December 2023

Natural Grocers Strong Q4 Performance Maintains 20-Year Run of Fiscal Success

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc., based in Colorado, experienced a notable 6.9% surge in same-store sales during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 compared to the previous year, underscoring the sustained consumer emphasis on health and wellness in their grocery choices. The natural and organic grocer reported a 7.6% increase in net sales, totaling $295.1 million, with adjusted EBITDA reaching $16.1 million for the quarter ending on September 30th.

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Natural Grocers Opens 45th Colorado Store

Last month, The Loveland, Colorado, Natural Grocers opening brought the number of stores in its home state to 45 for the natural foods retailer. The Colorado launch came on the heels of another new store opening in Washington and remodel re-opening in Oklahoma.

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In Memoriam: Dale Kamibayashi, May 4, 1951 – November 4, 2023

Longtime natural products industry veteran and former Presence Marketing team member Dale Kenji Kamibayashi passed away on November 4th, 2023, at age 72.

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Holiday Spending

Leading into the end of 2023, inflation rates, while still elevated overall, in total have begun to come down from mid-year highs of 9.1%. This downward trend is a bright spot; however, financial pressures continue to erode buying power leading into the holiday season.

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Foxtrot and Dom’s Kitchen to Merge

Two trendy Chicago based retailers plan to combine in an all stock merger. Dom’s Kitchen & Market and Foxtrot will become Outfox Hospitality with Foxtrot CEO, Liz Williams taking the top leadership position of the combined firm.

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Gelson’s Opens 28th Location

Southern California based Gelson’s opened their 28th location with a full-service store in West Los Angeles. The new store will help to anchor the West Edge, a mixed retail, office, and residential development.

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PCC Announces Closure of Downtown Seattle Store

PCC Community Markets, a natural retailer based in Seattle, WA, has announced the closure of its downtown Seattle location, nearly two years after opening.

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Rosauers Supermarkets Opens Store in Pullman

Rosauers Supermarket’s recent comeback in Pullman, Washington is a strategic move, marking the supermarket chain’s return to the local market after a 30-year hiatus.

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New Seasons Market Opens Second Washington Location

On October 18th, New Seasons opened their second location in Vancouver, Washington. The store is located in the downtown area, a neighborhood where residents and employees have been asking city officials for a supermarket for decades.

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Two Grocers Recognized as Best Workplaces for Women

Wegman’s Food Markets Inc. and Publix Super Markets Inc. have been recognized among Fortune’s Top 100 Best Workplaces for Women this year. 

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Ahold Delhaize Divests FreshDirect Business

Ahold Delhaize USA has reached a deal to sell its FreshDirect business to Getir, a prominent grocery delivery company operating in key markets in the U.S. and globally.

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Publix Progressing with Leadership Changes

Publix Super Markets is undergoing a leadership transition, effective January 1st, with Todd Jones, the current CEO, transitioning to the role of Publix Executive Chairman.

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Sprouts Farmers Market to Open Four New In-Store Coffee Bars

After a successful trial run Sprouts Farmers Market has announced the expansion of its pilot program with Phoenix-based PRESS Coffee. The natural foods grocer, also based in Phoenix, will introduce four new coffee bars within Arizona stores.

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KeHE News December 2023

As part of KeHE’s new campaign, Food. Forward.TM, shares the results of their new innovations through customer & supplier-centric metrics.  

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UNFI Trailer Wraps Opportunity

Rolling billboards are seen by millions of consumers traveling on US highways. They’re cost-effective ways to be seen by retailer buyers and consumers. UNFI has more than 3,400 trucks on the road making over 43,000 customer stops per year.

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Associated Food Stores Introduces Hyper-Local Market Concept in Utah

The grand opening of Macey’s Market Pinebrook in Park City, Utah, marks a significant milestone for both the communities it serves and the Macey’s brand. Associated Food Stores (AFS) has introduced the first Macey’s Market in the Pinebrook neighborhood. 

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Sprouts Holiday Catering Gets a Boost From Instacart Ordering System

Sprouts Farmers Market is now taking pre-orders for holiday season catering offerings at more than 400 stores with an updated order management system. The natural foods grocer and Instacart have teamed up to introduce FoodStorm, Instacart’s order management system (OMS), at more than 400 Sprouts locations nationwide.

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Giant Eagle Hunting for New Headquarters

Giant Eagle announced plans to move away from its fully remote corporate working model, expressing gratitude for the support during the remote work period. The company aims to transition corporate team members to a hybrid in-office model in 2024, fostering more collaboration.

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Johnny Basha Tapped for Real Estate Czar Post at Raley’s

The Raley’s Companies, a privately-owned entity, has promoted Johnny Basha to the position of Senior Vice President, Real Estate Strategy and Management, expanding his responsibilities to oversee the entire portfolio of enterprise real estate assets.

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UNFI Names Andre Persaud as President and CEO of Retail

Andre Persaud has been named President and CEO of retail for United Natural Foods Inc.

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Save Mart Partners with DoorDash for Delivery Services

As of November 23rd, The Save Mart Companies’ banners, including Save Mart, Lucky, and FoodMaxx, are now accessible on DoorDash. 

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Orchard Nutrition Celebrates

Orchard Nutrition is celebrating their 41 years being a local source to Redding, California offering health and wellness supplements, organic and Non-GMO groceries, 100% certified organic produce, bakery items made daily and much more. 

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New Seasons Market Enhancing its Social and Environmental Initiatives

Senior Manager of Sustainability, Athena Petty, emphasized the company’s commitment to using its business efforts as a force for good, aligning with B-Corp’s comprehensive framework that assesses the impact across five key areas: community, workers, planet, governance, and customers. New Seasons Market has maintained its B-Corp status for a decade.

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Sensory Friendly Shopping at New Seasons Market

New Seasons Market, a chain known for its commitment to community well-being and sustainability, has implemented a Sensory-Friendly Shopping Hour to accommodate those with sensory sensitivities.

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Threshold Announces a New National Sales Manager

Threshold is thrilled to announce the newest addition to their team, Matthew Inglese, who joins them as an experienced Sales and Business Development professional with over 20 years of expertise in the science, dietary supplements, sports nutrition, ingredients, and fitness industry.

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Natural Grocers Brings Back Holiday Edition of Heroes in Aprons Campaign

Colorado-based Natural Grocers launched its second annual holiday Heroes in Aprons fundraiser last month. The event, benefitting The Natural Grocers Heroes in Aprons Fund,  runs in all stores until December 31st.

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Thankful to Give Support in Lahaina

There are a few places in the world that you may find a beautiful connection with. A place that gives you instant calm, people that bring you joy, and a place that leaves you with memories of a lifetime. Well, Maui has given me and my family just that

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PRESENCE Volunteer Day

In a dedicated effort to combat hunger, PRESENCE’s Kenneth Munoz, Leslie Weiner, and Jim Perrone joined forces at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

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December 2023 Update from New Hope

Registration is now open for Expo West!
March 12-16, 2024 | Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim, California
Empower your future at Expo West – the largest collection of emerging and pioneering natural and organic brands in the industry! Join us in Anaheim for the chance to unearth your next big seller and experience the breakthroughs shaping the industry.

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – December 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 powered by SPINS to match buyers and brands.

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Newtopia Now Webinar

On November 27th, Nikki Nolbertowicz, the Sr. Director of Distributor Relations at PRESENCE hosted a webinar with New Hope Network’s Michelle Garske, Sr. Director Strategic Partnerships, Mary Beth Catapano, Director Retail Partners, and Katie McCoy, Sr. Sponsorship Manager. The webinar served as an introduction to the recently launched Newtopia Now!

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New Arrivals December 2023

We welcomed more babies to the PRESENCE family!

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Milestones December 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and November 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted December 2023

December 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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