Progressive Grocer

JUN 2016

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30 SOLUTIONS JUNE 2016 hopes to expand to the prepared food department afer the nutrition analysis is complete on all prepared foods, Montgomery says. Te chain hired an outside frm to evaluate the nutrition labels of all packaged foods to de- termine if they qualify for any of 14 designations. Tose that qualify have colored tags next to them on shelves. For example, brown tags say "good source of protein," orange tags say "good source of potassium," red tags say "heart healthy" and green tags say "low sodium." Te plan is to re-evaluate each of the called-out products every six months to make sure they still qualify. Kroger: Getting clinical about healthy eating Te Kroger Co. has forged an even stronger link between good health and healthy food products by providing on-site counsel from dietitians for consumers who visit the company's instore clinics. Dietitians are on hand to help bridge the gap between a customer's specifc clinical conditions and the most appropriate corresponding food choices, says Cristina Rebellon, retail dietitian coordinator for Te Little Clinic, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger that operates in several Kroger markets, including King Soopers stores in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas. Te Kroger dietitians also frequently lead individual and group health condition-focused store tours that em- phasize, for instance, gluten-free, heart health, diabetes awareness, lower-sodium and fruits and vegetables. In the past, they have worked with the stores' grocerant chefs on healthful parameters for prepared foods to reduce salt, saturated fat, total fat, calories, cholesterol, trans fats and added sugar. Te dishes were marketed as "heart healthy," with a logo adhered to the front of the food case and all qualifying dishes served with bright green spoons. "We hope to start doing this again in the near future," Rebellon says. G Supermarkets want to "address . . . larger dietetic concerns people have." — Bart Goldberg, Welldone Restaurant Concepts Inc. Kroger's Cristina Rebellon, R.D.: Dietitians provide counsel at the stores' on-site clinics.

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