Dept. Grocery

  1. Department: Food
GOODLETTESVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General customers can now purchase food, produce, over-the-counter medicines and additional wellness products in more than 20,000 stores nationwide using health supplemental benefits, the company said on Wednesday. “With approximately 75% of Americans within five miles of a Dollar General, we recognize the unique access we provide to all communities, especially […]
  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. Department: Nonfood
The new Space Saver is the world’s first rotisserie with a heated self-service display cabinet, helping operators simplify their hot food offering. Versatility and flexibility are central to the Space Saver as the rotisserie offers operators the opportunity to expand menus beyond traditional options. Fri-Jado… This story continues at Fri-Jado presents Space Saver auto-clean rotisserie […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Retail food sales success can be found at the intersection of growing your share of stomach and your share of wallet according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated these two metrics play a crucial role in understanding consumer behavior and competitive dynamic driving success today within the […]
  1. Channel: Club
The Street reports that Costco “plans to open a store solely dedicated to furniture and appliances.” The story notes that “most of Costco’s 850 global locations are its classic warehouse model that sells food, household goods, and lots of other things. The chain has opened a handful of ‘Business Centers,’ in recent years, locations that […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
The Associated Press reports this morning that Family Dollar Stores, a subsidiary of Dollar Tree Inc., has pleaded guilty “to holding food, drugs, cosmetics and other items under ‘insanitary’ conditions at a now-closed, rodent-infested distribution center in West Memphis, Arkansas,” a plea deal that includes “a sentence of a fine and forfeiture amount totaling $41.675 […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Shop Price annual inflation eased to 2.5% in February, down from 2.9% in January, according to the BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index. Shop price annual growth is its lowest since March 2022. Food inflation decelerated to 5.0% in February, its lowest since May 2022, down from… This story continues at Cautious optimism amid February inflation dip […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
NEW YORK – Sales of store brands increased $10.1 billion to a record $236.3 billion last year compared to 2022, according to PLMA’s just-released 2024 Private Label Report. That represents a 4.7% rise in dollar sales in all outlets from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, versus the same period the prior year, according to […]
  1. Department & Category
The New York Times this morning writes: “Cinnamon-flavored applesauce pouches sold in grocery and dollar stores last year poisoned hundreds of American children with extremely high doses of lead, leaving anxious parents to watch for signs of brain damage, developmental delays and seizures. “The Food and Drug Administration, citing Ecuadorean investigators, said a spice grinder […]
  1. CPG: Food
CNN reports that Kellogg’s CEO Gary Pilnick is in a bit of hot water with people frustrated with how inflation has driven up food prices. The story points out that Pilnick recently “said the company was advertising cereal for dinner to consumers looking for more affordable options. ‘Give chicken the night off,’ the ad’s cheery […]
  1. Data & Insights
Mondra, a product footprinting and supply chain decarbonisation AI driven SaaS platform, has raised £3.6 million in pre-Series A funding.  Investors include 7 Generation Ventures, AlbionVC, GC Foodtech Ventures, Foodsparks by Peakbridge, Ponderosa Ventures, and Vala Capital.  The cash will be used to expedite Mondra’s roll-out to UK grocers, of whom, the company claims, 85% […]
  1. Department: HBC
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart entered 2024 moving simultaneously on several fronts to advance its transformation into a new kind of retailer — indeed, a new kind of business enterprise. At the same time, the company is re-emphasizing the importance of its retail roots with plans to resume opening stores in the United States. At a […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the National Community Pharmacists Association, FMI – The Food Industry Association, the National Grocers Association, the American Pharmacists Association, the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy, and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations contend that PBM Reforms in Medicare and Medicaid must be a priority as Congress nears a government-funding endgame. “As the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  On average, grocery shoppers buy approximately 260 different items at the grocery store throughout the year, with just over 100 of them food items. It’s interesting to note that grocery store typically stock, a much larger variety of products, with an average of 35,829 items.  According to Steven Johnson grocery stores understand just how […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
This week we’re reprising our November 2022 interview with Hal Lawton, President & CEO of Tractor Supply Co, a truly remarkable retailer that has delivered some of the strongest results of any brand during the past five years.   We explore Hal’s diverse journey from McKinsey, to Home Depot, to eBay, to Macy’s and on to Tennesee-based […]
  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. Channel: Delivery
The Register reports that “DoorDash will cough up $375,000 to settle claims it trampled California’s privacy laws by giving away customers’ info without their consent nor giving them the opportunity to opt out. “In addition to that paltry sum – for context, DoorDash’s annual revenue in 2023 was nearly $9 billion – the San Francisco-based […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
From the Associated Press: “Inflation has changed the way many Americans shop. Now, those changes in consumer habits are helping bring down inflation. “Fed up with prices that remain about 19%, on average, above where they were before the pandemic, consumers are fighting back. In grocery stores, they’re shifting away from name brands to store-brand […]
  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. Shopper & Customer
Grocery stores have been in a state of flux in recent years, influenced broadly by the economy and supply chain issues and, at the store level, by how consumers want to shop. This year, grocery bills are expected to exceed $300 a week, which in turn will impact the choices consumers are making at the […]
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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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