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Published April 24, 2010, 12:00 AM

Trade Talk: Stores launch nutrition tagging

Hornbacher’s grocery stores have launched “nutrition iQ,” a trademarked nutrition information program for consumers.

Hornbacher’s grocery stores have launched “nutrition iQ,” a trademarked nutrition information program for consumers.

The program uses color-coded shelf tags to help consumers identify healthier food choices.

The nutrition program is available at the six Hornbacher’s stores in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo.

“With more than 60,000 items on our grocery store shelves, it can take considerable time to read and compare nutrition labels,” said Matt Leiseth, Hornbacher’s president. “The nutrition iQ program provides a convenient way for consumers to evaluate food choices on the spot as they shop.”

To learn more about nutrition iQ, go to www.hornbachers.com

Fargo’s Hector Airport sets monthly record

March proved to be the busiest month on record for Hector International Airport in Fargo, surpassing a record set in July 2009.

Passenger boardings in March totaled 36,075, an increase of 24.5 percent over the 28,978 boardings in March 2009.

Total passenger count, boardings and deplanements was 73,384, up 22.1 percent over the 60,107 passenger count during the same period last year.

Titan Machinery buys Iowa implement dealer

Fargo-based Titan Machinery has entered into a purchase agreement to buy Hubbard Implement Inc., a Case-IH dealership in Iowa Falls, Iowa.

The dealership near Titan’s existing locations in Grundy Center and Waverly, Iowa.

Hubbard Implement posted $7.9 million in revenues in its most recently reported fiscal year.

“Our new location in Iowa Falls will be an excellent addition to our network,” said David Meyer, Titan chairman and CEO.

The acquisition is expected to close on or around June 1.

Titan is a dealer for Case IH and New Holland agriculture and construction products. It has 73 dealerships in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming, including three outlet stores.

Billiard instructional facility open in Fargo

A billiard instructional facility has opened within Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, 3234 43rd Street S.

The Fargo Billiard Academy opened April 10. The 500-square-foot facility includes a conference table, audiovisual equipment for PowerPoint presentations, video-analysis equipment and a pool table.

The academy offers two signature courses: Foundations Level 1 and Foundations Level 2. Each has a group of up to eight students with two instructors. The courses consist of eight hours of instruction offered in four two-hour sessions.

Foundations Level 1 is for beginners. Students are introduced to the equipment, etiquette, fundamentals of the stroke, and principles of pool. Foundations Level 2 is designed for players with league or tournament experience.

Two-hour advanced clinics will periodically be offered.

The per-student cost is $100 for the courses and $30 for the clinics. Call (701) 282-4168 for schedules.

Readers can reach Business Editor Craig McEwen at (701) 241-5502 and business reporter Tracy Frank at (701) 241-5526