June 2024

Whole Foods Market Unveils Ambitious Plan to Open 30 New Stores Annually

Whole Foods Market CEO Jason Buechel has confirmed the company’s commitment to its expansion strategy of opening 30 stores annually, including new formats such as the compact Daily Shop stores. This announcement was made during a recent discussion at the Milken Institute Global Conference, where Buechel joined industry leaders like Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen and The Food Industry Association President and CEO Leslie Sarasin.

Whole Foods Market Extends Partnership With UNFI Through 2032

United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI) announced recently that it has extended its wholesale partnership with Whole Foods Market until May 2032.

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Sprouts Sees Booming Q1 With Private Label Changes, More Customers

Sprouts specialty grocer reported a 4% rise in Q1 comparable sales last month and plans to open over 300 additional stores in key states.

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Sprouts Holds Strong, Eyes Whole Foods Market

In the bustling grocery industry, Sprouts Farmers Market’s CEO, Jack Sinclair, keeps a keen eye on the competition, especially Whole Foods Market. His strategic focus and vigilance highlight the competitive maneuvering essential to staying ahead in this fiercely contested market.

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Sprouts Impact Report Highlights Products, Planet, and People

Sprouts Farmers Market issued the results of the “2023 Impact Report” compiling the company’s progress toward its goals of developing Impactful Products, supporting a Thriving Planet, fostering Purposeful People and growing Healthy Communities.

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U.S. Organic Product Sales Near $70 Billion; All-Organic Trade Show to Debut in 2025 in Atlanta

Is it true that the growth rate in sales of certified organic bananas is now outpacing that of conventional bananas? According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA), the answer is yes.

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Summer Sauce

Condiments, dressings, and marinades play a crucial role in enhancing the flavors of our favorite summer dishes. From the tangy bite of ketchup and mustard to the exotic heat of sriracha and chimichurri, condiments add that extra zing to any meal, while dressings elevate simple salads into gourmet experiences, and marinades infuse proteins with deep, savory flavors. These products represent a $15B marketplace, growing incrementally $887M (+6%) over the past year.

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Shoppers Finally Seeing Relief as Grocery Prices Drop in Q2

Over the past year, grocery prices remained consistently above average until the beginning of Q2 2024 when we witnessed the first drop. Several categories experienced decreases of approximately 0.7%, notably meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, with eggs experiencing the most significant decrease at 7.3%.

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Market Basket Booming in Maine

Market Basket is currently hiring employees for its upcoming Topsham location, which will be opening this summer.

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New to Two Bridges: Brooklyn Fare Kitchen and Market Expands

Brooklyn Fare Kitchen and Market has opened a new 25,500-square-foot supermarket in Lower Manhattan. Situated at 227 Cherry Street in the Two Bridges neighborhood, this new location is on the ground floor of One Manhattan Square, a luxury condo building.

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Outfox Hospitality Files Chapter 7

Foxtrot convenience stores and Dom’s Kitchen & Market parent company, Outfox, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the District of Delaware in mid-May.

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Schnucks Closes Eatwell Markets

Schnucks has closed their Eatwell Market banners after a year in business. The only two locations opened in 2023 and closed their doors on June 2nd.

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Wheatsville Co-op in Austin to Close by 2026

After 48 years in operation, Wheatsville Co-op on Guadelupe Street in Austin will be forced to close due to declining sales and the planned light rail construction by the City of Austin.

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Downtown Spokane’s Main Market Faces Closure After a Hard Road to Recovery Post-pandemic

Downtown Spokane’s Main Market Co-op, a cornerstone of the community, is in danger of shutting its doors, posing a significant risk to food security in the city’s downtown core.

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CNBC Disruptor 50 List Includes Thrive Market

The annual CNBC Disruptor 50 list spotlights private companies pursuing major market opportunities. Among them, Thrive Market, an online grocer, has earned a spot on the prestigious 2024 list, emphasizing its dedication to innovation.

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Thrive Market Appoints New Chief Merchandising Officer

Recently, April Lane has been named the Chief Merchandising Officer at the online grocer, Thrive Market. In her new role, Lane manages the catalog merchandising for food, home, health, and beauty products, and oversees the Food Safety and Quality (FSQA) team.

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Bashas’ Banner Included in First Impact Report for the Whole Raley’s Fleet

Since obtaining Bashas’ in late 2021, Raley’s has expanded its impact report to cover all its divisions’ initiatives over the past two years. The Raley’s Companies, encompassing more than just the Raley’s banner, now has a comprehensive impact report reflecting this broader scope.

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Gelson’s Collaborates with Invafresh

Gelson’s teams up with Invafresh to upgrade in-store cooking and kitchen operations, focusing on boosting profits and cutting food waste. This expanded partnership integrates Invafresh’s tech across Gelson’s 27 specialty grocery stores across Southern California, simplifying tasks like reducing waste, ensuring rules are followed, and keeping a big recipe list.

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The Save Mart Companies Partners with Quad to Introduce In-store Technology Solutions

Quad/Graphics, Inc. teams up with The Save Mart Companies to launch the In-Store Connect by Quad retail media network. This initiative strategically places digital screens and kiosks in stores, offering more chances for retailers and consumer goods companies to share promotions, product details, and related options with shoppers.

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Erewhon Partners with Legion Technologies to Improve Labor Efficiency

Erewhon, a high-end California grocery store focused on health and wellness, has teamed up with Legion Technologies, a company providing workforce management solutions.

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UNFI Makes Retail Merchandising Strategy Changes

UNFI is focused on accelerating their customer-and supplier-driven strategy and positioning UNFI to operate more efficiently.

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UNFI Media Network Launched

UNFI announced the launch of the UNFI Media Network (UMN), their new retail media network designed specifically for their retail customers and supplier partners.

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KeHE Supply Chain Update

Effective May 6th, KeHE made changes to their supply chain organizational design to support “Food. Forward”. strategic plan and operational excellence initiatives. In effort to align KeHE’s supply chain to support an efficient and effective distribution network, they have moved to two regions: East and West.

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KeHE Category Management Update

Please see changes to the KeHE Category Management team below:

  • Chase Leo – Director, Sales on the Giant Eagle sales team.
  • Jennifer Onoja – Director on the Supplier Management team.
  • Gad Perdomo – Sr. Manager, Sales on the Alternate Channels team.
  • Kelly Stockdale – Manager on the Growth Solutions team.

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Natural Grocers Workers in Norman Vote to Unionize

Natural Grocers workers in Norman, Oklahoma, have voted by a narrow margin to unionize, joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000.

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H-E-B Opens E-Comm Fulfillment Center in Cibolo

H-E-B has expanded its supply chain capacity to support the growth of its curbside and home delivery services, now available at over 270 locations in Texas.

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Lipari Food Show A Great Success

For over 30 years, the Lipari Food Show has remained the premier place to get inspired and grow your retail or specialty foods business. This year’s show took place on Wednesday, April 17th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

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Jimbo’s Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Jimbo’s is celebrating its 40th anniversary in July, marking four decades of providing high-quality organic and natural foods to the San Diego, California, community.

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Brookshire Grocery Co. Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Super 1 Foods

This May marked the 40th anniversary of Super 1 Foods, a chain owned by Brookshire Grocery Company. The retailer first opened in the early ’80s to provide customers with low-priced grocery options.

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John Mackey Tells ‘The Whole Story’ in New Book

John Mackey’s latest book, The Whole Story: Adventures in Love, Life, and Capitalism, offers insights and lessons from the launch of Whole Foods Market to its $13.7 billion acquisition by Amazon. The Whole Foods Market Co-founder recounts 45 years of leadership and the evolution of the international brand.

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Cambridge Naturals Celebrating 50 Years

Cambridge Naturals commemorated its 50th year in business on Saturday, May 4th, marking a significant milestone since its establishment in 1974. Proudly serving as a family-owned local hub for health and wellness, the company reflects on its journey and commitment to the community.

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AFS Corporate Office Gets Water-Wise Makeover

Associated Food Stores (AFS) has implemented sustainable desert landscaping at its Salt Lake City corporate office, achieving significant water, cost, and labor savings. The previously grass-covered areas have been transformed with neutral-toned locally sourced stones, artistically placed boulders, and drought-tolerant desert grasses.

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NGVC Partners with American Red Cross for Tornado Disaster Relief

Natural Grocers helped support communities impacted by the recent rash of tornado activity in the Midwest by collecting donations for the American Red Cross at all stores in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

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Elevate Your Eating Experience with Harmons Cooking School

Fortunately, for Utah residents, the journey into the culinary arts can start right where they shop at Harmons Grocery. This local high-end chain offers more than just groceries; it provides an array of educational opportunities for food enthusiasts of all levels.

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CEO of C&K Market, Karl Wissmann’s Retires

As C&K Market bids farewell to its esteemed CEO, Karl Wissmann, who is retiring after years of dedicated service, the company prepares to welcome its new leader, Rocky Campbell, as his successor.

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June 2024 Update from New Hope

Better Sourcing Starts at Newtopia Now!
From personalized matchmaking to interactive content, innovative activations and elevated networking opportunities, Newtopia Now was built to connect buyers and brands in new ways.

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – June 2024

We created Beacon Discovery as a way to help buyers navigate the many booths at natural products industry events. 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 June 2024

PRESENCE New Hires and May 2024 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted June 2024

June 2024 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

 

 

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