November 2023

2023 Industry Challenges

Several challenges faced the grocery industry in 2023, including inflation, supply-chain disruptions, and labor shortages. Despite a decrease in inflation, consumers are still spending significantly more on groceries, leading to a shift in buyer approach. Rising capital expenditures have put pressure on profitability, and the labor market continues to be a challenge for grocery retailers. Let’s assess the impact to the market…

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UNFI President Steps Down

Christopher Testa has stepped down as President of United Natural Foods Inc. CEO Sandy Douglas will take over the dual role of CEO and President.

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C&S Wholesaler to Purchase 413 Retail Stores

C&S Wholesale Grocers, LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase 413 stores, eight distribution centers and two offices that have become available due to The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Companies Inc. merger.

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Two Films, One Message: The Solution to Human and Environmental Health is Right Under Our Feet

Two new feature-length documentary films, Organic Rising and Common Ground, released in October, demonstrate clearly that the time is now for industry, government and the public to fully embrace the potential of organic and regenerative agriculture.

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Whole Foods Market Unveils Top 10 Food Trends for 2024

Whole Foods Market has unveiled its ninth annual collection of food trend forecasts, drawing from the insights and assessments of its internal trends council.

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Wegmans Welcomes New Manhattan Store

In a remarkable move, a brand-new Wegman’s supermarket is set to open its doors on October 18th at Astor Place in Greenwich Village, marking an unusual convenience for Manhattan residents.

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USA Today Announces Best Grocery Store in America

The Fresh Market has been honored with the title of Best Grocery Store in America for the third consecutive year in the USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards.

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First Store in the World to Achieve Zero Carbon Certification: Amazon Fresh Did That!

Amazon Fresh in Seattle achieved a first, the first grocery store in the world to receive and achieve a Zero Carbon Certification.

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Amazon Go – Going Forward With New Washington Location

A new Amazon Go location has opened near Puyallup, Washington, even though three Seattle locations have closed over the past few months.

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Publix Plans to Expand

Publix Super Markets is gearing up for a significant expansion this fall, including a notably larger store in its home state of Florida. The upcoming Publix location in Lakeland, Florida, is set to open on November 9th, and it’s a sizeable 55,000 square feet.

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It’s Always “Sprout”y in Philadelphia

Sprouts Farmers Market is poised for substantial growth in the Philadelphia area, marking the five-year milestone since its arrival in the region. 

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Spate of Store Openings Sparks Sprouts Hiring Spree

Sprouts Farmers Market is actively seeking about 400 new employees who are passionate about fresh, natural, and organic products to staff their four upcoming grocery stores.

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Supply Chain Woes Spark Eco-Friendly Innovation for Grocery Chain

For years, the company’s design and construction teams had relied on steel to achieve this particular look and layout. However, recent logistical issues with steel supply prompted the project team to explore engineered wood for a new location in Norwalk, California. 

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Sprouts Launches SoCal Distribution Hub

Sprouts Farmers Market opened its newest distribution center last month in Southern California, situated in Fullerton, to cater to 95 Sprouts stores within a 250-mile radius of the facility. 

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Chicago Looks at Municipally Owned Grocery Stores

New Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced that the city is exploring the opening of municipally owned grocery stores to provide relief in longtime food deserts. The proposed venture is in partnership with the nonprofit Economic Security Project. 

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NCG Brings on More Members

The National Co+op Grocers Association (NCG) is growing again.

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Schnucks Fresh Banner Expands with Second Store

Schnucks Fresh is a new concept banner that the chain launched in 2021 in Jasper, Indiana. Their second store opened on October 25th in Oak Grove Village in Missouri. The store is 23,000 square feet with a special focus on fresh produce, meat, seafood, deli, and bakery departments.

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H-E-B Announces Plans for Three New North Texas Stores

H-E-B is officially full steam ahead with new stores in the big four counties of Denton, Collin, Dallas, and Tarrant in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. 

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H-E-B Releasing Customer Data for Purchase Through Circana

Beginning this month, H-E-B’s new Vendor Information Portal™ will provide exclusive delivery of H-E-B shopper and sales analytics through Circana, the new name for IRI and NPD following their merger in August 2023.

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Foxtrot Opens Fourth Austin Location on the Drag at UT Campus

Foxtrot, an upscale convenience retailer and café concept, opened its fourth Austin, Texas last month on the University of Texas campus.

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Foodland Closes One of Oldest Stores

Foodland Hawaii has decided to close one of its oldest and endearing iconic neighborhood stores. It was announced last week that Foodland Super Markets will close its School Street location. 

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Rouses Markets Plans New Stores for Louisiana and Mississippi

Rouses Markets is gearing up to unveil its third grocery store in Slidell, a city on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The new store is part of a substantial $100 million investment in growth, development, and store renovations over the next two years.

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Associated Food Stores Makes List of Top-Earning Co-ops

National Cooperative Bank announced last month their listing of the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses for 2022. Salt Lake City, Utah-based Associated Food Stores ranked in the top quarter, coming in at 24. 

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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Opens New Store in Twin Falls

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage held a grand opening of its new store in Twin Falls, Idaho on October 18th, 2023. Located at 1933 Fillmore Street in Twin Falls, Idaho. The new store marks the company’s sixth location in the state of Idaho.

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Fall is Full of Activity for Natural Grocers

There’s no shortage of activity this fall with Colorado-based Natural Grocers. The retailer opened its latest store in Twin Falls, Idaho, on October 18th, increasing the state’s store count to six.

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Latest Food Packaging Innovations

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in the food packaging industry. With a growing emphasis on sustainability, functionality, and convenience, manufacturers and researchers have been developing innovative packaging solutions to meet the changing needs of consumers and the environment.

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Gelson’s to Build Charging Stations

Gelson’s has finalized a partnership with Rove, operators of full-service electric vehicle charging centers to provide food and beverage services. ReCharge by Gelson’s will be offering coffee service, hot and cold snack and meal options, poke bowls and sushi, sandwiches and wraps, salads, charcuterie and cheese plates, and a large assortment of single-service and multi-pack cold beverages. 

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UNFI Goes EV in California

United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) has taken a significant step towards a cleaner and more efficient delivery system, just in time for the bustling holiday season in Sacramento and Gilroy, California. The company has unveiled two battery-electric semi-trucks and five regenerative electric refrigerated trailer systems, marking a commitment to eco-friendly logistics. 

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UNFI Update November 2023

  • UNFI Accounts Payable Best Practices Update
  • 2024 UNFI Selling Show Schedule Released
  • UNFI Personnel Updates

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KeHE DPI Integration Update

At the end of June, KeHE announced as part of their FOOD Strategy, the completion of its acquisition of DPI Specialty Foods.

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November 2023 Update from New Hope

The chase ends at Expo West! The focal point of the CPG industry, Expo West brings the largest collection of emerging and pioneering natural and organic brands to Anaheim, California every spring. Come to empower your mission through product discovery and unearth your next big seller on the trade show floors. Come to empower YOUR future.

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Beacon Discovery by New Hope Network – October 2023

Beacon Discovery is the platform for natural products discovery that combines New Hope Network’s standards for ingredients, transparency, and integrity with robust filtering powered by SPINS to match buyers and brands.

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Milestones November 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and October 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted November 2023

November 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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