St. Petersburg, FL-based Catalina Marketing Corp. said that Tribune Co. has
made an unspecified investment in and alliance with its online subsidiary,
coupon distributor SuperMarkets Online Inc.
Tribune is the media company with holdings in TV and radio broadcasting,
newspaper publishing, and interactive ventures.
“We look for Internet companies that push the traditional media envelope,”
said Andy Oleszczuk, president of Tribune Ventures. “With SuperMarkets
Online, we see a company that represents the future of consumer packaged
goods promotion and that will help our traditional media properties better
serve the needs of some of our most important advertisers.”
Tribune was an early investor in America Online, Excite and Digital City.
Tribune said it used its mass media reach to help expand these businesses and
plans to do much the same for SuperMarkets Online. Additionally, Tribune will
use SuperMarkets Online coupons to help build traffic to–and advertiser
interest in — Tribune Web sites that are affiliated with its traditional
“This alliance is an affirmation of our strong position in the online
promotional space,” said David Rochon, president and CEO of SuperMarkets
Online Inc. “The idea of pairing the targeted capabilities of our online
promotions with the enormous reach of media like television, print and radio
is exciting for us, as well as for our retail partners and our consumer
packaged goods clients.”
SuperMarkets Online provides secure online coupons through its ValuPage
service at www.valupage.com. The ValuPage service
makes use of a bar code that when presented at the checkout lane of more than
9,000 participating supermarkets along with the promoted items issues Web
Bucks, cash rewards that consumers use to save on their next visit to the
store. Each week, consumers can save more than $40 on product offers from
more than 45 packaged goods manufacturers.
Catalina Marketing provides a network of marketing programs to more than 150
consumer goods companies reaching more than 156 million U.S. shoppers every
week in more than 11,800 installed supermarkets.