Albertsons / Safeway

  1. CPG: Food
We’ve posted a lot of commentary and emails against the Kroger-Albertsons deal, so it is important to point out that not everybody feels that way, as one MNB reader wrote: Throughout the saga of the Kroger-Albertsons deal I’ve definitely felt I carry the minority opinion.  I work for a large CPG and engage with Kroger’s […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
I got several reactions to yesterday’s breaking news about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing suit to block Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. MNB fave Glen Terbeek wrote: So much mass marketing mentality.  We are past the 1960’s.   What about maximizing market performance of each local store and its shoppers through creating […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken legal action to halt the proposed $25 billion merger between Kroger and Albertsons, labeling it as potentially harmful to consumers. This merger, slated to be the largest in US supermarket history, aims to combine two of the nation’s top retailers, with brands like Safeway, Vons, Harris Teeter, and […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit to block Kroger’s proposed $25 billion merger with Albertsons Cos., contending that consumers will see higher prices and workers will see lower wages if the deal goes through. “This supermarket mega merger comes as American consumers have seen the cost of groceries rise steadily over […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — The National Grocers Association (NGA), which represents independent food retailers and wholesales, issued a statement supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to challenge the merger of Kroger Co. and Albertsons’ Cos. “Every day, America’s local independent supermarkets face economic challenges due to the influence of massive power buyer chains who use their leverage […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
MNB reader Rich Heiland had a thought about out continuing conversation about CVS’s shortcomings: I consider drug stores a commodity. None of them do anything to distinguish themselves from one another in any significant way. I live in a downtown area. There is a Rite-Aid a block or so away. I go there. If there […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Bloomberg reports that “the US Federal Trade Commission and a group of states are poised to sue as soon as next week to block the tie-up between supermarket giants Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos., according to people familiar with the plans. “The suit is expected before Feb. 28, when an agreement not to close the […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — Brandon Brown, senior vice president of Own Brands at Albertsons Companies, has been announced as the keynote speaker at the PLMA 2024 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference, which is being held March 20-22 in San Antonio. The event at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk will focus on trends and issues and […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Colorado Public Radio reports that “a union representing workers at local grocery stores filed unfair labor practice charges against grocery store chains Kroger and Albertsons on Thursday because of an alleged illegal ‘no poaching’ agreement between the two chains. “The complaint was filed by UFCW Local 7 with the National Labor Relations Board. It came […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has agreed to buy TV maker Vizio, the companies announced Tuesday, as the largest U.S. retailer grows its high-profit ad business, reports CNBC. Walmart will acquire Vizio for $2.3 billion, or $11.50 per share, in cash. The big-box retailer announced the acquisition as it reported its fourth-quarter earnings. Walmart and its Sam’s Club warehouse […]
  1. Channel: Mass
In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, the top story was Colorado sues to block Kroger, Albertsons merger. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced that the state is suing to block the $24.6 billion Kro  
  1. Channel: Grocery
The lawsuit brought by Colorado’s attorney general claims that the wholesaler and retailer doesn’t have the experience to run hundreds of stores and several more private brands.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Colorado Attorney Journal Phil Weiser yesterday filed a lawsuit designed to block Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons, saying the the deal would be anticompetitive. Axios reports that “Weiser has been leading a multi-state investigation since December 2022 and is the second state to sue following Washington … The announcement said the deal not […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Citing its actions following previous corporate mergers, Kroger said it plans to lower prices when its planned merger with Albertsons is finalized. The supermarket giant will invest $500 million to lower prices on “day one” following the transaction’s close, and also plans to invest $1.3 billion to improve Albertsons’ brick-and-mortar stores. The Kroger-Albertsons merger was […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger this morning issued a press release that continues to make the argument – the same argument that it has made since first proposing the $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons – that it will lower prices once the deal is complete, and that it has a 20-year track record of lowering prices after it makes […]
  1. CPG: Food
From USA Today: A nationwide recall of products containing cheese with a risk for listeria contamination continues to grow larger with salad kits and taco kits sold at stores including Albertsons, Costco, Walmart, and WinCo being removed from shelves. “Rizo-López Foods of Modesto, California, on Feb. 5 recalled dozens of dairy products including Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese, because […]
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