October 2023

Sprouts Boosts Planned Openings for 2024

Sprouts Farmers Market executives announced during Goldman Sach’s 30th annual Global Retailer Conference that they have plans to open 40 new retail locations in 2024. This comes after their 2023 goal to open 30 new retail locations, and they are on track to meet that number, said Sprouts CEO Jack Sinclair.

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Sprouts Farmers Market Plans to Double Store Count in Central Texas

Sprouts Farmers Market is embarking on an expansion campaign, with a particular focus on Central Texas, as it contemplates future store locations both to the north and south of Austin.

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Cencosud Moves Forward with The Fresh Market Expansion

The Fresh Market has unveiled plans to open 22 new store locations over the next two years, as disclosed in the latest quarterly earnings report from its parent company, South American retailer Cencosud.

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Cracking Down on Fraud: USDA Organic Enforcement Rules Take Full Effect in March 2024

Organic food is big business in the U.S. – sales of organic products topped $61 billion in 2022 – and the certified organic label fetches a premium price for producers. So much so that fraud from both domestic and imported sources had become a major concern among organic industry business owners, investors and advocates.

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Tis the Season for Sweet Treats

We are heading into the latter part of the candy season! Leading into the end of the year, households across the U.S. begin to up the ante when it comes to sugary treats.”

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Whole Foods Market Celebrates 20 Years as Only Certified Organic National Grocer

This year marks two decades since Whole Foods Market achieved its initial organic retail certification, ensuring its stores would meet the same requirements as USDA certified organic processing facilities.

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Publix Continues Pleasing Customers

Publix continues its reign as a customer service leader, securing the top spot on Newsweek’s 2023 America’s Best Customer Service list in the supermarket category for an impressive sixth consecutive year.

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INFRA Welcomes Eleven New Retailers into Membership

INFRA is thrilled to announce that the Board of Directors recently approved membership for 11 new retailers.

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Natural Grocers Revs up New Store Openings

In response to years of requests from the community, neighborhood organic grocer Natural Grocers is preparing to open a new store in Incline Village, Nevada, this winter.

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NGVC Named “Organic Month Headquarters”

For the eighth consecutive year, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage was named the nation’s “Organic Month Headquarters” and spent the month of September celebrating Organic Month.

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Brookshire Grocery Co. Acquires Three Diamond Foods Grocery Locations in Northwest Texas

Tyler, Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co. (BGC) announced it will acquire the Diamond Food Market stores located in Henrietta, Mineral Wells, and Aubrey, Texas.

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Big Plans for Lidl in The Big Apple

Lidl, the European discount supermarket chain, is ready to make its mark in the Bronx neighborhood of New York. This store expansion comes on the heels of several recent announcements regarding Lidl’s growing presence in the state.

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Animal Welfare Watchdogs Give Top Marks to Whole Foods Market, Sprouts

A report released in September by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) grades the 20 largest grocery retail outfits in the country on their responsibility to ensure farm animal welfare. Only two grocers received the highest “A” rating – Sprouts Farmers Market and Whole Foods Market.

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Sprouts Names James Bahrenburg as New Tech Czar

Last month, Sprouts Farmers Market named industry veteran James Bahrenburg Chief Technology Officer. Bahrenburg brings more than 35 years of food retail experience to the table.

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United Natural Food Breaks Ground on New Sarasota Distribution Center

UNFI announced it is breaking ground on a new state-of-the-art distribution center (DC), just north of Sarasota, Florida. The new DC replaces an aging facility and will incorporate the latest in leading warehouse technology to increase efficiency in selecting, packing, and loading processes.

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UNFI Third Party Billing Changes Effective October 1st

To continue delivering the quality service you expect and deserve, UNFI finds it necessary to make a slight adjustment to their administrative fee for third-party billing.

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H-E-B Opens Largest eCommerce Fulfillment Center

H-E-B opened its most extensive e-commerce fulfillment center in Katy, Texas outside of Houston last month. Spanning over 100,000 square feet, it boasts double the size of the typical fulfillment centers, aiming to enhance capacity, efficiency, and service quality for both digital and in-store customers.

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H-E-B Frisco Opens to Huge Crowds in North Texas

The new 118,000-square-foot H-E-B store is located at 4800 Main Street in Frisco, which is located roughly 25 miles north of Dallas.

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Met Market Opens 10th Location in Seattle’s Crown Hill Neighborhood

After more than two years in the making, the Metropolitan Markets Crown Hill location is finally open, making it their tenth store. The 32,810-square-foot space previously housed a Value Village.

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Giant Eagle Announces Artman as New CEO

Bill Artman has been named as the CEO of Giant Eagle after previously serving as interim CEO since March.

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August Proves to Be a Strong Month for Grocery E-commerce

The e-commerce sales were 9% higher in August verses previous year, totaling $9.3 billion. Of those sales, the pickup services offered by e-commerce were about three quarters of sales.

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Albertsons Getting “Flashy” With It

The new service by Albertsons offers customers who participate in grocery pickup to receive their grocery in 30 minutes or less. Albertsons is answering the needs of their busy customers who may not have the time to wait for pick-up or need a missing ingredient quickly for tonight’s dinner.

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Whole Foods Market U.K. Introduces New Review Process

Whole Foods Market introduced an updated supplier review process in the U.K. to make the onboarding process more efficient and rigorous. This innovative approach extends equal opportunities to both potential and established suppliers seeking to have their products featured at the seven Whole Foods Market stores in the U.K.

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Yokes Partners with DailyPay for Employee Retention

Yoke’s Fresh Markets has unveiled a powerful tool in its battle against employee turnover: DailyPay. This strategic partnership has boosted employee retention by an impressive 34%.

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Palko’s 40th Anniversary

We are excited to announce that Palko will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary at their 2024 Tabletop Show, May 18th to 19th.

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United Natural Foods Appoints Mario Maffie as Chief Information Officer

UNFI announced the appointment of Mario Maffie to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). Maffie will lead the company’s Information Technology (IT) team, oversee critical network systems integration work, and help accelerate the use of data and insights in support of UNFI’s customers and suppliers.

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UNFI’s Driver Ambassador Program Names Four Elite Drivers in 2023

UNFI recognized four of its associates as 2023 Elite Drivers of the Year as part of the Company’s Driver Ambassador Program. To help celebrate this achievement, as well as National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, each driver was awarded $10,000.

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October 2023 Update from New Hope

Expo East was in Philly last week…for the last time! After nearly 40 years, New Hope Network announced the end of the trade show. Despite the bittersweet news, the show was bigger and better than ever! With countless new special events, experiences, pavilions, and networking opportunities, it was a truly unforgettable week.

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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 to match buyers and brands.

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Milestones October 2023

PRESENCE New Hires and September 2023 Anniversaries

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Help Wanted October 2023

October 2023 PRESENCE Job Opportunities

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