January 2024

Sprouts and Natural Grocers Set to Outpace a Mostly Flat Grocery Market for 2023

Sprouts and Natural Grocers Set to Outpace a Mostly Flat Grocery Market for 2023
Investors in 2023 might have found better returns in low-interest savings accounts than in the stocks of food retailing companies, except for a few exceptions including Sprouts Farmers Market and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.

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Wegmans to Widen Retail Footprint

Wegmans is embarking on an ambitious journey to expand its retail presence, unveiling plans for six new locations that strategically enhance its footprint along the East Coast.

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New Year Resolutions

The new year is upon us. A clean slate, fresh start, and the time of year some challenge themselves with resolutions to carry on through the year. Whether it’s a point to save more, change/improve your diet, increasing exercise regimen, or pulling back on things like sugar and alcohol intake, it’s a personal goal based on what you believe your life needs more or less of. Setting a New Year’s resolution is an incredibly common practice, especially in the U.S.

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Is 2024 the Year Regenerative Agriculture Takes Root?

In 1942, J.I. Rodale first popularized the term organic in the U.S. with the launch of Organic Farming and Gardening Magazine. Some 45 years later, in the 1970s, J.I.’s son Robert Rodale introduced the phrase “regenerative organic.” Robert’s goal was to describe an approach to farming that combined organic practices with a more holistic approach to land management and a focus on rebuilding soil health.

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Grocery E-commerce Sales Decline in Q3

Q3 is showing a decline in regional online grocery services. This decline is most likely contributed to consumers returning to in person shopping as well as competitive online grocery services.

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2024 Macro Trends Predicted by KeHE

Seven key food and beverage market macro trends KeHE experts are predicting for 2024

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Natural Grocers Reveals 2024 Predictions

The Colorado-based grocery retailer recently unveiled its Natural Grocers 2024 Trends, encompassing 12 trends across Health and Wellness, Body Care and Beauty, Food and Beverage, and Ecologically Thoughtful categories.

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Whole Foods Market Relocates in the Mad City

On Wednesday December 13th, Whole Foods Market opened their new relocated store in Madison, Wisconsin. The new store is located on the city’s Westside replacing the original smaller location.

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New Whole Foods Market Coming to Connecticut

Whole Foods Market is set to expand its presence in Connecticut with the opening of a new store in South Windsor on January 17th. The store, located in The Shops at Evergreen Walk alongside retailers like Apple, Old Navy, and Williams-Sonoma, will be Whole Foods’ fifth location in the Hartford area.

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Whole Foods Market to Anchor 22-acre Development in Arkansas

Whole Foods Market has unveiled plans to anchor a $112 million mixed-use development in Pinnacle Hills, Arkansas. The 37,000-square-foot store will be complemented by an additional 43,500 square feet of retail space and a 350-unit apartment complex on 22-acres. 

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Whole Foods Market Takes Steps To Protect Pollinators

Whole Foods Market has introduced a new pollinator policy for its fresh produce and floral purchasing, acknowledging the vital role that pollinators play in the food system and the environment. The key elements of this policy are set to be implemented by 2025.

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New Spot for Albuquerque NGVC Boasts More Space, Selection, Services

Natural Grocers has relocated their Albuquerque store from 4420 Wyoming Boulevard NE to a larger location less than a half mile away at 4625 Wyoming Boulevard NE. The original location closed on December 11th with a grand re-opening on December 14th for the new location. 

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Amazon Pilots Fee Free Grocery Delivery Program

Amazon has announced it’s piloting a new add-on fee free grocery delivery program for Prime members in three U.S. cites. Prime members in Denver, Colorado; Columbus, Ohio; and Sacramento, California can purchase the monthly add-on for $9.99 allowing them to receive unlimited fee free deliveries over $100 from Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market.

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Sprouts Partners with Uber Eats

One of the largest specialty retailers of fresh, natural, and organic food in the U.S., Sprouts is partnering with Uber Eats to bring online ordering and delivery to their consumers. 

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H-E-B’s Discount Banner Joe V’s Opens New Store in Katy

H-E-B held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting in December for a new Joe V’s Smart Shop in in Katy, Texas. The 55,000-square-foot store is the 10th location within the Houston area.

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Brookshire Brothers Partners eGrowcery for eCommerce Platform

Brookshire Brothers has chosen to integrate digital tools from eGrowcery into its online ordering and fulfillment operations, joining the ranks of independent retailers leveraging this e-commerce platform. Brookshire Brothers’ transition to the platform is scheduled for January 1st, 2024.

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FRESH by Brookshire’s to Open Third Location in Longview

Brookshire Grocery Co. confirmed plans to build a new FRESH by Brookshire store in Longview, Texas. 

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INFRA Welcomes 14 New Members

INFRA recently announced the addition of 14 new members to their retail family and they include…

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UNFI Insights Update

UNFI Insights equips brands with interactive sales and inventory dashboards to help you leverage data for daily decision-making. UNFI Insights’ interactive dashboards make it simple to track trends over time or drill down by retailer, location, or item to spot new opportunities and identify issues that need your attention.

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KeHE’s TRENDfinder Event Reveals 44 Golden Ticket Winners

Out of 1,000 applicants, KeHE selected 44 Golden ticket winners in their recent virtual TRENDfinder™ event. KeHE is offering supplier promotional programs free of charge to the recipients. Additionally, seven brands were identified as potential participants in KeHE elevate™, which provides a platform of growth for select young and leading-edge brands.

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Kroger and Gatik Launch Autonomous Truck Delivery in Texas

Kroger has formed a partnership with autonomous B2B logistics company Gatik to integrate autonomous trucks into its delivery operations in Texas. Under this multi-year commercial collaboration, Kroger will utilize Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks to transport fresh products from its advanced Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC) in Dallas to various retail locations.

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Harvest Health Goes Big

Harvest Health opened it’s fourth location at 12683 Greenly Street in Holland Township, Michigan on Wednesday, December 20th.

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PRESENCE Blogs

Balancing Act: Navigating the Holidays as a VP of HR – 9 Strategies for Success and Joy

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Nugget Sister Stores Receive Local Applause

Nugget Market, a 16-store chain in Northern California recently received local press acknowledgment for their sister stores Sonoma Market and Forklift by Nugget in Cameron Park.

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Volunteer Day in the PNW

It’s that time of the year again where December is about over and there is sheer panic in the Pacific Northwest!!! The team realized they had not yet used their Volunteer Day that PRESENCE so generously gives each of its employees every year; an opportunity to give back to our communities, to discover new volunteer organizations and to be reminded of how Giving our hometown of Spokane, Washington is!

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January 2024 Update from New Hope

Empower your future at Expo West
Registration is open now for the leading trade show in natural & organic

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – January 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 January 2024

PRESENCE New Hires and December 2023 Anniversaries

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New Arrivals January 2024

We welcomed more babies to the PRESENCE family!

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Help Wanted January 2024

January 2024 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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