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In the Trenches: Seek more labor-friendly products
Working in a supermarket is an experience of a lifetime. No two days are alike and it’s never really boring. Late truck deliveries, parking lot carts, impatient customers, refrigeration breakdowns, product shortages, employees calling in sick and the boss is coming are just some of the built-in activities.Loose green beans and Brussels sprouts cause more labor... Read more
Stater Bros. Markets expands Instacart’s same-day delivery
Stater Bros. Markets has expanded Instacart’s same-day online grocery ordering and home delivery service in Southern California. Stater Bros. customers who use Instacart’s online service will enjoy the same everyday low prices and exceptional quality that customers find while shopping in Stater Bros. supermarket locations. “Partnering with the best, most beloved... Read more
Industry Viewpoint: Habits worth encouraging
The produce department has the highest penetration of all fresh departments. Nearly all consumers buy and consume produce as fruits and vegetables have a 99.7 percent household penetration to be exact, which equates to $63.2 billion in sales according to IRI.Rick Stein Thanks to our NAFTA trading partners, shoppers enjoy seasonal produce nearly year round, but... Read more
Organizational changes at Associated Wholesale Grocers
Associated Wholesale Grocers has announced that Scott Welman is executive vice president and chief development officer, and Stephanie Becker has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Welman is now focusing on all aspects of new store and business development as well as strategic growth opportunities for AWG. He joined... Read more
In the fall of 2017, Potandon and Baker & Murakami joined forces as part of a newly formed merger to begin marketing onions from a new state-of-the-art onion facility, and the year one results have been impressive. This strong alliance heads into year two with great momentum as the partnership continues to increase its presence in the Idaho/Oregon onion... Read more
California Walnuts, Avocados from Peru celebrate with Walmart
Avocados From Peru has invited California Walnuts to join it in participating in Walmart Wellness Day on July 21 by offering in-store demos in 1,900 locations. This is the first time ever that two nutrient-rich food brands have joined forces to offer in-store demos on Walmart Wellness Day. This event is one of the largest health fairs in the country and will... Read more
It’s more important than ever to Ontarians to have locally sourced options on the shelf at their local grocery store. According to a study by the Ontario government, almost 80 percent of primary shoppers incorporate locally grown food into at least one meal per week, which is why grocery retailer Metro Ontario Inc. launched its fourth Local Purchasing Policy. Alongside... Read more
Publix announces new officer roles
Publix President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Jones announced Marcy Benton has been named vice president of human resources and John Provenzano has been named vice president of public affairs. In Benton’s new role, she will be responsible for all human resources functions. She began her Publix career in 1992 as an accounting clerk. In 1995, she joined human... Read more
Kroger hosts third Natural Foods Innovation Summit
The Kroger Co. hosted its third Natural Foods Innovation Summit in partnership with 84.51°, in Cincinnati. Justin Gold, an accomplished, innovative entrepreneur and founder of Justin's, a natural and organic nut butters brand, spoke at the summit. "Kroger's natural and organic category achieved $16.7 billion in sales last year, including $2 billion in Simple... Read more
Produce sets its sights on gourmet  at Fancy Foods Show
It may not have had the proliferation of olive oils, cheeses, smoked meats or chocolates, but produce had a healthy presentation at the Specialty Food Association’s 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show. Held June 30 to July 1 at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York, the 365,000-square-foot show attracted some 34,000 gourmet food buyers who visited more than... Read more
New Fresh Summit experience to feature big voices, big topics
When the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo gets under way in Orlando, FL, on Oct. 18-20, attendees will enjoy a new experience at the global produce and floral industry’s largest gathering in the Americas — including Forums for the Future with big voices speaking on big topics that will bring attendees together for engaging, inspiring... Read more
Walmart partners with Microsoft for digital innovation in retail
Walmart has established a strategic partnership with Microsoft to further accelerate its digital transformation in retail, empower its associates worldwide and make shopping faster and easier for millions of customers around the world. Last month reports surfaced that Walmart was interested in a potential collaboration with the software giant as it was developing... Read more
Stemilt’s softball-sized organic peaches and nectarines back in play
Softball-sized peaches and nectarines are back in season thanks to Stemilt’s Artisan Organics peaches and nectarines harvest starting last week. To achieve heighten volumes and skyrocketing sales during the hot summer months, Stemilt Growers’ Artisan Organics peaches and nectarines are the category booster retailers need. “This season’s organic peaches and nectarines... Read more
Kroger exec's retirement reshapes leadership
The Kroger Co. announced the retirement of Atlanta Division President Bruce Lucia and the promotion of Tim Brown, currently Cincinnati/Dayton division president, to succeed him. Additionally, Michigan division President Scott Hays has been promoted to president of the Cincinnati/Dayton division. Lucia will retire from the company after 44 years of service, effective... Read more
It’s no secret that organic produce sales have enjoyed significant growth at retail over the past decade, but now they are even doing better among the growing number of people who buy fresh produce online. A trio of experts operating in the online space discussed the sales of produce in their channels during an educational session on July 11 held in conjunction... Read more
Earning 1-up with OptUP: Kroger app gamifies nutrition, grocery shopping
The Kroger Co. has introduced OptUP, an innovative data-driven app that helps customers make more informed, healthier purchase decisions. "Kroger's new OptUP app is transformational for the food retail industry," said Colleen Lindholz, Kroger's president of pharmacy and The Little Clinic. "The app puts nutritional information at your fingertips and makes finding... Read more
ShopRite snacking campaign big on produce
Love to snack? You’re not alone. Recent consumer research says American consumers are snacking in record numbers. ShopRite's produce-heavy health- and wellness-focused campaign — Real. Smart. Snacks. — is focused on helping consumers make sure their snacks are both delicious and nutritious. “We launched this campaign in response to what our customers have been... Read more
California avocados work well with health and wellness programs
Nutrition and wellness are playing an important role in a variety of creative California avocado retail promotions this year. Working with supermarket dietitians, nutritionists and wellness advisors, the California Avocado Commission supplements some traditional marketing tactics, such as brand-specific ads, displays and demo promotions with customized health... Read more
Though the rapid growth of organic sales at retail has slowed down, the consumers driving these sales are a committed group and remain passionate about what they eat. That was one of the takeaways at an educational session during the recent Organic Produce Summit titled “Deep Dive – Organic Sales Analysis and Why Behind the Buy.” Presenters Melissa Abbott of... Read more
Retailers take center stage at OPS
Both literally and figuratively, retailers took center stage at the mid-July Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, CA. More than 300 retail buying organizations were among the 1,500 attendees. About 200 buyers took advantage of four different tours of Salinas Valley produce suppliers on Wednesday morning, July 11. And four different retailers were featured during... Read more