979 introduction of the McDonald's Happy Meal, fast food chains have used toy giveaways as the primary vehicle to sell more than a billion kids' meals to children 12 and under. The ordinance's sponsor, Eric Mar, called the regulation a "victory for our children's health," citing "disturbingly high" rates of obesity. More
New jobs multiplying in restaurant industry
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While it remains incredibly tough to find a job in almost any field, the restaurant business has been adding workers at a considerable clip. In September, restaurants and bars in the U.S. added 34,000 jobs. In that same month, the entire private sector added just 64,000 jobs. "The economy has recovered a little bit and people want to eat out," said Jack Russo, senior consumer analyst for Edward Jones Investments. That has spurred hiring and prompted enthusiasm on Wall Street, where investors are hungry for any morsel of good news. More
'Pump you up'
Army & Air Force Exchange Service is doing its part to help service members and their families stay in shape. Operation Be Fit is part of the Exchange's total health initiative focused on improving the health of mind, body, and soul of every member of the military family.
Healthy nutrition options, fitness programs, family activities and overall wellness information are just a few of the tips provided on www.opbefit.com. The site is easy to use, and provides health information for all levels, from novice to expert.
"The Exchange's commitment to this issue goes beyond the Under Armour, supplements and running shoes found in our stores," said the Exchange's Senior Enlisted Advisor Jeffery Helm. "Providing fitness tips and nutritional information is just one of the many ways we strive to meet the needs of our patrons."
Along with a variety of upcoming health information, Operation Be Fit features events that promote a healthy lifestyle. The Great American Smoke Out being held Nov. 18 is one example, as the Exchange partners with UCanQuit2.org to promote smoking cessation. The GASO is an event aimed at aiding participants who pledge to go smoke free for a day in the road to a smoke-free life.
For more information regarding Operation be Fit, please visit the website at www.opbefit.com.