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by Michael Sansolo It’s an oldie but a goodie: The single best thing to put into a pie isn’t apple, cherry or pecans. It’s your teeth. But there may be an even more important ingredient in any pie and it’s a reason why especially in the holiday season people connect food with memories and family […]
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The New York Times reports that “Penguin Random House’s deal to buy Simon & Schuster, a rival publisher, is close to collapsing after Simon & Schuster’s parent company decided to allow the purchase agreement to expire, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke anonymously to discuss confidential deliberations. The deal was already […]
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The Seattle Times reports that “Albertsons’ investors hoping for their share of a promised $4 billion payment must wait at least another week for a payout bound up in a controversial merger with rival Kroger.  “On Thursday, King County Superior Court Judge Ken Schubert extended through Nov. 17 a week-old restraining order on the payment. […]
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Bloomberg reports that “the US Federal Trade Commission plans to make wider use of its 1914 founding statute to police anticompetitive behavior by companies in the internet age,” issuing a new policy statement signaling its intention to prevent “unfair methods of competition. “FTC Chair Lina Khan said the policy, which re-affirms Section 5 of the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Reuters reports that a US federal court judge has refused to temporarily block a $4 billion dividend payment to its shareholders in advance of the company’s proposed acquisition by Kroger. According to the story, “The federal court in Washington D.C. denied issuing a restraining order in the case, which was filed by the attorneys general […]
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Lots of reaction to yesterday’s”What’s wrong with America” FaceTime video.  One MNB reader wrote: You are right, people don’t care anymore; there is almost a pathetic pride in doing whatever pleases you and that SUV is a perfect example. That guy could care less or maybe it’s some spoiled kid who would go home and […]
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Responding to yesterday’s mention in FaceTime about a New York Times piece about climate change, one MNB reader wrote: On the Climate Change article, what was frightening was the statistic that by 2050, 100 million Americans will experience at last one summer day of 125 degrees temps. Living in Minneapolis, we are unable to comprehend […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Got a statement yesterday from critical issues firm Brunswick Group, detailing Albertsons’ response to our story about Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filing a lawsuit to prevent Albertsons from paying investors a $4 billion dividend in advance of the company’s proposed merger with Kroger: “The lawsuit brought by the Washington State Attorney General is […]
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On Friday, we took note of a Wall Street Journal story about how “the U.S. economy grew at a 2.6% annual rate in the third quarter despite a slowdown in consumer spending during the summer amid high inflation and rising interest rates.”   I commented about the mixed messages: I’m not an economist, and have […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The new workplace trend is not a ‘one size fits all’ situation. If you’ve been keeping track of workplace trends recently, you might have already heard of “quiet quitting.” This recent phenomenon describes an employee doing the minimum amount of work their role requires without going above and beyond in any way. Beyond focusing on […]
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Got this note from MNB reader Patrick Smith: “The Pacific Northwest is home to the origins of Albertsons/Safeway and regional Kroger Chains, QFC and Fred Meyer. They dominate the traditional supermarket business in the region. As reported, if allowed to go through, store closures and loss of jobs will be casualties of the merger, plus […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger-Albertsons merger deal would combine the first- and second-largest U.S. supermarket operators into one, mammoth grocery retailer. As regulators get under way with the review process, industry observers are sizing up the potential market impact. Together, The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos. would form a national company with 4,996 stores, 66 distribution centers, 52 […]
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Yesterday we quoted a Benjamin Lorr op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times in which he wrote about the Kroger-Albertsons merger: “The supermarket industry is trapped in an unsustainable model, “chasing higher and higher volume to fund cheaper and cheaper prices. Which by necessity means grocers are always looking over their shoulder at their competition. […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Los Angeles Times has an op-ed piece by Benjamin Lorr, author of “The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket,” in which he writes about the proposed  $24.6-billion merger of Kroger and Albertsons, suggesting that it will have “profound implications.” Lorr – who talked to MNB about his book in […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, Kroger-Albertsons merger: Many views, many angles ranked as the week’s top story. Wall Street analysts say the $24.6 billion deal, despite facing high regulatory hurdles, will
  1. Channel: Grocery
The proposed $25 billion Kroger-Albertsons merger is already running into significant opposition from progressive lawmakers and others, according to CNN. A Senate antitrust panel will hold a hearing next month on the Kroger-Albertsons merger focused on how the deal could impact competition in the grocery industry. This comes after several senators raised concerns and called on […]
  1. Channel: Drug
More comments from the MNB community about the proposed Kroger-Albertsons deal… One MNB reader wrote: One key learning after going through this process that I feel is evident to both Kroger and Albertsons management is the follow up to divestiture. Recall the Haggen’s debacle, where Albertsons sold some 88 stores to Haggen, (who failed miserably […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Bloomberg reports that the US Senate already is planning hearings into the Kroger-Albertsons merger deal, probably as soon as next month. From the story: “Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Utah Senator Mike Lee, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary antitrust panel, expressed ‘serious concerns about the proposed transaction’ Tuesday and said the […]

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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]