Supervalu's key asset: Save-A-Lot

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2012 - 6:02 PM

The deep-discount chain is a central element as the grocery giant weighs strategic options.

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bradtheissenlaAug. 19, 12 2:59 AM

How about changing the marketing approach from low prices to customer's health and well being? A significant percentage of the population is allergic to gluten, from wheat to less common grains. Another significant percentage is lactose intolerant. Go to any grocery store, and the shelves are dominated by gluten and lactose products. Gluten and lactose intolerances cause lower track distress, and mood swings, as the body attempts to deal with a foreign substance it cannot digest. For some, eating wheat or other grains they cannot digest, is akin to drinking alcohol, and suffering from mood swings as the undigested substances' become chemicals that affect the brain and other organs. From junk food snacks to cereals. Oils. Many people are allergic or intolerant to some cooking oils used in preparation of packaged foods like snacks. How about some research into how these chemicals affect consumer's health, from short-term ailments like lower track distress, to long-term fat? Sugar. How many shelves are over stocked with products with too much added sugar? Sugar is not a preservative. Sugar leads to long-term health risks from diabetes. Salt. Salt is a preservative, but how many products are over-saturated with salt? Salt is a contributing factor to high blood pressure, and other organic problems. Soda pop. A whole aisle filled with useless bottles of chemicals, that provide no nutrition, but with chemicals that the body converts to fat. Out of control children get fired up with adult doses of caffeine and sugar from soda pop, then parents and grand parents wonder why junior of out of control. Red meat. Too much, can have bladder and prostate health issues. Pork. People have gall bladder problems with pork. Meals to go. Most grocery store delis have a small selection of mostly fried foods. How about roasts? Our ancestors didn't deep fry foods at home or on the farm. Not that we need over-priced designer natural food stores, but how about the familiar stores clean house and sell healthy products? You want to know why a growing percentage of the population is not buying foods in stores? Perhaps it is because the food is making them sick, short-term or long-term, and they know it.

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munsterlandrAug. 19, 12 8:21 AM

Never been a fan of stores with the word "value" in their name. Every time you find cheap shoddy goods and unhealthy watered down food.

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mrblueskyAug. 19, 12 8:51 AM

I would also like to see a store like Brad is saying, but affordable. It is expensive to eat healthy and it shouldnt be!

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mglovettAug. 19, 12 8:56 AM

Couldn't find the word ALDI in the entire article.

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