April 2023

Sprouts Farmers Market to Close 11 Stores and Open 30 New Locations in 2023

Sprouts Farmers Market announced in March that it will close 11 larger, underperforming locations as part of their strategy to maintain ongoing expansion and fiscal success. The stores were being considered for closure prior to the COVID-19 pandemic due to poor financial performance, but Sprouts Farmers Market decided to keep them open so customers would continue to have access to a grocery store nearby. The stores are 30% larger (23,000 square feet) than the current smaller footprint Sprouts is favoring for new store locations.

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Expo West Trends and Direction

Last month, the Natural Products Expo West brought the industry together in Anaheim for an exciting week of education, conversations, product showcases, and – most importantly – sampling. 

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Expo West 2023 Show Recap

The 42nd annual Natural Products Expo West was very successful, and our employees had many opportunities to conduct meetings in our meeting rooms and at the exhibitors booths on the show floor.

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Upcycling and Reducing Food Waste: A Cooperative Effort

In cooperation with National Cooperative Grocers (NCG), Presence Marketing hosted its 15th Annual Panel Discussion and Reception at Natural Products Expo West in March.

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UNFI Continues to Upgrade Operations

UNFI is taking further actions to significantly improve its supply chain capabilities and overall customer experience as part of its four-part transformation agenda to provide increasing value to its customers and suppliers, effectiveness and efficiency in its operations, and enhanced value for its shareholders.

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Whole Foods Market Launches Support Program for Local Suppliers

Whole Foods Market is opening the 2023 application process for Local and Emerging Accelerator Program to help small-scale, local suppliers grow their business. 

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Green Zebra Closes Their Doors

Green Zebra Grocery in Portland, Oregon is closing their doors after 10 years of business.

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KeHE DIVERSEtrade Vendors Alert

If you are interested in joining DIVERSEtrade, please upload your certification in the KeHE Connect Supplier Portal 

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Merz Apothecary – A Chicago Landmark

In 1875, Chicago pharmacist Peter Merz opened a small drugstore on Chicago’s North Side. Chicago had been established for 38 years and had attracted immigrants from throughout Europe. Being of Swiss descent, Merz decided to call the store an “Apothecary” in the European tradition. Even from the beginning, Merz Apothecary set itself apart.

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Grocery Purchases via Mobile Apps – On the Rise

Over the last year, mobile app downloads grew to 255 billion (11% increase YOY) and 4.1 trillion (9% increase YOY) in hours spent. The Data.ai data analytics found that while consumer spending slowed, the need for mobile apps grew.

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Natural Grocers Spotlights Local Products in Texas and Colorado Events

Natural foods retailer Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage put on local promotion events last month in Texas and Colorado to call attention to local product offerings and attract shoppers to local stores.

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Brandon Bagley Remembered

Brandon Thorpe Bagley (52) passed away unexpectedly of health complications on March 9th, in Redwood City, California, with his wife (Danna) and daughter (Sabrina, 11) by his side.

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King Soopers Plans Large Store for Fountain

The city of Fountain, Colorado has been named the next location for a “king-sized” King Soopers location.

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Colorado Grocery, Convenience Stores Uncork New Offerings

As of March 1st, approximately 1,900 grocery and convenience stores across Colorado began selling wine following the narrow passage of a ballot measure in November that will change the way residents of the state purchase alcohol going forward.

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Kroger Invests in Self-Driving Box Trucks for Texas Distribution Network

Kroger has invested in self-driving medium-duty box trucks to transport orders within its distribution network. The retailer collaborated with the logistics company Gatik on a multi-year commercial contract to transport customer orders within Kroger’s Dallas distribution network.

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DoorDash + PCC equals an On Demand Partnership

A new union is taking place. PCC (the largest community-owned food market in the U.S.) and DoorDash On-demand grocery delivery are teaming up.

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Nugget Markets #95 on Fortune Top 100

Nugget Markets has made Fortune’s 2022 top 100 best companies to work for list and resides at the number 95th spot. This is the 17th year they have made the list and they made the number 24th spot in 2021.

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Kroger to Open Three Marketplace Stores in Dallas Fort Worth

H-E-B has dominated the news cycle in recent months in regard to North Texas grocery expansion; however, Kroger is ramping up new store openings to compete.

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Inching into Indiana: The Fresh Market Opening New Location

Coming to Carmel soon! North Carolina-based retailer, The Fresh Market is opening its second location in Carmel, Indiana and fifth overall location in Indiana.

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Gelson’s is Growing

A new Gelson’s market will make its debut at 12101 W. Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles, positioning itself as one of the anchor stores of the new West Edge Shopping Center.

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Harvest Market, Fort Bragg Launching EBT Pilot Initiative

Harvest Market in Ft. Bragg, California is excited to be the first retailer in the country to launch an EBT fruit and vegetable initiative.

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Hy-Vee Local Brands Summit

Hy-Vee began a program of screening local brands to add to their store shelves back in early 2021. Since the inception of this program, Hy-Vee has continued this program quarterly.

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KeHE 2024 Roadmap Training

Each year, PRESENCE works with their vendors to review goals, promotional calendar, advertising programs along with show support for the next calendar year. Together, we create the KeHE Roadmap and present to your Category Manager.    

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KeHE Signs Exclusive Partnership with Rodale Institute

KeHE signed an exclusive partnership with Rodale Institute on March 15th, 2023. Rodale Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the regenerative organic agriculture movement through rigorous research, farmer training, and education.

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Stop & Shop Putting a Stop to Small Plastic Bottles

Stop & Shop is one of the many retailers affected by a new bylaw prohibiting the sale of plastic bottles. Edgartown, Massachusetts became the sixth and final Island town in Massachusetts to ban the sale of plastic water bottles 34 oz. or smaller during the 2022 annual town meeting in April.

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Harps Food Stores Reopens Remodeled Store in Jay

Springdale, Arkansas-based grocery retailer Harps Food Stores held a grand opening for its newly redesigned grocery store in Jay, Oklahoma, on March 22nd.

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Fruitful Yield Joins INFRA

In March, the Fruitful Yield chain proudly joined the Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA).

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H-E-B Connects Customers with Home Management Services through Thumbtack

The partnership with H-E-B is Thumbtack’s first foray into the physical retail environment

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Seattle’s Vegfest Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Seattle, Washington will be holding its annual Vegfest on May 13th and 14th 2023, at the Washington State Events Center Pavilion. This will be their 20th festival which is now “the largest vegetarian food festival in the country”.

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Natural Grocers Celebrates Texas Independence Day

Last month, Lakewood, Colorado-based Natural Grocers showcased Texas products in its fifth annual “Celebrate Texas Independence Day” event across all stores in the Lone Star State.

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National Grocers Association Show Wraps in Vegas

The National Grocers Association NGA Show took place February 26th to 28th 2023, at the Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Palko Show Cancelled

Sadly, the Palko Tabletop Show that was previously scheduled for May 20th and 21st at the Silver Creek Event Center — Four Winds Casino, in New Buffalo, Michigan, has been cancelled.

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Natural Grocers Backs Boulder Film Festival for Foodies

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was the official sponsor and food purveyor of ChineCHEF 2023 at the Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) last month.

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Harmons, Mollie Stone’s to Offer Customized Rewards Box

Harmons and Mollie Stone’s Markets have partnered with Salt Lake City-based Bunny James to create Retail Rewards Boxes that will be gifted to their VIP customers.

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Compass Coffee Talk Episode 32

Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Maxwell the Founder of JAMBAR – the original PowerBar. Jennifer, along with her late husband Brian Maxwell, literally invented the entire energy bar category in the mid-1980s when they cofounded PowerBar. 

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New Arrivals – Bennett Richard Morrow

We welcomed another baby to the PRESENCE family!
 
Congratulations to our Regional Sales Manager, Ryan Morrow on the birth of his son. Bennett Richard Morrow was born on March 4th at 9:42 A.M. Bennett is 5lbs, 14oz, 18 inches. 

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Milestones April 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and April 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted April 2023

April 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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