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Bridget Goldschmidt

Managing Editor

Bridget Goldschmidt is Progressive Grocer's managing editor.


September 2019

Brand-new pavilion showcases hot trend and intriguing products beckon, while regulatory challenges persist
Expo East Panel  Democritization Healthy Foods
Seth Goldman, of Honest Tea, Beyond Meat, plans to make such items more accessible
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February 2021

1st 100% Recyclable Grocery Plastic Bag Alternative Debuts Greentote

DS Smith’s Greentote is modular, moisture-resistant and food-contact safe

PA FFFI Grants Available to Grocers Across State Sprankle's Healthy Food

Program aims to bring healthy food to underserved areas

Giant Cos., Rodale Institute Team on Regenerative Organic Agriculture Rodale Institute

Partnership accelerates grocer’s commitment to healing the planet

Presidente Supermarkets to Open 7 Stores in 2021 Hispanic Florida

Move part of Florida independent grocer’s rebooted expansion effort

Reasor’s Rolls Out Automated Salad Station Sally Chowbotics DoorDash

Dubbed 'Sally,' 1st-in-region robot provides fresh custom options

The Fresh Market to Spotlight Women-Owned Brands March Women’s History Month International Women's Day

Month-long March celebration features day of free cupcakes

The Save Mart Cos. Reveals 2020 Store Manager of the Year Deborah Woodcock Standing Tall Award COVID-19

FoodMaxx’s Deborah Woodcock receives honor

Dollar General Seeks Possible Successor to CEO Todd Vasos: Report Jeff Owen

COO Jeff Owen said to be among those under consideration

Seafood Sales Depend on Health, Sustainability, Cooking Know-How FMI Power of Seafood 2021

FMI shares insights in annual report on category

BrandSpark International Reveals 2021 Most Trusted Consumer Product Brands

Awards bestowed across 167 categories, based on consumer survey

CPGs Assert Need to Protect Stressed Supply Chains Consumer Brands Association

Report recommends establishment of national office to coordinate public-private strategy

Green Way Markets Opens 2nd Store Allegiance Retail Services

Independent banner comes to Ridgewood, New Jersey, replacing Kings Food Market

Danone to Acquire Plant-Based Brand Follow Your Heart Earth Island

Partnership will aid goal to increase segment sales, availability of products

Wakefern Food Corp. Promotes 2 Within C-Suite Neil Falcone Karen Meleta

Falcone named CFO; Meleta helming communications

New York Indy Rolls Out 30-Day Health Challenge Green Way Market of Cross River New York

Green Way Markets of Cross River offering weekly tips, healthy recipes and motivation

Target Included in Miami Mixed-Use Development CentroCity

Construction on CentroCity to begin this summer

Product of the Year USA Reveals 2021 Awards Aldi CVS Health

Annual program presents winners in 41 categories

Ideoclick Extends E-Commerce Platform Support to Instacart, Walmart and Target

Single-vendor solution offers cohesive cross-platform online advertising strategies

Hershey Aims to Lead Better-for-You Confection Segment Plant-Based

Company entering into R&D relationship with plant-based food ingredient company

Organic Garage Acquiring Plant-Based Cheese Company Future of Cheese

Canadian independent to enter hot growth category

The Fresh Market Taps Invatron Fresh-Ordering Software

Solution will help with demand planning and replenishment

Issa Brothers Complete Asda Acquisition Walmart

Walmart revealed deal last October

The Good Food Institute Debuts New Brand & Website Alternative Proteins

International nonprofit embracing alternative-protein solutions

LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace

Despite gains in recent years, the food and consumables industry’s LGBTQ+ workforce is still vulnerable to discrimination

Ahold Delhaize USA Grows Micro-Fulfillment Capabilities E-Commerce Supply Chain

Peapod Digital Labs taps Swisslog, AutoStore for pilot

Stop & Shop Boosts Seafood Sourcing Transparency Ocean Disclosure Project

Grocer teams with Ocean Disclosure Project to share information on sources

BJ’s Adds Shopping App Features E-Commerce

Warehouse club chain aims to offer greater convenience, value and personalization

Food Lion Names 2020 Store Manager of the Year Reggie Beamon

Reggie Beamon, of Washington, D.C., gets top honor

Dean & DeLuca Emerges From Bankruptcy

Company seeks to reopen locations

Wakefern Next to Go ‘Beyond the Bag’ Closed Loop Partners ShopRite

Retailer cooperative joins sustainability effort

Website Offers New for Dieters to Shop Sifter Thomas and Andrew Parkinson

Sifter also allows users to choose products based on medical need or lifestyle

American Frozen Food Institute Elects New Board Julia Sabin

The J.M. Smucker Co.’s Julia Sabin is now chair

Commitments encompass health, transparency, waste and climate

Cardenas Markets Appoints Chief Administration Officer Prabash Coswatte

Prabash Coswatte was previously CIO at independent grocer

United Supermarkets Hopes for ‘Rave’  Restaurant Reviews Rave On Buddy Holly Hall

Eatery debuts in Lubbock, Texas’ Buddy Holly Hall

DDI Hiring 140K+ Driver Partners in 2021 Gig Economy Aaron Hageman

Pandemic has created greater demand

Indy Grocers Cheer Legislation to Grow SNAP Online Purchasing

Proposed laws would remove participation obstacles, create technical assistance center

2021 Outstanding Independent Awards

Progressive Grocer pays tribute to 21 exemplary retailers that rose to the occasion during challenging times, including one forward-looking concept that’s eager to expand

Vallarta Supermarkets Provides Meatless Items for Lent Beyond Meat

Chain touts plant-based, seafood options for Feb. 17-April 3 observance

Registration Open for 2021 Sweets & Snacks Expo

The show will take place in Indianapolis this June

Independent Grocers Urge Lawmakers Not to Pass $15 Federal Minimum Wage

NGA letter notes higher pay would disproportionately affect small businesses

Peapod Digital Labs Commits to Diversity & Inclusion CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

Pledge signed by division presidents covers workplace interactions

2021 NGA Show Will Be in Person Independent Grocers

Conference and expo for independent grocers will take place at Vegas' Paris Hotel and Casino

Schwan’s Co. Names COO Julie Francis Brian Schiegg

Julie Francis transitions to newly created role; Brian Schiegg hired to succeed her

GMDC|Retail Tomorrow to Hold 2021 Virtual Event Series Housewares

1st meetings offer connectivity with International Housewares Association

Fetch Rewards Adds Marie Quintana to Board of Directors

Business leader has CPG marketing background

United Supermarkets CEO to Retire Robert Taylor Sidney Hopper

Robert Taylor will be succeeded by Sidney Hopper

NCA to Present 2021 Confectionery Leadership Awards Peter Kempton Jr. Maureen F. Keenan

CVS’ Maureen F. Keenan, TravelCenters of America’s Peter Kempton Jr. are winners

Albertsons Warehouse Workers Vote to Strike

COVID-19 safety issues cited at Arizona facility

Stop & Shop Launches Walk-Up Grocery Locker Pickup Service Boston

Contactless solution now available at Boston store

Ingles Posts Higher Q1 Sales, Net Income Coronavirus

Pandemic gains continue for regional grocer

Stakeholder Coalition Reveals Recycling Blueprint Consumer Brands Association Recycling Leadership Council

CPG industry-led plan outlines shared responsibility by all partners

Merchants Distributors Moves to Mixed-Case Fulfillment System Demantic Alex Lee Wholesaler

Demantic solution will create highly efficient shelf-ready pallets

E-Commerce Platform Rosie Gets Set to Grow Avenue Growth Partners Series A Financing

Company closes $10M round of Series A financing

Hy-Vee Introduces ‘Healthy Heart, Healthy You’ Campaign Dietitians

Free weekly virtual events led by dietitians

Southeastern Grocers Marks Black History Month With Donations Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program

Grant program aids organizations supporting minorities

NGA, FMI Urge Grocers to Support Creation of Nutrition Incentive Program Solutions

Orgs maintain that systems are needed for food program transactions and reporting

Plant-based Product Shopping Platform Debuts 2-Day Shipping E-Commerce

Vejii Express offers expanded selection of perishable and frozen items via UNFI

Good Catch Lands at Whole Foods Prepared Food Sections Gathered Foods Plant-Based Tuna Salad

Retailer serves up brand’s plant-based deli-style tuna salad

Vertical Farming Co.’s Produce Grows at Giant Eagle Fifth Season Leafy Greens

Fifth Season items now at more than 75 of grocer’s stores

The Fresh Market Launches 1st Monthly Magazine TFM: The Magazine

Debut issue offers seasonal recipes and gourmet meal ideas

V-Day Still Prime Occasion for Chocolate and Candy National Confectioners Association

Pandemic hasn’t canceled lovers’ holiday, study finds

Walmart Awards 1st Round of Racial Equity Grants

$14.3M going to various nonprofits

Giant Co. Debuts All Set in a Box Meal Solution

Offerings for families are hot and ready to eat

January 2021

Southeastern Grocers Delays IPO Harveys Winn-Dixie

Grocer gave no reason for move

Healthy Living Market and Café Debuts Chef-Driven Food Program HL Fresh

HL Fresh features rotating menu items made in-house

Hy-Vee CEO Randy Edeker Receives Pharmacy Award 2021 Legislative Champion Award Iowa Pharmacy Association

2021 Legislative Champion Award recognizes his actions during pandemic

Citarella Taps Mercato for Grocery Delivery E-Commerce

2 locations now live; others in pipeline

Food & Consumables Industry Advancing LBGTQ Inclusion Corporate Equality Index Human Rights Campaign

Many companies in sector receive top score on Corporate Equality Index

NGA Foundation, PepsiCo Team on Scholarship Executive Leadership Development Program Independent Grocers

Program aims to provide more access for women, minority candidates

Grocery TV Now at 1,500+ Locations

Digital advertising network aims to be in 3,600 stores by year-end

Krasdale Foods Reveals Warehouse General Manager Hire Ike Kraemer

Ike Kraemer joined distributor just ahead of last March's lockdown

Presidente Supermarkets Introducing Wholesale Concept Grand Plaza

1st store to open this year in Kissimmee, Florida

ShopRite Closing 62 Pharmacies CVS Prescriptions

Patients’ Rx info will be transferred to CVS

FMI Presents 2020 Gold Plate Awards National Family Meals Month Family Meals Movement

Virtual event also included first-ever Supper Bowl Championship

Coborn’s Sees MORE Success With Loyalty Program Birdzi MORE Rewards

Birdzi solution boosts retention and spend

Online Food, Beverage Sales to Remain High Post-Pandemic FMI NielsenIQ Research

Research unveiled during virtual FMI Midwinter Executive Conference

C&K Market Opts for Employee Ownership ESOP Trust

Move permits employees to benefit from independent grocer’s success

Food Lion Opens Liquor Store Clover, South Carolina

Only 2nd such location for chain

Save A Lot Launches Sweepstakes

Winner gets year’s supply of free groceries

Uncle Giuseppe’s Opens 9th Store New York Long Island

North Babylon, New York, location debuts ahead of schedule

Southeastern Grocers Launches IPO

Anticipated price per share is $14-$16

AFFI-CON 2021 Online Platform Opens

Virtual event will connect frozen food supply chain

Weis Markets Names New CFO Michael T. Lockard

Seasoned financial retail exec Michael T. Lockard succeeds Scott Frost

Farmstead Moving Into Miami E-Commerce Expansion

E-commerce company launches waitlist

C&S Wholesale Grocers CEO Joins RILA Board Bob Palmer

Bob Palmer among 5 new members

Ingles Markets Updating Network Ops Aruba E-Commerce Curbside Pickup

Aruba also powers grocer’s curbside pickup service

Walmart to Offer Western Union Money Transfers and More

Services will begin rolling out in spring 2021

Giant Co. Introduces Choice Pass E-Commerce

New online subscription model offers unlimited grocery delivery, pickup for $98/year

Natural Grocers to Debut 1st Annual Body Care & Beauty Bonanza

Discounts, samples and prizes arrive at the end of this month

KeHE to Hold Digital Annual Holiday Show

2nd time annual event will take place online

Today's Food Packaging Puts Safety First

Packaging manufacturers are ensuring that their products protect against viruses like COVID-19, as well as other forms of contamination

GrubMarket Acquires Specialty Fruit Provider Bengard Marketing

Bengard Marketing works with sustainable growers in Chile, Argentina, Peru and New Zealand

Setting the Packaging Standard Pandemic Prepared Certification

In a COVID-altered world, certification programs like PPC can provide the certainty that retailers and consumers need

Earth Fare to Open Florida Store St. Johns

Banner building back after closing all locations last year

Big Y Promotes 3rd-Generation Family Members Colin M. D'Amour Christian P. D'Amour

Brothers Colin and Christian D’Amour have charge of gas and c-stores, e-commerce, respectively

U.S. Consumers Snacking More Than Ever The NPD Group

25-plus between-meal occasions added per capita, NPD study finds

Ahold Delhaize Chief HR Officer to Depart Abbe Luersman

Abbe Luersman returning to States

Hy-Vee Moves to Settle Class Action Over Data Breach

Grocer would have to pay for expenses incurred by those affected

Milam’s Markets Opening 6th Location Link at Douglas Miami

Independent grocer’s store will be located in Miami mixed-use development

Cardenas Markets Names Chief Legal Officer Leticia G. Espinoza

Leticia G. Espinoza promoted from general counsel and corporate secretary

The Pressure’s On in Packaging High-Pressure Packaging

How high-pressure processing is meeting the need for more packaging safety

UNFI Takes on Waste Reduction, Climate Action and Food Access Better for All

Better for All platform provides 10-year goals for priorities laid out in report

Amazon Prime Pantry Phased Out

E-retailer cites desire to get rid of shoppers' monthly fee as reason for ending service

Naturally Boulder’s Executive Director Departs Arron Mansika

Organization seeking successor to Arron Mansika

Subway Developing New Licensed Products Food Lifestyle Products

Restaurant chain will focus on food, lifestyle categories

Jewel-Osco Debuts Automated Grocery Pickup Kiosk Albertsons Ecommerce

Contactless solution boosts customer convenience

Freshop E-Commerce Solution Acquired by NCR Point-of-Sale Technology

BOPIS proposition to become key component of POS platform

Hitchcock’s Markets Introduces Nutrition Incentives Fresh Access Bucks National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center

Program lets lower-income shoppers save on fruits and veggies

Tops Grows Flashfood Partnership App Sustainability

Money- and food-saving program now available at 33 of chain’s stores

Giant Co. Addresses Kids’ Food Insecurity

Roundup checkout program helps local public schools

Tops, Dole Reteam on School Learning Garden Contest Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet Foundation program enables multidisciplinary study

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