May 2024

Colorado Suit To Be Heard Weeks Ahead of FTC Case Against Megamerger

Colorado has been granted permission to independently contest the $24.6 billion Kroger-Albertsons merger, with a hearing scheduled for August 12th. Following over an hour of arguments on March 25th, District Court Judge Andrew Luxen announced his intention to promptly deliver a ruling in the case.

 

 

Amazon Shifts Focus from “Just Walk Out” to Dash Cart Technology

Amazon has announced that it will be discontinuing its “Just Walk Out” technology, which utilizes AI to allow shoppers to check out autonomously at Amazon Go and Fresh stores. This decision is largely driven by customer feedback.

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Dom’s Kitchen & Market and Foxtrot Closure Shocks Chicago

Dom’s Kitchen & Market and Foxtrot Market abruptly ceased operations on Tuesday morning, April 23rd shocking both employees and their customers. The closure impacts 33 Foxtrot locations in Chicago, Austin, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

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Expanding Data Granularity

SPINS is committed to laying the foundation for the next generation of growth, providing dynamic data and actionable insights. Part of that commitment includes constant evaluation of our ecosystem, through data refresh and restatements.

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Remembering Robert “Rob” Morton

Robert “Rob” Morton, 56, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 14th, 2024 while on a work trip in Anaheim, California.

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After Boom and Bust, Could Hemp Market Be Stabilizing?

Could the hemp industry be on the cusp of a turnaround? After several years of volatility for U.S. hemp growers, prices and acreage in many states are beginning to stabilize or are rising modestly, according to the National Hemp Report, published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in April 2024.

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Connecticut Launches Price Gouging Inquiry in the Wake of FTC Report

The Federal Trade Commission issued a report accusing grocery chains of price gouging and now the Connecticut Attorney General is conducting an inquiry. The result may a be bill that gives the Attorney General more powers to fight this activity.

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DPI Integration at KeHE Moves to Final Stages

KeHE announced as part of their FOOD.FWD strategy, the completion of its acquisition of DPI Specialty Foods.

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UNFI Conventional Policy Harmonization Underway

UNFI recently communicated harmonized supplier policies and fees across their distribution center network (Natural and Conventional). This alignment is crucial in reducing complexity and bringing to life UNFI’s ONE company approach with their supplier partners.

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One UNFI Transformation Plan Improves Efficiency

This fall, select customers who pull from UNFI’s York, Pennsylvania DC will move to UNFI’s new Manchester, Pennsylvania facility. 

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UNFI Collaborates With Solutions Provided By Samsara

UNFI is taking another step in its transformation strategy, enhancing efficiencies related to both operations and sustainability through a new partnership with a tech provider.

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North Carolina to Welcome New Wegman’s Location

Wegmans announced plans to open a new location on the Ballantyne campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. This popular grocer, known for its exceptional customer service, restaurant-quality foods, comprehensive shopping experience, and competitive pricing, will be located on North Community House Road, on the east side of Ballantyne. 

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H-E-B Opens First Store in Fort Worth

San Antonio-based H-E-B Grocery Co. has unveiled its Alliance store in far north Fort Worth. It is the first H-E-B flagship banner in Fort Worth and the fifth in Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The retailer currently has six more North Texas locations in the pipeline.

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Central Market Broadway in San Antonio to Undergo Remodel

Central Market is embarking on a significant renovation project that will bring a fresh and bold new look to its Broadway store in San Antonio.

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Hy-Vee Acquires Strack & Van Til

Hy-Vee is moving eastward announcing their plans to purchase northwest Indiana based Strack & Van Til Food Market’s 22 grocery stores.

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New Seasons Market Opens Milwaukie

New Seasons Market unveiled their latest location on March 22nd in Milwaukie, Oregon. The 28,000 square foot store, located in the Milwaukie Marketplace, aims to eliminate food desserts in the area by providing a wide range of fresh and local products.

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Yokes Fresh Market Builds a New Store

Yokes Fresh Market, a beloved fixture in the region for decades, is proud to announce the near end construction of a new, state-of-the-art grocery store in Airway Heights. 

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United Supermarket Plans New Store for West Texas

The United Family announced plans for a new United Supermarkets in Andrews, Texas at the southwest corner of Highway 385 and NW 1500. Andrews is located in West Texas, approximately 30 miles east of the city of Odessa.

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Fry’s to Open New Location This Month

Fry’s Food Stores is broadening its presence in Queen Creek, Arizona, by introducing a second store set to open this month. The newest 123,000-square-foot Fry’s location will be situated at Queen Creek and Signal Butte roads.

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Tom Thumb to Open Only Major Grocery Store in Sunnyvale

Tom Thumb is set to open its first major grocery store in Sunnyvale, Texas, a suburban community approximately 15 miles east of downtown Dallas. This new store, scheduled to open in late 2025, will be a significant addition to the area.

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Gelson’s Appoints New CEO/President

Ryan Adams has been appointed as the new CEO and President of Gelson’s, headquartered in Encino, California, and operates 28 locations across Southern California. He is stepping into the role, succeeding John Bagan.

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Smart and Final Store Opening in Temecula

Smart & Final Extra! is opening a new store location on April 24th at 32937 Temecula Parkway in Temecula, California. 

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Imperial Distributors Announces Leadership Changes

Imperial Distributors Announces Leadership Changes
Imperial Distributors is pleased to announce key organizational changes to its leadership team, effective April 1st. 

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DoorDash Delivers: Wakefern Now Partnered

Wakefern Food Corporation, a retailer-owned cooperative, has expanded its offerings by partnering with DoorDash across its various banners.

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Portland Volunteer Day – Friends of Trees

In honor of Earth Day, some of the Portland PRESENCE Northwest team decided to volunteer for a local nonprofit, Friends of Trees.

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Fresh Thyme Market Has a Birthday Coming

Fresh Thyme Market is excited to celebrate their 10th birthday and is giving local bakeries the chance to win $5,000 for the best birthday cake recipe.

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Kroger, NGVC promote Earth Month

Several grocery stores celebrated Earth Day by extending their activities throughout the month of April.

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Feed Utah 2024 Triples Food Donations

Associated Food Stores teamed up with the Utah Food Bank in March for Feed Utah, a statewide food drive aiming to support Utahns facing hunger as many are still facing challenges due to inflation and high housing costs. 

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Bashas’ Has Long History of Supporting Arizona Food Bank

For over a decade, Bashas’ grocery store in Catalina, Arizona, has been a steadfast supporter of the Tri-Community Food Bank (TCFB). Each morning during the food bank’s operational hours, volunteers head to Bashas’ to collect food donations. 

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Raley’s and Bashas’ See Record Apple Donations for Annual Drive

Two grocery store divisions, Bashas’ in Arizona and New Mexico, and Raley’s in California and Nevada, hit a record high in their annual apple donations through the FirstFruits Farms’ Take a Bite Out of Hunger initiative.

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50,000 Pounds of Apples Donated by The United Family

The United Family donated more than 50,000 pounds of apples to food banks across Texas and New Mexico as part of the Take a Bite Out of Hunger program. The retailer has participated in the program for the past 14 years with its partner FirstFruits Farms.

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May 2024 Update from New Hope

Newtopia Now: Welcome to the Neighborhood
Are you a Buyer looking for the latest innovations shaping the future of human health? What about the products and business models making a positive environmental impact? Or brands with diverse products, Founders, and ideas? Or maybe you’re looking for the new face of natural beauty and holistic wellness?

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – May 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 May 2024

PRESENCE New Hires and April 2024 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted May 2024

May 2024 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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