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Home   About   Membership   Meetings   Government Affairs   Members Only Dec. 31, 2010
Executive Briefing

President's Message

A New Year wish from your ALA Staff:
Each moment in a day has its own value. Morning brings HOPE, Afternoon brings FAITH, Evening brings LOVE, Night brings REST, Hope you will have all of them everyday. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wilson named chairman for 112th Congress
Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) recently released the following statement after being appointed Chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee by House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (CA-25) and Republican Leadership:

"I am honored to be named the next Chairman for this Subcommittee to enhance the quality of life for military personnel. Representing four military installations in South Carolina's Second Congressional District, I understand the need to maintain the most responsive and capable military in the world. As such, my goals will be to ensure affordable access to health care for members of the military, their families and veterans. I would like to sustain the quality of life and protect benefits for military families, and I am pleased to be working with such a talented group of leaders on the committee to achieve these goals," Wilson stated.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon welcomed Wilson to the post saying, "I am thrilled to have Joe serve as Chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee. Throughout his tenure in Congress, he has been committed to our brave men and women in uniform and their families. I look forward to working with him closely on military personnel issues in the 112th Congress," said House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (CA-25).

Bob McGinty to retire:
After 35 years with NEXCOM and six years with CGES as the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Robert McGinty has announced he is retiring from the federal government in April 2011 and will be leaving us with some big shoes to fill. We are losing a dedicated shipmate and valued friend of the military resale community.

Patrick B. Nixon
President, ALA

Washington Update

Commissary News

Eight strange new supermarket snack foods
Patch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Dill pickle Pringles? Bacon-flavored popcorn? Believe it or not, those aren't pregnancy cravings. According to the industry publication Supermarket News, some 15,000 new grocery items are launched every year. Just for fun, Susan Spillman, from Encino, Calif., and her daughter picked eight of the oddest-sounding ones and waged their own taste test. More

Walmart, other major retailers increase offering of locally grown food
Columbia Missourian    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The idea of local food is powerfully linked to farmers markets, and smaller growers tend to dominate and sell their produce at stands or out of the back of trucks. Customers and farmers know each other by name. The produce is uberfresh, just harvested. But the idyllic landscape of local food is shifting. Large grocery chains have increased efforts to tap into the localvore movement. While the two Columbia-based farmers markets remain vibrant, more local products have found their way into stores such as Hy-Vee and Schnucks. More

Hobart launches grocery resource center
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Commercial food equipment and service provider Hobart has launched its Grocery Resource Center (, which was developed in conjunction with Traulsen and Baxter and is designed to serve as an online destination for grocery merchandisers, department managers, and operators to learn about the latest industry trends. "Our extensive experience with grocery stores and our ongoing customer research provide us with insight into the key concerns and interests of grocers," said Jason Prondzinski, VP of national accounts at Hobart's parent company, Troy, Ohio-based ITW Food Equipment Group. More

FDA reveals extensive antibiotics
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. meat, poultry and dairy producers used almost 29 million pounds of antibiotics on domestic farm animals in 2009, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first summary report on the issue, released this month. The report marks a significant increase in antibiotic use since the beginning of the decade. In 2000, the Animal Health Institute, a trade group representing veterinary drug suppliers, estimated total domestic use at 17.8 million pounds. More

US food industry welcomes Senate passage of food safety bill    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Industry and consumer groups have welcomed the Senate passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act recently, after the bill had been stuck in legislative limbo for well over a year. CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Pamela Bailey called the bill's passage "an early Christmas present" for Americans and urged the House to quickly follow suit. More

Commissary Announcements

Commissary Web Posts

The following commissary items were posted to the ALA website as of 10 a.m., December 22, 2010:

  • DP #2, Update 2.
  • Canning, Item List Only.
  • Easter Ham, Item List Only as there will not be a cover letter published.
  • DP #6, Item List Only.

  • 11-25, Miscellaneous Snacks.

  • Guard & Reserve On-Site Sale Schedule updates.

The annual ALA/DeCA Appreciation Day Golf Event has been scheduled for Ft Lee, VA golf course for May 10, 2011. Watch for more information.
Signage Refresh Program Update from Michelle Frost:

"Attention Industry Partners: This past week DeCA's Executive Steering Committee (ESC) approved the MBU and other pertinent DeCA directorates to move forward with the new sign program. We will be working on the final template for the signs and anticipate this will be completed in early January 2011.

This is your 90 day notice to begin drawing down on your current sign card stock in preparation of the change over to the new templates.

Again, we still need to finalize the template design. Once this has been accomplished, we'll provide additional detailed guidance in the form of a formal Notice to the Trade. Thank you all for all you do and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Michelle Frost, Chief, Semi-Perishable Division, HQ, DeCA/PSM"

Exchange News

Smartphone app aims to bring online shopping convenience into the store
STORES    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine going shopping and never waiting in line to check out. This is the dream of consumers and retailers who can ill afford to have shoppers abandon their carts in frustration. The smartphone revolution and a unique mobile self-checkout app could take shopping and retailing further down the path to realizing this dream. More

Enjoying healthy ingredients in new ways
WH Refresh    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Caramelized olives stuffed with roasted almonds or brandied raisins? A tasty fig and olive spread laced with fragrant honey? Sun-dried cherry tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil? How does roasted cauliflower tapenade with a little drenching of tahini and spices sound? What do these disparate pairings have in common? Something Kim Greenfield, author of WH Refresh, calls "ingredient synergy." More

Bustling malls show they still have hold on consumers
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the better part of a decade, the buzz in retailing has been focused on online sellers, free-standing stores and street-level boutiques. But there's still nothing like the mall. As retailers look forward to what is shaping up to be their best holiday season since before the recession, the power of the shopping center is evident in the jammed parking lots, crowds of jostling shoppers and a sea of shopping bags. More

Video at the pump gets high marks from retailers
Convenience Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Standing at a fuel lane pumping gas is one of those activities probably on par with the excitement level of watching paint dry. That's one of the reasons video messaging installed on top of gas pumps is a hit with forward-thinking convenience/gas stores today. It's giving gas pumps more appeal. More

Fast food's sunny side
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No time for breakfast? The parade of beefed-up breakfast menus making their debut in 2011 might change your mind. Restaurants, particularly fast-food chains, are rolling out competitive breakfast menus designed to win the hearts and stomachs of the bleary-eyed morning set. More

Exchange Announcements

Chief Operating Officer: US Coast Guard Exchange System
Coast Guard Exchange System    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CGES operates 66 store fronts throughout the US with a sales volume of approximately $164M. The COO leads the USCG's military resale operations. Desired skill set includes expertise in the following areas: multiline retail store operations, E-commerce, marketing/social media, ERP, with solid understanding of primary support elements (IT, Finance, HR). Prior military service a plus. Requirements: 10 yrs senior management with a multi-store, multi-line retailer; BA/BS (MBA preferred). Competitive salary/compensation package. Position located in Chesapeake, Va.

Amplifying info at:

For immediate consideration please e-mail your resume to: and type COO in the subject line.
Equal Opportunity Employer.

Click here for more information on duties and requirements.


Washington Update

Wounded Warrior Regiment
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Injured Marines in need of assistance:
Call Center: 1-877-487-6299

Family matters blog: Families to receive more child care options
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A recurring challenge for military families, particularly those of the Guard and Reserve, is child care. They primarily live off base, many far from an active-duty installation, and are challenged to find the same high-quality, flexible care in their community that they would find on any base nationwide. More

Navy MWR contact
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Commander, Navy Installations Command
Millington Detachment
5720 Integrity Dr.
Millington, Tenn. 38055-6500

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.
Military4Life    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Military4Life is a website dedicated to our men and women in uniform and their proud families. We are here to bring you the latest military discounts, online bargains, and offers. Check out our wide assortment of military discounts and other online bargains that you cannot afford to miss. We update our list of vendors and their discounts often — so come back and visit us again! More

Grunt Apparel, Inc.

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

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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