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Melody Richard, SVP of Pantry for Walmart, works with her team to ensure that the retailer’s customers have what they need in the pantry to feed their families and friends. This includes a broad array of categories such as snacks, beverages, dry grocery, baking and breakfast meals, condiments, sauces and commercial breads.  In this fireside […]
  1. Corporate Finance
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The company behind Wilson tennis rackets and Arc’teryx winter sport apparel is focused on adding physical stores and growing its DTC presence. Published Jan. 5, 2024 An Arc’teryx store display in Chicago. Parent company Amer Sports this week filed a prospective initial public offering. Courtesy of Arc’teryx “]] 
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Last month our Harvest Group Kroger team hosted our annual Kroger Blueprint event in Cincinnati. We created our series of Blueprint events to remove the barrier between retailer strategy and our clients by hearing directly from retailer executives about the strategies for growth in the coming year and how they apply specifically to your business. […]
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  Food industry insights are an important way for restaurants, service delis, and convenience stores to focus on the consumer with a greater degree of relevance.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® insist that ‘outside eyes drive inside profits.  While Foodservice Solutions® team conducts it own proprietary grocerant niche research. It […]
  1. Department: Food
    [[“value”:” Consumers flocked to the frozen-food aisles during the peak of the pandemic, and some of that heightened demand appears to have staying power. Dollar sales of many frozen items have continued to show growth over the last three years, including frozen meals, desserts, and frozen fruits and vegetables. Although price inflation is […]
  1. Department: Food
    [[“value”:” The Giant Company announced today that it has named Rebecca Lupfer chief financial officer and Dave Lessard senior vice president of operations, customer experience, and perishable distribution. Both will report directly to The Giant Company’s president, John Ruane. Both appointments are effective Monday, Oct. 16.  In her new role, Lupfer will lead the finance, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
    [[“value”:” Baking quickly emerged as one of Americans’ favorite pastimes during the pandemic, and some supermarket operators are looking to keep the trend alive with online and in-store classes. Although home baking has clearly subsided from its 2020 peak, observers see a lingering interest in the activity, which they say is helping buoy […]
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​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. Target has added baby and toddler products to its Good & Gather private-label food brand, the retailer said Monday. The Good & Gather Baby and Good & Gather Toddler lines feature food items created especially for those age groups. The expanded assortment […]
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  Consumer spend more money for dinner than any other meal. So, just what does that mean for your retail food outlet?  Restaurants, Grocery stores, Convenience stores all want to increase share of stomach during the PM Daypart specifically dinner.  With inflation disrupting family budgets for food Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based […]
  1. Department: Food
ARLINGTON, Va. — Confronted with a tumultuous business environment, food retailers and their suppliers are investing in more proactive and innovative approaches to shield their businesses from the vagaries of the future. That is one of the major conclusions offered by The Food Retailing Industry Speaks 2023, the annual analysis published by FMI – The […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — Thirty-six percent of U.S. families have skipped meals due to financial reasons in the last year, according to the fourth wave of the dunnhumby Consumer Trends Tracker (CTT) study released on Wednesday. The quarterly study – now completing its first year – also found that 30% of Americans across all age groups reported […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Amazon announced last week that it will make its Amazon One palm recognition technology available to shoppers in every one of its US Whole Foods stores by the end of the year.  The tech links people’s palm prints to their credit cards. I commented: There will be folks who won’t want to use the Amazon […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We took note the other day of a Bloomberg story about how on Prime Day Amazon  was “dangling an ‘invite-only’ promotion designed to give customers a better shot at snagging the bargains they want.  Shoppers request an invite for discounted items they see on the site — 32% off an Acer Swift X laptop, for […]
  1. Department: Food
The Wall Street Journal reports that while the prices of fresh foods in the nation’s supermarkets have been coming down from inflation-fueled highs, center store prices for CPG brands continue to “stubbornly” rise. “The middle of the store stocks items that can sit on shelves without going bad quickly, from cereal to cookies, paper towels […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Late last month, Calli Schmid, vice president of grocery at Meijer, sent the following email to “all Meijer grocery suppliers,” essentially saying that the cost of doing business with the company would include the supply of free product to the half-dozen new stores being opened by the company this year: Meijer is excited to continue […]
  1. Associates & Employees
CARLISLE, Pa. – The GIANT Co. recently recognized its outstanding team members at its annual business meeting last week, handing out 15 awards to stores, employees and teams. “The dedication of our team members to serve our customers and our communities never wavers, as they continue to demonstrate every day how nimble, agile, and resourceful […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. —  Topco Associates, LLC., announced today that it will host the Topco Product Solutions Summit to diversify the cooperative’s supplier pool, discover new and innovative items and establish additional supplier partnerships to assist the organization with aggregation, innovation and knowledge management solutions that span Topco’s Center Store program. Topco is seeking […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Plus: MrBeast’s blindness video raises ethics questions. Whole Foods has asked some food producers to lower prices as pressures from inflation begin to ease across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported. “We know our customers are weighing the impacts of inflationary pressure on their buying choices,” Alyssa Vescio, Whole Foods’ senior vice president of […]
  1. Department: Food
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said that grocery inflation is not evenly distributed. “What we’re seeing is that if you take the fresh food categories, commodities, things like proteins, things are starting to move. Chicken right now is more expensive, but beef is down. Fruit and vegetable is in pretty good shape,” he said. “But dry […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. (AWG) yesterday announced that its president and CEO, David Smith, will retire at the end of 2023. Dan Funk, AWG’s COO, will assume the office upon Smith’s retirement.  From the announcement: “Smith joined AWG in 2003 and became president and CEO in 2015. Smith has focused solely on independent supermarket operators’ […]
  1. Retail Operations
The CPG Guys, PVSB and Sri are joined in this episode by Parag Shah, Vice President of Center Store Merchandising & Omnichannel Growth for The Giant Company, a division of Ahold Delhaize with nearly 200 stores operating in PA, NJ, VA, MD & WV. Follow Parag Shah on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paragshahmba/Follow The Giant Company  on […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK  — PLMA’s sold-out 2022 Private Label Trade Show, Nov. 13-15 in Chicago, will have a strong exhibitor presence of nonfood suppliers of everyday essentials, such as OTC medicine, baby care, personal care, health and wellness, pet care and household goods, among others. More than 500 booths devoted to nonfoods will be on display at […]
  1. Department: Food
Supermarkets have long used their perishable food departments to wow shoppers and to convey an image of food quality and freshness that helps elevate shoppers’ perceptions of the whole store. The importance of fresh food has only grown lately, as the pandemic led Americans to change their grocery shopping and cooking habits in ways that […]
  1. Department: Food
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In its latest innovation to provide a shopping solution for every customer, Meijer has introduced a new brick-and-mortar store concept – called Meijer Grocery – that will provide convenience for customers who are looking for a simplified shopping experience, while providing communities easier access to fresher foods. The first two Meijer Grocery stores will […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]

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