May 2023

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Natural and Organic Industry Set to Surpass $300 Billion in Sales in 2023, Despite Slower Growth, Inflation

The U.S. natural and organic products industry is on pace to surpass $300 billion in total industry sales in 2023, despite slower growth and inflation, according to early estimates by Nutrition Business Journal.

Presenting the data at Natural Products Expo West in March, New Hope Network SVP and Market Leader Carlotta Mast said, “This would represent a doubling of industry sales over the last decade. That’s huge. We are a sizeable, impactful, meaningful industry. We’re not a fad anymore. We’re not this niche industry.”

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Whole Foods Market CEO Jason Buechel Speaks to Axios, Reuters

Jason Buechel, the CEO of Whole Foods Market, took part in a fireside chat at the second annual Axios What’s Next Summit, an event that highlights innovators who are shaping the future of work.

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Whole Foods Market Restructures

In late April, Whole Foods Market laid off hundreds of workers while restructuring the organization with a focus on streamlining regional operations. The chain will decrease its operating regions from nine to six and will further centralize some units within its operations division.

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Amazon Sees Growth in Grocery

Amazon had a healthy fourth quarter, showing a 13% sales increase year-over-year. With this, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, sees the benefit to the continued focus and growth of the company’s grocery business which has been in process for almost 20 years.

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Whole Foods Market Locations in Denver Debut Next Gen Tech

Contactless shopping and payment solutions are now available at select Whole Foods Market stores in Denver, Colorado, courtesy of Amazon.

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Sprouts CEO Unruffled by Kroger, Albertsons Merger

Sprouts Farmers Market CEO Jack Sinclair’s remarks at a recent event where he was being honored indicate he is unshaken by the proposed merger of two grocery giants.

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Erewhon Culver City Grand Opening

Erewhon Natural Markets, the popular organic and natural food store, opened its ninth location in Culver City on March 15th.

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Expanding Data Granularity

As part of our P3 refresh, released on April 10th, 2023, SPINS evaluates the product hierarchy and identified an opportunity to expand attribution coding by introducing 14 NEW attributes.

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Whole Foods Market Explores Opening Off-Site Kitchens

Whole Foods Market is evaluating the profitability of buying commercial kitchens that would make prepared meals for its food bars and refrigerated cases

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“Greenhushing” and Effects on Sustainability Efforts

“Greenhushing” or “secret sustainability” is when a company decides to keep quiet about their environmental achievements and programs for fear of being labeled Greenwashing among other concerns. 

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Dairyflation

Although the state of inflation in the U.S. seems to be leveling off, dairy remains unaffected. As of January 2023, dairy prices continue to steadily climb.

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New Seasons Market and Dairy Co-op Plan to Drive Climate Action in Oregon

New Seasons Market has teamed up with the Tillamook County Creamery Association to launch a regenerative agriculture project aimed at revitalizing the land and boosting the health of livestock.

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Natural Grocers’ Private Label Offerings Grow

Colorado-based Natural Grocers is expanding its house brand portfolio with new and upcoming offerings across several food categories. 

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KeHE’s Emerging Brands Alliance 2023 Grant Program

The Emerging Brands Alliance will award one $50,000 Emerging Brands Grant on September 10th, 2023, in Las Vegas. 

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UNFI Announces Elevation of Two Senior Leaders

UNFI announced the elevation of two senior leaders to better align leadership teams and resources to drive its customer-centric strategy and transformation agenda.

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UNFI Overpulls Enhancements

UNFI has completed efforts to enhance Overpull deductions, allowing consolidation of deduction invoices and amounts, while providing increased visibility into DC specific activities generating deduction amounts.

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UNFI Solar Investment in Howell

UNFI announced the completion of its largest solar array investment to date at its Howell, New Jersey distribution center. The 3.2-megawatt roof mounted solar array is the company’s eighth solar installation and is nearly three times larger than any previous UNFI installation.

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New Kroger Fulfillment Center Opens in Colorado

The Kroger Company, America’s largest grocery retailer, currently services 11 million customers daily across their multiple banner names and will grow that number with the opening of their eighth grocery delivery fulfillment center.

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H-E-B Launches Credit Cards with Unlimited 5% Cash Back on H-E-B Brands

San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. launched its first H-E-B and Central Market Visa credit cards. Both cards offer 5% cash back on H-E-B-brand products and 1.5% on all other purchases at H-E-B, plus unlimited cash back.

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Coborn’s New Banner Purchase

Coborn’s has made their first jump into the Illinois market. Coborn’s has entered into an agreement to purchase Sullivan’s Foods.

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Wakefern Names Next President

Following a rigorous national search, Wakefern Food Corp. announced that Mike Stigers will assume the role as President effective June 1st.

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Food Lion President Appointed to Federal Advisory Committee

President Joe Biden has selected Food Lion President, Meg Ham, to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

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The Turnip Truck: Most Valuable Market in Music City

The Turnip Truck is ranked as the #1 Best Grocery Store in Nashville by Eat This, Not That. 

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Rouses Reveals Remodel of Youngsville Store in Lafayette Parish

Executives from Rouses Markets and city officials assembled to commemorate the grand reopening of Rouses Market in the city of Youngsville, in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana.

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Fig & Favor Now Open in Dallas’ Hardwood District

A new small-format boutique store, called Fig & Favor Market, is now open in Dallas’ Harwood District. The market includes meals on the go, snacks, coffee, and more.

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Food Front NW Closing Doors after 51 Years

After 51 years serving the great Northwest community, Food Front NW on 2375 NW Thurman Street in Portland, Oregon, closed their doors. The last day of business was Monday April 24th.

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New Earth Market Approved as a Blue Zone Project Grocery Store

New Earth Market in Yuba City was approved as a Blue Zone Project grocery store.

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May 2023 Update from Natural Products Expo

Save the date for Philly 2023!
Start planning now to join us for Natural Products Expo East. The industry event you know and love will be back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 20th to September 23rd, 2023!

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Sprouts to Nix Single-Use Plastic Bags Within the Year

In the growing trend of retailers banning single-use plastics, Sprouts is next in line to fully eliminate single-use plastic bags by the end of 2023.

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H-E-B Celebrates Earth Month with Plastic Bag Recycling Push

In celebration of Earth Month, H-E-B launched new initiatives to further its commitment to reducing waste and recycling more in communities across Texas.

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Bashas’ Takes a Bite out of Hunger

Bashas’ was again selected by FirstFruits to be involved in their “Take a Bite Out of Hunger” program along with Raley’s for 2023.

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Staff of Life Donates to Second Harvest Food Bank

Staff of Life Natural Foods located in Santa Cruz and Watsonville, California recently partnered with Smart Chicken to donate over four tons of chicken to Watsonville Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Milestones May 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and May 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted May 2023

May 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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