February 2024

H-E-B Named Top Grocery Retailer in the U.S. by dunnhumby

H-E-B Named Top Grocery Retailer in the U.S. by dunnhumby
Once again, San Antonio-based grocer H-E-B has secured the prestigious top position in dunnhumby’s seventh annual Retailer Preference Index (RPI). This is the third time HEB has been recognized as the number one food retailer in the company’s rankings. It is the first company to earn the distinction three times.

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Lawsuit Pending From Washington State AG in Kroger/Albertsons Merger

Back in October of 2022, the Kroger/Albertsons merger news broke. After over a year, they are still dealing with pushback regarding this $24.6 billion deal.

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Cocoa Cravings

While chocolate enthusiasts savor this delightful treat throughout the year, Valentine’s Day has a special connection with this beloved ingredient. On February 14th, chocolate lovers have an additional excuse to indulge in an array of chocolate bars and treats. Whether or not you embrace the romantic aspect of the day, it’s an opportune moment to explore the confectionery aisle at your nearby store.

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Fresh Thyme Features Locally Made Products through Naturally Chicago

Fresh Thyme Market is partnering with Naturally Chicago to feature products made by local companies. They represent the first retail banner to partner with Naturally Chicago’s Locally Made Retail Access Program.

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C&S Wholesale Grocers’ Expansion into Oregon Marks a Strategic Move in the Grocery Industry

C&S Wholesale Grocers, one of the largest wholesale grocery suppliers in the United States and owner of Piggly Wiggly stores in the South and Midwest, has recently made a strategic move and is ready to take over several grocery stores in Oregon as part of a proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons.

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From Dry January to Sober October, Non-Alcoholic Beverage Trend Extends throughout the Year

From Dry January to Sober October, sales of adult-oriented, non-alcoholic beverages are taking off throughout the year, as Gen Z consumers, older health-minded individuals and others increasingly prioritize wellness and moderation in their drinking habits.

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Alcohol Consumption Declines, as Consumers Look to Healthier Alternatives

Dry January is a time for consumers to take a step back and focus on limiting (if not completely cutting out) alcohol consumption to help with physical and mental health. Overall, consumers are drinking less alcohol and looking for healthy alternatives.

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Sprouts Kicks off 2024 With Spate of Store Openings

Sprouts Farmers Market is swiftly progressing toward its expansion goals for 2024. With a five-year plan targeting a 10% annual increase in its network, the grocery chain opened three stores in January alone, including locations in Port Charlotte and Miami-Coconut Grove, Florida, and Burtonsville, Maryland.

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Sprouts to Open Three New North Texas Stores in 2023

Arizona-based Sprouts Farmers Market is set to expand its footprint in North Texas. The company has confirmed its intentions to open three new stores in North Texas this year, situated in Rockwall, McKinney, and Fort Worth. Sprouts already operates 23 stores across North Texas.

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Sprouts Names New National Fruit Czar

Sprouts has promoted their own Daniel Spivey to new National Director of Produce for fruit. Having been with Sprouts nearly 10 years, Spivey served previously as the category manager for avocados, stone fruits and citrus, and has additional experience in operations and buying.

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Natural Grocers Launches 46th Store in Its Rocky Mountain Home State

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. finalized preparations last month for the launch of its newest store in Gunnison, Colorado. This marks the 46th storefront opening in its home state for the Lakewood, Colorado-based grocer, following a mid-November opening in Loveland.

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Fairfax Market Comes to Cleveland

Midwest grocer Meijer opened a Fairfax Market in Cleveland in mid-January marking their first “neighborhood” market outside of Michigan and their fifth store in Ohio.

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Giant Food Growing in Maryland

Giant Food, a regional grocery chain in greater Washington, D.C., is excited with the opening of a new store in Bethesda, Maryland, located at 5320 Zenith Overlook.

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H-E-B Continues North Texas Expansion in Melissa

H-E-B is actively expanding its presence in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. The company broke ground last month on a new store in Melissa, Texas, one of Collin County’s fastest-growing suburbs.

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Lafayette Welcomes Fourth Rouses Market

Rouses Markets opened its newest store in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday, January 25th. The grand opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony began at 8:00 A.M. at 1810 Camellia Boulevard.

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Bi-Rite Market to Open New Location in San Francisco in Spring

More than a year after it was supposed to debut, high-end specialty grocer Bi-Rite Market will officially open a location in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood in hopes to open the spring of 2024.

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Hannaford Secures Paradis Shop ‘n Save Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets is set to expand its presence with the acquisition of Paradis Shop ‘n Save Supermarkets locations in Fort Kent and Madawaska, Maine.

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KeHE’s New Miami Distribution Center Bringing Jobs and Economic Growth to Community

On January 17th, KeHE Distributors celebrated the grand opening of its new distribution center in the Miami, Florida area.

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DPI Specialty Foods Integration Update

As previously communicated, KeHE is incorporating DPI Specialty Foods data into their data services, KeHE CONNECT BI®.

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LA Mend – The Good Patch Graduates from Elevate Program

The Good Patch has graduated from the KeHE elevate™ program by reaching $1M in sales. The program is two years or once $1M in sales has been reached. Congratulations to The Good Patch for this huge accomplishment!

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UNFI Better for All Report

United Natural Foods had some significant callouts in its 13th annual Better for All Report, which details the company’s progress on social, environmental, and governance objectives, and 2024 does not look to be short on accomplishments, either.

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UNFI Network Optimization and Automation

UNFI progress in network optimization, including the consolidation of distribution centers and the expansion of automation, reflects its commitment to modernizing operations. The company’s investment in technology infrastructure is a forward-looking move to enhance profitability and growth in a dynamic market.

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Rainforest Distribution Acquires Associated Buyers

Rainforest Distribution Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire essentially all of the assets of Associated Buyers, LLC.

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AFS Picks Procurant for Produce Order Management Systems Boost

Associated Food Stores (AFS), a coalition of over 450 independent retailers in the western United States, has chosen Procurant, a collaborative software platform for retail grocers, to manage perishables purchasing and source-to-pay order management.

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Gelsons Market Partners with Clear Demand

Gelsons Market has chosen Clear Demand’s AI application to enhance operational efficiency and gain insights amidst evolving consumer preferences and heightened price sensitivity.

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Bristol Farms Newfound Irvine Location Closing

Bristol Farms Newfound Market, located in Irvine Spectrum Center, is set to close by early February, less than two years after its opening.

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Basic’s Market Farmington Location to Close End of January

After opening in July of 2022 with high hopes, unfortunately, after about 19 months Basics has decided to shutter the store citing lethargic sales.

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Tom Thumb Closes One Store; Reopens Another in Grapevine

A Tom Thumb grocery store in Grapevine, Texas is closing permanently this month. A spokesperson from parent company Albertsons says the company will continue to invest in the North Texas market.

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Threshold Shows are Back

Threshold will be having a tradeshow at Caesar’s Palace on May 9th, 2024. The successful 30/30 format is back!

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Achieving Missions: Ahold Delhaize Family Foundation

Expressing heartfelt gratitude, the Ahold Delhaize USA Family Foundation extends thanks for the substantial support received in 2024, surpassing $7.5 million.

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United Family Introduces 28-Day Wellness Challenge

The United Family launched a 28-Day Challenge to kick off the new year, offering a month of savings and prizes to customers embarking on their wellness journeys in 2024.

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Natural Grocers Marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day With Annual Fundraiser

Last month, Natural Grocers announced its support of the Jack and Jill of America Foundation (JJOAF) with an in-store fundraiser on January 15th.

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PRESENCE Market Ready Special Events and Showcase

Retail Success in 2024: 3 Steps to Growing Your Emerging Brand
Friday, March 15th at 8:30am
Anaheim Convention Center, Room 210C

Market Ready Showcase
Looking for cool new items at Expo West? Be sure to check out the Market Ready brand showcase!

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February 2024 Update from New Hope

Knowledge is Power at Expo West
Registration is open now for the leading trade show in natural & organic. Learn how we’re putting the power in your hands in 2024 through elite
education sessions and buyer-only hours

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – February 2024

We created Beacon Discovery as a way to help buyers navigate the many booths at Natural Products Expo. Now, Beacon Discovery is available for retailers, investors, and service providers to connect with brands like yours all year round.

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Milestones February 2024

PRESENCE New Hires and January 2024 Anniversaries

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PRESENCE Blogs

Reporting Services: Live Event Recap & Recording – 25 Minutes


Data Insights: Channel Trends & Foot-traffic Review December 2023 – 2 Minutes


10 Things to Include in a Retail Brand Sales Deck – 4 Minutes


The Art of Building a Positive Workplace Culture – 5 Minutes

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Help Wanted February 2024

February 2024 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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