ALA Executive Briefing
July 2, 2010

House looks to pass war funding by recess
The New York Times
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently stressed the importance of passing a war spending bill by the time lawmakers leave for an Independence Day recess, but questions remain about what exactly will be included in the legislation.More

Military costs under review in bid to trim waste
The New York Times
Industry officials said that Ashton B. Carter, the under secretary of defense for acquisition, had called a meeting with contractors and lobbyists to address ways to cut waste. In addition to trimming its own bureaucracy, the Pentagon is looking for savings in how it hands out hundreds of billions of dollars in contracts for weapons and services each year.More

US House ready to move on defense funding bill
Defense News
Congress won't make Defense Secretary Robert Gate's July 4 deadline for passing a war supplemental funding bill, but there is now a glimmer of hope that lawmakers might get the measure passed before August, when the military would begin to face severe cash-flow problems.More

Senate confirms Petraeus as Afghan war chief
The Wall Street Journal
Gen. David Petraeus, the Army officer credited with turning around the war in Iraq three years ago, was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to become the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan, where he has been tasked with doing the same thing for another conflict.More

China rewrites history of Korean War
London Daily Telegraph
China has used the 60th anniversary of the Korean War to finally admit the conflict was started by North Korea.More

Short, tense deliberation, then a general Is gone
The New York Times
Mr. Obama, aides say, consulted with advisers — some, like Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who warned of the dangers of replacing General McChrystal, others, like his political advisers, who thought he had to go. He reached out for advice to a soldier-statesman, Colin L. Powell. He identified a possible successor to lead the war in Afghanistan. Finally, the president ended General McChrystal's command in a meeting that lasted only 20 minutes. According to one aide, the general apologized, offered his resignation and did not lobby for his job.More

A separate peace
The Philadelphia Inquirer
As the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War is marked on Friday, the Korean Peninsula remains in limbo. To the south of the DMZ is a modern, democratic state, while to the north is a totalitarian regime that let as many as two million people die of famine in the 1990s rather than open itself to the world.More

Navy working to meet cost-cutting goals, admiral says
Congress Daily
Officials are looking for redundancies in organizations and programs, according to chief of operations.More

Store brands find favor with US customers
Media Post
National brands are losing their hold on consumer dollars, as private labels churn out higher-quality products and stores launch ad campaigns touting their brands. Almost all U.S. households buy one store brand regularly, according to SymphonyIRI Group, with households earning $100,000 becoming the biggest converts. More

Albertsons activates free solar panels on three stores
Supermarket News
Albertsons, a division of Supervalu here, and SunEdison recently announced the activation of rooftop solar power systems at three Albertsons grocery stores in Carlsbad, Oceanside and Alpine, Calif. The solar installations were constructed by REC Solar.More

ConAgra adds 3 new flavors to its Snack Pack line
Drug Store News
ConAgra Foods has announced that its Snack Pack pudding line now includes the three new flavors of blueberry muffin, cinnamon roll and sugar-free caramel.More

Kroger helps USO thank the armed forces
Retailing Today
Kroger announced that it is partnering with the USO to thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Through mid-August, customers and associates at participating locations of the Kroger family of stores will be able to show their appreciation and gratitude to service members by donating spare change in specially - marked coin boxes at check stands. More

Grocers helping Fla. seafood via ad partnership
Progressive Grocer
Publix, Kroger's Atlanta division and HEB's Central Market banner in Dallas - Fort Worth, Texas, have signed on to promote Florida seafood products this month and the next through an advertising partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.More

Kraft shuffles 10 power brands, adds 3 Cadbury products
Kraft Food's $18.4 billion acquisition of Cadbury has triggered a revamping of the marketing plan for its 10 "power" brands. Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates, Halls lozenges and Trident gum are now part of the premium marketing mix, while Philadelphia cream cheese, Carte Noire coffee and Toblerone chocolate did not make the list.More

Promotions for Castro -Wright, Simon at Walmart
Progressive Grocer
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. vice chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright has been appointed president and CEO of and Global Sourcing, and Bill Simon has been promoted to president and CEO of Walmart U.S.More

Grocery shopping grown up
Chain Store Age
Forty years ago there were no prepared food departments, and no in-store cafes. You'd never find a coffee shop inside a grocery store, and certainly no organic departments.That was then.More

Three-Quarters of online retailers are dialing up mobile strategies
Consumers' increasing appetite for mobile applications is driving online retailers to speed up their mobile marketing initiatives. According to a Forrester Research Inc. study produced in partnership with, the National Retail Federation's digital division, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of online retailers either already have or are developing a mobile strategy.More

ONE Bio signs supermarket chains expanding its organic vegetable business
Market Watch via Market Wire
ONE Bio, Corp., an innovative company utilizing green process manufacturing to produce raw chemicals and herbal extracts, natural and health supplements and organic products, announced that its subsidiary, United Green Technology, Inc. through its Chinese operating unit, signed two distribution agreements with supermarket chains for distributing its organic vegetable and fruits products.More

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N.Y. convenience stores withdraw backing of grocery store wine
The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has decided not to support the wine in grocery stores bill currently before the Assembly as the Wine Industry and Liquor Store Revitalization Act, the Albany Times-Union reports. Convenience stores initially applauded the budget inclusion of a change that would allow convenience and grocery stores to sell wine.More

New Seattle law will cook restaurant waste into compost
The Seattle Times
Cedar Grove's composting business might explode when Seattle begins its ban on all throwaway single-use service ware; all the takeout service ware — containers, plates and cups — sold in fast-food restaurants, must be compostable.More

Increasing popularity of sandwiches to drive US Fast Food Industry
The sandwiches segment of the U.S. fast food industry has been growing at a very healthy rate for the past few years despite the growing concerns such as rising health consciousness and increasing incidences of obesity problems in the US population.More

Face of defense: brothers manage fitness operations
Department of Defense
If you walk into one of the fitness buildings for the 380th Expeditionary Force Support Squadron at an air base here and yell, "Sergeant Ramos," you'll probably get more than one person answering.More

Operation Homefront receives $1M from Outback Steakhouse
Operation Homefront
Participating Outback Steakhouse restaurants around the country held a "Thanks for Giving" campaign in March, in which customers could demonstrate support for the nation's servicemembers by ordering from a special "Red, White and Bloomin'" menu. A portion of the proceeds from menu sales during the March initiative contributed to the $1 million commitment Outback Steakhouse made to Operation Homefront, officials said. More