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Navy Secretary Mabus pushes Pentagon to feed soldiers more Gulf seafood
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The Raw Story, Eric W. Dolan
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus wants the Pentagon to buy as much Gulf seafood as possible to help the region's seafood industry recover from the damage of BP's oil spill. Secretary Mabus reportedly told the Defense Commissary Agency, which operates a worldwide chain of 284 commissaries to provide groceries to military personnel, "that we should be buying Gulf Coast seafood."

The deficit debate rages on:

Commission sets stage for 2011 budget debate
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Nationla Journal via Government Executive, Humberto Sanchez and Jim Tankersley
The stage is set for next year's budget-resolution debate, as the leadership of President Obama's deficit commission expects that many of the panel's recommendations will make it into the House's spending blueprint. Even though the 18 member commission's plan failed to win the 14 votes needed for approval and the panel adjourned without a formal vote, the commission was able to trumpet that 11 members agreed to ratify the sweeping combination of tax rate restructuring and social safety net cuts.

Deficit panel's plan gets some bipartisan backing
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The Los Angeles Times, Peter Nicholas and Michael A. Memoli
President Obama's deficit reduction commission fell a few votes shy of the number needed to send its proposal to Capitol Hill for action, but still received enough bipartisan support to raise hopes that political leaders are girding to tackle the nation's gargantuan debt.The commission's final report, with the cinematic title, "The Moment of Truth," won the backing of 11 out of 18 members; three short of the super majority required under the executive order that Obama signed in February when he created the panel.

Sources: US debt panel still targeting arms
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Defense News, John T. Bennett
The U.S. presidential debt reduction commission is finalizing a detailed list of big ticket Pentagon weapon programs in its budgetary cross hairs, sources say. The list will not be included in the final report to be voted upon Dec. 3, but forms an appendix, the sources say.

Pentagon has '50-50' chance to avoid deep cuts, Cartwright says
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Bloomberg News, Tony Capaccio
The U.S. defense budget has at least even odds of meeting Defense Secretary Robert Gates's goal of 1 percent spending growth after inflation, the Pentagon's No. 2 uniformed officer said. "We've got better than a 50-50" chance of avoiding deeper cuts as Congress searches for ways to reduce the deficit, General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said after speaking recently to a defense investment conference.

The $100 billion question: What will happen to Hampton Roads?
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Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Bill Bartel
As a new Congress comes to power in January with a mandate to make steep cuts in federal spending, should Hampton Road s' military dependent economy brace for major hits? Not necessarily, say members of Virginia's congressional delegation and some experts.

Overhaul of health-care will not be easy:

Military retirees resist push to cut health costs
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The Wall Street Journal, Nathan Hodge
At issue are possible changes to the military healthcare system, known as Tricare. As part of a raft of debt reduction measures, President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission recommended a review of Tricare, part of an effort to reduce top to bottom federal spending. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also wants to overhaul the military health system.

New players at the top:

Texan expresses confidence he'll win Armed Services contest
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National Journal via Government Executive, Chris Strohm
The prospect of Silvestre Reyes getting the lead role on military committee has created a complicated race for the ranking member position on Intelligence, the panel he currently chairs.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

House looks to pass full fiscal year CR
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With a dwindling calendar in the lame-duck session to finish legislative business, House Democrats are expected to get the ball rolling next week by trying to pass a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, Democratic and Republican congressional sources said. If approved by the House, the package would go to the Senate, where Democrats would seek to attach an omnibus spending measure being drafted by Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, the sources said. More

Deficit commission finds a few more cuts to make
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President Obama's deficit reduction commission will propose saving $1 billion by eliminating overlap in Homeland Security Department grant programs and $100 million by cutting the budget for obsolete international broadcast operations by 10 percent. These are the only two additions to a list of more than $200 billion in proposed cuts the commission is fine tuning, according to a revised draft of an "illustrative savings" list the commission is expected to release soon as an appendix to its report. More

House Democrats pass key budget bill
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House Democrats muscled through legislation Wednesday night that would freeze the budgets of most cabinet departments and fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq for another year. The bill would cap the agencies' annual operating budgets at the $1.2 trillion approved for the recently finished budget year, a $46 billion cut of more than 3 percent from President Obama's request. It includes $159 billion to cover the wars. More

House passes pay freeze for federal workers
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The House approved legislation recently that freezes base pay for federal employees at current levels for two years. President Obama called for the freeze last week as part of an effort to control the national deficit, angering federal employee organizations and upsetting local members of Congress. "The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require broad sacrifice," he said. "And that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government." More

South Korean outlines muscular military posture
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The four-star general chosen as South Korea's new defense minister said recently that the South would use airstrikes against North Korea if it carried out further attacks. His comments provided the first details of a new military posture announced by President Lee Myungbak last week. Mr. Lee's government has come under fierce criticism for what is widely seen here as a feeble response to the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island last month. More

Largest ever SDF US drill set in motion
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The Self Defense Forces and U.S. military began their largest ever joint field exercises recently; and with the South Korean military taking part for the first time as an observer; amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Dubbed Keen Sword, the 10th drills of their kind since 1986 will run for eight days at bases across Japan as well as in the air and at sea. More

Defense suppliers fear cuts
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Hopes are dimming in the U.S. defense industry that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates might be able to stave off serious cuts in U.S. weapons buying programs. Earlier this year, Mr. Gates launched a drive to identify wasteful or duplicative spending at the Pentagon, aiming to realize savings of $100 billion over the next five years. Mr. Gates' plan was to plow those savings back into weapons modernization projects, ensuring that American troops overseas would be fully equipped even as military spending flattened out. But with President Barack Obama's deficit commission recommending cuts in defense spending and an incoming Congress bent on budget cutting, many defense contractors doubt the Pentagon will actually get to keep any money it saves. More

Commissary News

Chips ahoy
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The salty snack aisle certainly isn't the first place people visit when trying to eat healthier. But thanks to new organic, gluten free, reduced sodium and lower fat options, chips can easily fit into most diet plans. Salty snacks generated $8.5 billion in food stores for the 52 weeks ending Oct. 31, a 2.3 percent rise from the same period in 2009, according to SymphonyIRI Group. More

Winn-Dixie chose MyWebGrocer to connect with its customers through online and mobile media channels
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MyWebGrocer was recently selected by Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. to assist the Jacksonville, Fla. based supermarket in the deployment of its digital marketing programs. As part of this plan, Winn-Dixie has contracted with MyWebGrocer to deliver an integrated solution that includes a web-based interactive circular, store locator, online shopping list, and online advertising and revenue sharing platform. With the addition of Winn-Dixie, MyWebGrocer now reaches more than 10,100 stores nationwide. More

New coupon technology takes effect January 1
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The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Joint Industry Coupon Committee recently said that implementation of the new GS1 Databar for coupons is on schedule and that UPC-A barcodes may be removed from coupons beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The GS1 Databar was adopted by the industry to replace the UPC-A code in 2007. Upon implementation, manufacturers will have the opportunity to develop more robust coupon offers, including coupon values in any amount up to $999.99. Retailers will experience automatic expiration date checking, a reduced need for bypass codes, reduced cashier intervention, improved scan rates and increased speed of checkout. More

Grocery price check: Switch to store brand helps shoppers save 33 percent
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A new study of supermarket prices by PLMA reveals shoppers on average could save almost a third off their grocery bill by filling their seasonal market baskets with the retailer's brand rather than with pricier national brands. That's something worth celebrating for those with more festive things to spend their hard-earned money on. The research, conducted by the Private Label Manufacturers Association, tracked the pricing for 40 typical grocery items at a conventional supermarket. Included in the survey were cold-weather pantry staples like stuffing, cranberry sauce, soup, oatmeal, pancake mix, maple syrup and hot chocolate, as well as wintertime personal necessities such as lip balm, body lotion, cough drops, sinus spray, tissue and nighttime cold medicine. More

Independent grocers face voracious marketplace
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The recent closings of three locally owned grocery stores reflect a traditional grocery sector struggling to compete with big-box stores and the growing number of pharmacies, convenience stores and other shops that have added more food to their lineups. Lansing, Mich. based L&L Food Centers in November closed two Lansing locations as well as the Mor For Less discount grocery in DeWitt Township. L&L closed another one of its namesake stores in DeWitt Township in April. Meanwhile, bigger players have beefed up their food lines or cut prices as they vie for Lansing-area shoppers. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 a.m., December 9, 2010:

  • DP #2, Update #1 and CONUS Promotion and Shipper Quantities.
  • DP #5, Worldwide Promotion Package.

  • 11-14, Store Reset Dates — Eglin AFB.
  • 11-21, Chilled Meat — Dinner Sausage Category Review.

  • Adds/Changes/Deletes, Week 10-49.
  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.

Exchange News

Save the date
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The All Exchange Roundtable will be held in Dallas, Texas March 28 — 30 held at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas. The steering committee is working on what promises to be an exciting agenda.

Dollar General market growth could resume
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Dollar General said it would expand its new store rollout in fiscal 2011, opening 625 new stores and executing 550 remodels. In addition, the chain could resume growing its Dollar General Market format, which has shown some promise after some stores were remodeled, company officials said recently. The 57-store Dollar General Market concept had been on hold since new owners took over the company in 2008, but Richard Dreiling, chief executive officer, in a conference call said new category management processes and subsequent redesigns at three stores this year produced promising results. More

Opportunity comes calling: The retail outlook for 2011
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Knock Knock! Who's there? Opportunity. You can't fool me. Everyone knows opportunity only knocks once. The joke may be corny, but it nevertheless rings true. Opportunities to engage shoppers in your stores, to gain greater insight into what makes them tick and to connect with them in a way that inches ever closer to true one to one marketing beckon retailers in 2011. More

Frugality persists in the US economy
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The frugal habits adopted by U.S. consumers during the economic crisis of 2008-09 have continued, even deepened in some cases, and may be here to stay, according to the latest annual survey of 2,000 consumers by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. "Consumers continue to pay down debt and build up their savings," said Marcelo Tau, Booz & Co. principal. "There is little reason to believe that consumers will give up their frugal behaviors in the short term. Consumers remain cautious, especially following their disappointment with the slow pace of improvement over the past year." More

Top restaurant trends for 2011
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The National Restaurant Association says restaurants have been hurt by the economic downturn, but it predicts things are looking up. Food service research firm Technomic also reports the restaurant biz is regaining its health, citing increases in both sales and hiring. But it says the landscape has changed, forcing the industry to make changes. More

7-Eleven's Slurpee gets its own app
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7-Eleven Inc. announced that its popular Slurpee drink now has its own iPhone and Android App available through iTunes and Android marketplaces. "The Slurpee App for iPhone and Android is basically a 'thank you' to all of our loyal Slurpee fans, who are mobile and active," senior brand director for Slurpee Laura Gordon said in a company statement. "We want to provide fans a convenient way to find their favorite Slurpee drinks, no matter where they are, and easy access to cashing in their Slurpee Nation rewards points." More

Washington Update

FLOTUS helps open new Fisher Houses
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First Lady Michelle Obama participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of 3 new Fisher Houses at the National Navy Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The three house will accommodate more than 60 families of patients receiving care at nearby military medical centers. "Houses like this one allow them to leave behind their worries about costs and logistics and focus on what matters most, helping their loved ones heal," said Mrs. Obama. More

Danthan Military Distributors and World's Finest Chocolate make donation to Fisher House Foundation
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Danthan Military Distributors, a company that sells, markets and distributes to the U.S. Military resale system is pleased to announce that they will be participating in the opening ceremonies of three Fisher Houses at Bethesda Medical Center, located in Bethesda, Md. The ceremony will be attended by The First Lady, Michelle Obama who will serve as the key note speaker.

During the ceremony, Nathan Barbanel and Joyce Morris, president and Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Danthan Military Distributors respectively, will present a check of $20,480 to the Fisher House Foundation. The donation is the result of fundraising activity by World's Finest Chocolate, the manufacturer of World's Finest Chocolates and Queen Anne Chocolates.

This fundraising effort included the involvement of numerous individuals including, James Leahy, Director of Retail Operations for Veterans Canteen Services we well as Jim Donahoe, President of the board of Fisher House in St. Louis. In addition, this program would not have been possible without the involvement of Fisher House's Vice President, James Weiskopf, Larry Vandermuelen, Vice President of Sales of World's Finest Chocolates and Bob Ellis, Vice President of ALA.

Danthan Distributors is confidant that this will be the first of many donations to the Fisher House Foundation. "It is our mission to continue our fund raising actions on behalf of Fisher House," says Barbanel. "We want to make the civilian market aware of what Fisher House is and the support that they provide our service men and women as well as their families."

About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is known for the network of comfort homes on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Foundation provides housing and support to families of patients receiving care at the nearby medical center and has ensured that families of service men and women wounded or injured do not pay for their stay at a Fisher House.

2010 Army Navy game hospitality packages
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The Philadelphia Sports Congress is offering four special Hospitality Packages for the 111th Army Navy Game classic at Lincoln Financial Field on December 11th. Packages contain preferential stadium seating; a special 3-hour all you can eat & drink Pre-game Brunch; access to climate-controlled Red Zone Lounge before, during and after the game; and special pricing for Reserve parking passes. Packages start at $250 per person and rise to $350 for Club-level seats at midfield. Top-Priced Package purchasers will also get a special Pre-game Sideline Pass. After the game, Operation Liberty Welcomes will present a free Liberty Rocks Concert sponsored by AT&T, featuring country music star Steve Cochran, a former Marine and Wounded Warrior.

To secure Hospitality Package Tickets and get more information call 1-888-332-CLUB. Special Code: Military Marketing.

For hotel rooms in Phily on Friday or Saturday night, call 1-877-643-0047 or visit

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

Grunt Apparel specializes in original military inspired designs in silk screen & embroidery at low prices. Licensed by all military branches.
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Hubert Company

Stimulate Holiday sales and create a festive atmosphere with Bountiful Thanksgiving kits and fall prop and décor. More

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods is dedicated to bringing you quality, service, and support you need to drive sales. More


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