April 2024

The U.S. natural products industry is a force

Our industry has more than tripled in size since 2007 growing from $97B to over $300B in 2023 with volume growth every year. Our scale is accelerating, and this momentum can amplify our voice and impact.

Natural Industry Growth Accelerates

The state of the natural and organic products industry is strong, according to the latest market research presented in a keynote seminar at Natural Products Expo West in March and compiled by Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ), SPINS and others. Reporting on figures that show a tripling of consumer sales from $97 billion in 2007 to more than $300 billion in 2023.

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EXPO West 2024

The Natural Products Expo West attracted over 65,000 attendees and featured 3,000 exhibitors across various sectors. This showcased the diversity of the natural products market and provided insights into the latest trends. Prominent retailer involvement highlighted the expo’s role as a key platform for product discovery.

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UNFI Simplified Supplier Approach (SSA) Program Presented

UNFI is transforming the way they do business with suppliers to enhance and streamline the partnership. UNFI is excited to introduce Simplified Supplier Approach (SSA), a new supplier policy that will go into effect May 1st, 2024.

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Private Label Reaches Record High In 2023

The Private Label Manufacturers Association announced 21% of all grocery unit sales in 2023 were private or store label items accounting for an all-time high. These increases show private label items catching ground on national brands and account for a large portion of expansion on shelf at retail.

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Grocers and AI Partnerships

During the National Retail Federations annual conference, Schnucks Market and Giant Eagle discussed the need to get workers comfortable with the benefits AI technology can offer while still ensuring they feel value in their job and efforts.

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Town & Country Ushers in a New President and CEO

Since 1954, Town & Country Markets has been a cherished family-owned and operated grocery store chain across Washington state’s Puget Sound. They are thrilled to introduce their new President and CEO, Ryan Ritter.

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Whole Foods Market Launches New Urban Convenience-Store Format

Whole Foods Market is rolling out a new concept called the “Whole Foods Market Daily Shop,” aimed at offering urban customers a quick and convenient shopping experience.

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Sprouts Goes Big with Smaller Stores in 2024

Last year, Sprouts Farmers Market shuttered all their larger stores, to implement the company’s smaller 23,000-square-foot format initiative. This strategic move, announced in June 2023, aimed to reduce the company’s environmental footprint by downsizing its stores’ square footage by 23%.

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New Sprouts Loyalty Program Coming to Two Test Markets

During its fourth quarter earnings call last month, Sprouts Farmers Market unveiled plans for its forthcoming robust loyalty program, slated to be operational by mid-2024.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Bakersfield Grand Opening

Recently, Sprouts Farmers Market unveiled its second establishment in Bakersfield, California, located at 3535 Panama Lane and officially opened on Friday, March 1st.

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Sprouts Deli Fare Making Headlines

Recently, prepared food offerings from Sprouts Farmers Market have been in the news, ranked among the best grocery store locations to purchase rotisserie chicken and fresh sushi.

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Sprouts Joins Stores Taking SNAP/EBT Through DoorDash 

About a year ago, emergency food assistance provided by the federal government during the pandemic expired, leaving many consumers grappling with ongoing challenges, particularly due to persistently high food prices compared to the previous year. To address this, an increasing number of grocers are stepping up to offer assistance.

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UNFI Names Giorgio Matteo Tarditi President, CFO

UNFI has named longtime GE executive Giorgio “Matteo” Tarditi as President and Chief Financial Officer, effective April 15th. He succeeds John W. Howard, UNFI’s current CFO, who will leave the company following a transition period.

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UNFI Legacy Natural Marketing Programs Update

UNFI is continuing on their path of transforming how they do business with the end goal remaining in sight: to be the distributor of choice, while providing less complex and more transparent partnerships.

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UNFI Charity Classic

On May 21st, UNFI will host its annual Charity Classic at Lake of Isles in North Stonington, Connecticut. This event includes golf and dinner, and it benefits the UNFI Foundation. All proceeds benefit the UNFI Foundation.

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UNFI Detention Charges

To be eligible to request detention charges, a carrier needs to have received a time stamp from the receiving office showing the driver arrived no later than 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment time. The detention form must be requested prior to departure on the day of the scheduled appointment.

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KeHE Fuels Growth for Fresh with New Fresh Marketplace

KeHE rolled out KeHE Fresh Marketplace at the 2024 KeHE Summer Show. Acquiring DPI Specialty Foods last year allowed KeHE to broaden its customer base and strengthened its fresh and innovative product portfolio, expanding its strategic vision.

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URGENT Notice to KeHE Suppliers: PFAS Laws – ACTION REQUIRED

Joining New York and California, several states – Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Hawaii, Maine, and Washington – have enacted laws prohibiting the sale or distribution of products containing PFAS. Immediate action is required to comply with these regulations.

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KeHE is Expanding New@KeHE program

Starting in June, KeHE will extend New@KeHE to DC 45 Ontario and soon to follow will be DC 46 Tualatin in August.

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New Connect BI Report and Dashboard is Coming!

KeHE’s updated Connect BI Reporting and Dashboard is coming. The updates are…

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H-E-B Opens Luxury Store in Growing Hill Country Area

H-E-B celebrated the grand opening of the upscale Fair Oaks store in the Lemon Creek development on Wednesday, March 6th.

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H-E-B to Open Second Dallas-area Joe V’s Smart Shop

H-E-B celebrated the groundbreaking of its second Dallas Joe V’s Smart Shop on March 20th, marking the beginning of construction for the 55,000 square-foot grocery store.

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New ShopRite Debut in Old Bridge

ShopRite has unveiled the opening of its latest full-service store located in the Glenwood Green Shopping Plaza at the junction of Route 9 and Schulmeister Road in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

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Better Health Opens New Location in Toledo

Better Health Market and Café opened a new store located at 3344 Secor Road, Toledo, Ohio on February 26th, 2024. This is the Michigan-based chain’s first store in Ohio location.

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Detroit People’s Food Co-op to Open in May

The Detroit People’s Food Co-op is scheduled to open on May 1st, providing much needed groceries and local jobs to Metro Detroit’s North End neighborhood.

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In Memoriam: Sherwyn Cotovsky, Sherwyn’s Health Food Shoppe

Sherwyn Cotovsky, the longtime owner of Sherwyn’s Health Food Shoppe in Chicago, Illinois, passed away on February 18th, 2024, at the age of 86.

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Rosauers Supermarkets Celebrates 90 Years of Success

Rosauers Supermarkets proudly celebrates its 90th anniversary since the opening of the first store. With a current portfolio including 17 Rosauers Stores, four Super 1 Foods Stores, and one Huckleberry’s Natural Market, the company, boasting around 2,100 employees, stands as a testament to the vision of its founder, Mert Rosauer.

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Save A Lot Closes Two Stores; Dallas Food Desert Grows

Two Save A Lot grocery stores in Southern Dallas are closing, exacerbating the already critical need for fresh and affordable food in the area.

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Save Mart Companies Partner with Flashfood to Cut Waste

The Save Mart Companies, comprising of Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx banners, have partnered with Flashfood to reduce food waste by offering discounted groceries nearing their sell-by date.

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Sprouts Supports Women’s Athletics with Eight New NIL Partnerships

In honor of Women’s History Month, Sprouts Farmers Market continues their commitment to support women’s athletics by unveiling eight new Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) agreements with athletes from schools in Sprouts
communities nationwide.

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Rouses’ Marcy Nathan Honored as WGA Woman of the Year

The Woman Grocers of America (WGA) honored Marcy Nathan, the creative director of Louisiana-based Rouses Markets, with the prestigious Woman of the Year Award.

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Whole Foods Market Launches Support Program for Local Suppliers

Whole Foods Market is opening the 2024 application process for Local and Emerging Accelerator Program to help small-scale, local suppliers grow their business.

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April 2024 Update from New Hope

Expo West 2024 Was One for The Books! Whether you call it “the Superbowl of natural products” or “the Disneyland of CPG” there’s one thing for sure: Expo West 2024 was an empowering event for all who attended.

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Expo West 2024 Show Recap

Natural Products Expo West, the West Coast’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, took place March 12th to 16th, 2024, at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. This event hosted more than 70,000 registered attendees and 2,700 exhibiting companies.

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2024 UNFI Spring and Summer – East Show Recap

UNFI’s Spring and Summer- East Show took place at the Loews Royal Pacific of Orlando, Florida on February 20th and 21st and it did not disappoint! This event is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to explore the latest trends, products, and innovations in the food and beverage sector.

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Milestones April 2024

PRESENCE New Hires and March 2024 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted April 2024

April 2024 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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PRESENCE News Staff

Presence News Staff
* Editor – Milton Zimmerman
*Associate Editor – Nikki Nolbertowicz
*Associate Editor – Asher Aronovich

Contributing Editors
* East – Lauren Tuscano * Midwest – Milton Zimmerman
* Southwest – Crystal Stauffer * Northwest – June Grill
* Rocky Mountains – Amanda Ayers * West – Marina Ahner
* Distributor News – Pete Psaledas * Data/SPINS – Jerry Stroobosscher & Mike Murphy

For more information contact Milton Zimmerman at mzimmerman@pmidpi.com