February 2023

KeHE Announces New President and CEO Deb Conklin

As part of an ongoing succession process, KeHE announces Deb Conklin to become KeHE’s President and CEO effective April 1st, 2023. Brandon Barnholt will move into the Executive Chairman role. Mr. Barnholt, who turns 65 in April, has been KeHE’s President and CEO for 15 years, leading the company through times of extraordinary growth.

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SPINS 2023 Trends to Watch

Starting the new year allows us the chance to reflect on trends we saw throughout 2022, but also gives the opportunity to predict what is on the horizon for 2023.

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Whole Foods Market’s Jason Buechel to Increase Pace of New Store Openings

Whole Foods Market CEO Jason Buechel unveiled his new strategic plan, called “Growing with Purpose,” during a quarterly town hall meeting with employees in early January.

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Wall Street Welcomes New Whole Foods Market Location

A new Whole Foods Market location opened in New York City’s FiDi (short for Financial District) neighborhood.

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Policy, Politics and Natural Products: Q&A with Colorado Governor Jared Polis

Governor Polis recently shared his views during a Q&A session on business, entrepreneurship and natural and organic products, regenerative agriculture and today’s market climate on the podcast Compass Coffee Talk, co-hosted by industry veterans Bill Capsalis and Steven Hoffman and sponsored by PRESENCE.

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Egg Shortages, Cost Hikes Exacerbated by Colorado Cage-Free Measure

Empty egg sections in grocery stores and signs limiting customers on how many eggs they can purchase have become commonplace in recent months. Shoppers who can find eggs are shelling out for record-high costs.

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H-E-B Outpaces National Average in Foot Traffic Growth

Placer.ai revealed H-E-B increased foot traffic by 6.8% during the final three months of 2022 compared with the same period in 2019, while most competitors saw declines in foot traffic over the same period.

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Town & Country Markets: Director of Center Store, Dwight Richmond, Named Outstanding Buyer of 2023

The Specialty Foods Association honored Town & Country Markets’ Director of Center Store, Dwight Richmond, with their 2023 Leadership Award for Outstanding Buyer.

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Montana to Receive Their First Whole Foods Market

With more than 500 stores in North America, the first Montana Whole Foods Market opened on February 1st, 2023, expanding the retailer to 44 states.

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H-E-B To Open Second Frisco Location in North Texas

Months after opening its first location in Friso, Texas to over 1,500 of cheering customers, H-E-B is moving forward with plans for a second Frisco location.

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Amazon Dash Cart Comes to Whole Foods Market

The Vineyard Whole Foods Market store in San Antonio is one of the first three locations in the country to get Amazon Dash Carts, which let customers skip the checkout line altogether.

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Amazon Fresh Pick-up Location in Seattle Closure

Amazon made the decision to close an Amazon Fresh Pick-up location in Seattle in late January, located in the Ballard area at 5100 15th Avenue NW.

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Sprouts Farmers Market to Open New Store in North Dallas

Sprouts Farmers Market announced it will soon open a new store in the Addison neighborhood of North Dallas. Sprouts Trinity Mills, as the store will be called, will open on February 24th near Trinity Mill Road.

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Discount Grocer Aldi Opens Two Louisiana Stores in January

German discount grocery chain Aldi is expanding again in Louisiana, bringing its store count to seven with more planned.

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Opening New Store in McCall

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage opened its new store in McCall, Idaho on January 18th. Located at 209 N. 3rd Street in the city of McCall, Idaho.

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Lidl Location Opens in Long Island

Popular Germany-based retailer, Lidl, continues to expand its footprint in New York with the opening of its newest Long Island, New York, store in Deer Park on January 18th.

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Giant Food’s Newest Maryland Store Measures Up

Giant Food opened a new store in Crofton, Maryland on Friday, January 20th. The new location, which replaced the Giant store previously located at 1161 MD Route 3 N in Gambrills, will bring over 200 new jobs to the local community.

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Arcata Co-op Remodel

North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California is proud to be celebrating a grand reopening after several weeks of major renovation this fall.

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Mollie Stone’s VIP Box Now Available

Mollie Stone’s, of Northern California has come up with a creative marketing vehicle to reward devoted shoppers and promote products.

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FDA Reminds Manufacturers of Effective Date for Sesame as a Major Food Allergen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reminding manufacturers that effective January 1st, 2023, foods containing sesame will be subject to specific food allergen regulatory requirements, including labeling and manufacturing requirements.

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The United Family Fights Against Human Trafficking

For the third straight year, The United Family is helping to fight the war against human trafficking by joining the Texas Blue Sand Project

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New Seasons Market Contributes $1.2 Million in 2022 Initiatives

In 2022, New Seasons Market and its customers contributed more than $1.2 million to community-based initiatives, that surpassed its 2021 contribution by $100,000.

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Natural Grocers Fundraiser on MLK Day Honors His Mission

Lakewood, Colorado-based Natural Grocers continued to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., in January with their annual in-store fundraising campaign supporting Jack and Jill of America.

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NGVC Offers Free Clean Water During Midland Boil Order

An early-January boil order in Midland, Texas, left many residents without ready access to clean water. Colorado-based Natural Grocers stepped in and made filtered water available for free to those affected in communities surrounding their Midland location until the boil notice was lifted.

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Colorado Enacts Single-Use Bag Fee

Starting January 1st, single-use plastic bag ban House Bill 21-1162 went into effect in Colorado statewide to help reduce waste and environmental pollution.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Rolling Out Specialty “New for You” Products

Sprouts Farmers Market kicked off a new program introducing products that spotlight artisans producing specialty items, unique healthy desserts and snacks, and convenient meals with health-supportive ingredients.

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New Hope February 2023 Retail Update

As Expo West rapidly approaches, we are getting antsy to participate in the abundance of events that awaits us!

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NGA Show Will Highlight Changes in Procurement, Technology, and Finance

The 2023 National Grocers Association show, will take place February 26th to 28th at Las Vegas’ Caesars Forum Convention Center.

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UNFI Holiday and Winter Shows

Sign-ups are open for UNFI’s Natural Holiday and Natural Winter Shows.

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KeHE Summer Show

The KeHE Summer show will be live in Nashville – a city of music, storytellers, and mouth-watering soul food on February 7th and 8th.

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Palko Show

Registration is now open for the Palko Show! Palko is a Midwest Distributors, located in Michigan City, Indiana.

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DPI Specialty Foods – All Division Food Show

Save the Date! May 18th, 2023, DPI Specialty Foods will be having their annual food show, this time supporting all divisions; West, Northwest and Rocky Mountains.

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Milestones February 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and January 2023 Anniversaries

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