August 2023

AI Leads Tech Transformation in Natural Foods

From regenerative organic agriculture and nutrition research to product development, marketing, distribution and retail operations, business leaders in the natural channel are already finding multiple uses for this nascent yet transformative technology. A growing number of natural and organic products companies are taking the lead in employing AI automation, and such uses across the supply chain are growing as exponentially as the technology upon which it is based.

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Back to School

With the return to school comes increases in consumer spending that impacts various retailers across the country. Stocking up on school supplies, consumer electronics and back to school clothes. Beyond those essentials, changes to consumer spend at the grocery store also factors in. Let’s look at how shoppers are spreading their dollars across the marketplace…

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New Seasons honored with 2023 West Retailer of the Year Award

New Seasons Market, the Portland based retailer, has been awarded the prestigious 2023 West Retailer of the Year by The Shelby Report.

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NCG Adds Eight New Co-ops

Eight new co-ops have recently joined the NCG’s network of community owned stores. They include well-established retail locations and some brand-new start-ups.

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Supersized H-E-B Opens in Georgetown

San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. has unveiled a new store in Georgetown, Texas, situated approximately 25 miles north of Austin. Spanning 121,000 square feet, the supermarket is located in the new Wolfs Lake Village shopping center, replacing its smaller 34-year-old predecessor less than one mile away.

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100 Years of Geissler’s Supermarket

Geissler’s Supermarket, a seven-store retailer with locations in Connecticut and Massachusetts, has a big year ahead – a 100th anniversary celebration.

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The GIANT Company Celebrates a Century in Business

Cheers to 100 years! The GIANT Company is celebrating its 100th anniversary by growing its legacy of supporting those who matter most – team members, customers, and the communities it serves.

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New Publix Stores Coming to The Old Dominion

Publix Super Markets is ramping up its footprint in the state of Virginia, introducing a new store in Carrollton, Virginia at Bartlett Station.

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Plum Market Expanding to The Sunshine State

Farmington Hills, Michigan-based retailer Plum Market opened its first full-service grocery store in Florida earlier this year.

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Favorite Grocery Chain in Each State Reveals Regional Priorities

A recent survey of grocery shoppers nationwide revealed which grocery store is the most popular in every state. All grocery stores provide shoppers with food products to buy, but each has their unique point of attraction that keeps customers in every region coming back.

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Whole Foods Market U.K. Losses Total £26M

Last year, Whole Foods Market’s U.K. operation faced significant challenges as it reported record pre-tax losses of over 50%.

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KeHE Showcases Emerging Trends and Products to Its Partners at Holiday Show

KeHE Distributors hosted its 2023 KeHE Holiday Show in Chicago.

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KeHE Announces Virtual TRENDfinder Event

KeHE Distributors announced the 16 winners of its 2023 TRENDfinder™ event, which took place virtually from May 1st to May 12th.

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UNFI Supplier Product Images

UNFI is investing in many initiatives to improve their customer experience across digital platforms.

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United Supermarkets Boosts Presence in Wichita Falls

United Supermarkets has introduced its latest store concept in Wichita Falls, about two hours northwest of Dallas.

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H-E-B Opens Second Fresh Bites Convenience Store and Taco Restaurant

H-E-B is expanding its H-E-B Fresh Bites brand to Lytle, Texas with a second location that also includes a True Texas Tacos restaurant.

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Reasors in Oklahoma

Brookshire Grocery Co. purchased the retail chain Reasors in November 2021 and has operated the locations as one of its distinct banners. The company announced it will open a new Reasors location in south Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

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Natural Grocers Launches Additional Heroes in Aprons Fundraiser

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage proudly announced in July an additional Heroes in Aprons fundraiser taking place at its stores through September 30th.

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NGVC Diverts 500 Million Single-Use Bags From Landfills

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage hit an impressive sustainability milestone this year by announcing they diverted 500 million single-use plastic bags from negatively impacting the environment.

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Natural Grocers Community Sponsors U.S. Gaelic Athletic Association (USGAA) Finals

This year, Natural Grocers is to be a key community sponsor of the 2023 U.S. Gaelic Athletic Association National Finals, August 18th to 20th, in Colorado at the Sandstone Sports Field Complex.

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Where Is the Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion?

Several food retailers scored 100% on this year’s DEI, including Giant Eagle, United Natural Foods Inc, Amazon, CVS Health, The Kroeger Co, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart.

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Seattle Based Kitchen and Market Rapidly Expanding Behind Meal Kit Concept

Seattle-based and female founded grocery store chain, Kitchen & Market is looking to change meal planning with its European-style market concept.

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Smith’s Donates $10K to Feed Kids and Families

For more than seven years, Smith’s Food and Drug stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico have partnered with KRQE Cares Food for Kids to collect food and grocery items for the APS Title 1 Mckinney Vento program.

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August 2023 Update from Natural Products Expo

Enter the Expo East Think-Tank

Supplement your experience by joining us and industry leaders for our education features! Hear from pioneers who are leading the conversation and facilitating positive change in our industry.

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – August 2023

Beacon Discovery is the platform for natural products discovery that combines New Hope Network’s standards for ingredients, transparency, and integrity with robust filtering to match buyers and brands.

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Milestones August 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and July 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted August 2023

August 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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