June 2023

2023 Organic Industry Survey Shows Resilience of Organic Sector

Despite ongoing industry challenges including inflation, supply chain disruptions, increased competition, and a labor shortage “felt acutely by organic producers,” the organic products market grew at a rate of 4% in 2022 to reach overall sales of $67.6 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) 2023 Organic Industry Survey. Breaking $60 billion in total sales for the first time, OTA said its survey showed “another high-level mark for the resilient organic sector.”

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Plant Based Foods Mature

The plant-based market is maturing, while demand and the driving reasons behind adoption continues to evolve. The Plant Based Foods Association reports, 70% of U.S. population, are now buying plant-based products.

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Bringing Water and Dignity to the Women of the Thar Desert

PRESENCE, in partnership with Traditional Medicinals and Nioma Sadler, WomenServe Founder and Board Chair, has taken a small but meaningful step to help a community in the remote Thar dessert in India by building taankas which will quench thirst and so much more.

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PCC’s Vision for Growth and Stability Under New CEO’s Leadership

Following two abrupt exits from PCC’s previous CEO’s during the height of the COVID pandemic, Krishnan Srinivasan has taken up the difficult task of steadying PCC’s business, creating opportunities for innovation, strengthening ties with its employees, and communicating PCC’s mission more effectively.

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Natural Grocers Attributes Strong Q2 to High Level of Customer Engagement

An increase in customer count at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was the driving force behind a second-quarter 2.7% growth in comparable-store sales and testimony to the company’s ability to resonate with customers.

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Natural Grocers to Close Two Stores, Boost Overall Productivity

Natural Grocers announced last month, plans to close two stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of the retailer’s efforts to increase efficiencies across all stores. Both locations closed on June 27th.

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Natural Grocers Hits Kennewick

A new Natural Grocers is opening in Kennewick, Washington on July 12th, 2023 at 751 North Columbia Center Boulevard. This will be the first Natural Grocers to open in Southeastern Washington.

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Brookshire Grocery Invests in New POS Technology

Brookshire Grocery Company (BCG) is redesigning its point-of-sale system by upgrading its IT infrastructure to take advantage of cloud-based technology.

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New Seasons to Open Second Location in Hillsboro

New Seasons Market is set to open its 22nd store in Tanasbourne Town Center in Hillsboro, Oregon. The new store will be located at 11000 NE Evergreen Parkway, which was previously occupied by an Office Depot.

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Sprouting Across the Southeast: New Stores Opening in Virginia and Florida

Natural and organic grocer, Sprouts Farmers Market, is continuing its expansion in the Southeast with stores set to open in Virginia and Florida this year.

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ESG Reporting Requirements Updated

ESG disclosures aligned with the International Sustainability Standards (ISSB) will be a legal requirement for public companies starting in 2024.

The ripple effect of this is impacting private companies on multiple fronts.

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KeHE to Acquire DPI Specialty Foods

Grocery wholesaler KeHE Distributors plans to acquire DPI Specialty Foods, a Western U.S. specialty foods distributor, from food and beverage-focused private equity firm Arbor Investments.

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2023 KeHE Holiday Show

The 2023 KeHE Holiday Show will be hosted in Chicago on June 14th and 15th. The show will feature more than 800 exhibitors, 900 retail buyers, and thousands of industry leaders.

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UNFI Updates June 2023

UNFI 2024 Supplier Planning Meetings
UNFI has released their 2024 marketing rates and deadlines. Supplier Relationship Manager’s will be reaching out to you and your Distributor Account Executive to schedule a date for 2024 planning.

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H-E-B Launches Fresh Bites Convenience Store Banner, Expands True Texas Tacos

San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. is rebranding its convenience stores under a new banner called H-E-B Fresh Bites.

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Food Lion Focuses on Store Remodels

On May 10th, two dozen updated Food Lion stores in Wilmington, North Carolina reopened to the public, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renovations.

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C&S Wholesale Grocers Continues to Drive the Green Path Forward

C&S has many programs and initiatives underway that are driving their sustainability goals with a clear strategic action roadmap, The Green Path Forward.

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Lidl Leveling Up with New Stores In New York

Popular Germany-based retailer, Lidl, continues to expand its footprint in New York with plans to open its second Manhattan store that will be part of a mixed-income apartment building in the Chelsea section.

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Food City Expanding Footprint in Alabama

Virginia-based grocery retailer, Food City, will invest $90 million in opening six store locations in Huntsville, Alabama. With currently only one store chain in Alabama, the additional stores are expected to create about 1,350 jobs.

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Hannaford Welcomes New Blue Hill Location

Hannaford was busy in Blue Hill, Maine opening a new store location on May 12th. Located at 15 South Street, the grand opening follows Hannaford’s March acquisition of the store, which formerly operated as Tradewinds Marketplace and was supplied and supported by the Scarborough, Maine-based grocer.

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New Super 1 Foods Planned for Lafayette

Brookshire Grocery Co. has announced plans to open a new Super 1 Foods supermarket in Lafayette, Louisiana. The new store will be located at 2240 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, replacing a Shoppers Value store in the Marketplace Plaza shopping center.

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Locally Owned and Still Growing Strong

Dave and Gina Krieger, owners of Seven Grains Natural Market in Tallmadge, Ohio are celebrating 25 years in the natural/organic food business.

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Syracuse Says Goodbye to Natur-Tyme

Out of time as health food store, Natur-Tyme announces its store closing in coming months.

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Remembering Fred Neubauer

It’s with a saddened heart that we share that Fred Neubauer passed away suddenly on May 13th, 2023.

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King Soopers Diverts Nearly 20 Million Pounds of Produce from Landfills

King Soopers is on a mission to create communities free from hunger and food waste by 2025. They’re working to accomplish this through their Zero Hunger | Zero Waste program.

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Celebrate National Upcycling Day on June 24th

Did you know that an estimated 38% of the US food supply goes unsold or uneaten? This June 24th, in partnership with the Upcycled Food Association (UFA), we celebrate National Upcycling Day, highlighting the innovative yet practical solution to food waste: upcycling.

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‘Bring Your Own Bag’ Program Kicks off in Denver, Tucson

King Soopers and Fry’s supermarkets in Denver and Tucson will be piloting a “Bring Your Own Bag” program to increase the use of reusable shopping bags this summer.

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AFS Invests in AI Tech for Utah Hub

Associated Food Stores announced in May that it has contracted with Symbotic to implement the technology provider’s A.I.-powered robotic automation in its Utah distribution center.

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June 2023 Update from Natural Products Expo

New for 2023! Introducing the New Hope Innovation Experience. Co-located with Natural Products Expo East, this is THE place to learn about, engage with, taste, discuss, and even challenge the newest innovations that have the potential to gain ground with businesses and consumers and ultimately change the world.

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network

Beacon Discovery is the anytime-anywhere discovery and engagement platform for natural products brands and retailers with aligned priorities to find each other for business that positively impacts people and planet.

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New Arrivals – Ryland Grayson Fox

We welcomed another baby to the PRESENCE family!

Congratulations to our Retail Services Coordinator, Rachel Fox on the birth of her son. Ryland Grayson Fox was born on May 4th, 2023. He is 7lbs, 7oz, 21 inches.

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Milestones June 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and May 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted June 2023

June 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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