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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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November 2020

Publix Sued Over Employee’s COVID-19 Death Gerardo Gutierrez

Family alleges deli associate wasn’t allowed to wear a mask

Costco, Schnucks Team With Produce Supplier to Give Back During Holidays Season of Giving G&R Farms Sweet Onions

G&R Farms is a grower, packer and shipper of sweet onions

Saladworks Comes to Kroger In-Store Restaurants

Fast-casual restaurant concept opened Nov. 20 in Cincinnati store

Ocean Spray Farmers for Chefs Alliance Launches Restaurants Massachusetts

Partnership aims to help independent restaurants in Massachusetts

Aldi to Open 1st Philly Mixed-Use Development Store

Downtown location also has chain’s largest sales floor space in city

Giant Co. Introduces Cyber Days Giant Direct Martin's Direct

Savings on online purchases run Nov. 30-Dec. 3

Fred Meyer to Have OnPoint Community Credit Union Locations

20 branches will open in retail chain's stores next year

Hy-Vee Revives Reserved Shopping Hour for High-Risk Shoppers COVID-19

Grocer responds to rising COVID-19 cases

Walmart Health Debuts in Chicago Remodels

Locations at 2 remodeled area stores

U.S.’ 1st South Asian Local Food and Grocery Marketplace Grows Quicklly Bay Area E-Commerce

Quicklly chooses Bay Area as inaugural expansion market

Cardenas Markets Debuts Fully Prepared Holiday Dinners

5 options available ready to heat or already heated

Natural Grocers Racks Up Double-Digit Q4 Sales Amid Pandemic

Retailer logs highest annual net sales in its history

Save Mart Stores Offer Ready-to-Serve Holiday Meals Ham Dinner

Solutions include Thanksgiving dinner for 2 for $19.99

UNFI Unveils 2020 Master Marketer Award Winners Foster's

Cayman Islands grocer garners top honors

Schnucks Rolls Out Supplier Diversity Program ECRM RangeMe

Grocer aims to expand reach of new vendors

Walgreens Reinvents Loyalty Program myWalgreens

New benefits include same-day retail pickup in as little as 30 minutes

Food Retail Vet Allan Noddle Honored by Alma Mater University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Business

Award winner held senior roles at Daymon, Ahold

Walmart Doubles Number of Personal Shoppers

Move comes ahead of the holidays

Big Y Seeks to fill 1,000+ Job Openings

Move comes in response to company’s growth

Southeastern Grocers Donating 8K Turkeys Winn-Dixie

22 events aim to help needy community members enjoy Thanksgiving

FMI Reveals Board Appointments Lisa Roath Target Bob Palmer C&S Wholesale Grocers

Additions reflect broader food landscape

FMI Joins Climate Change Alliance

Group includes farmers, forest owners, food sector, state governments and environmentalists

Eataly, Italian Trade Commission Teaming on Promo

Campaign will aim to teach consumers to eat, shop and learn, Italian style

Farmstead Expanding to Raleigh-Durham, NC

Service will launch in early 2021

HomeValet Names Chief Experience Officer Steve Yankovich

Steve Yankovich is an entrepreneur, former eBay exec and e-commerce expert

Walmart Cookshop Debuts Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman

Free interactive video hub offers content from celebs

Unions, Albertsons Advise Grocery Customers to Wear Mask UFCW Local 7 Safeway Colorado Wyoming

Reminder comes amid skyrocketing cases of COVID-19 in Colorado and Wyoming

Forager Teams With Indie Grocers

Digital procurement platform now more widely available

Hy-Vee Selling Exclusive Patrick Mahomes Book Kansas City Chiefs

Portion of proceeds from limited-edition tome to benefit children’s organizations

Walmart Grows Pet Services Petplan Rover

Retailer teaming with Petplan insurance, Rover neighborhood care

Tinuiti Rolls Out Instacart Ad Management Program MobiusX

Agency aims to boost brands sold by grocers using service

NGA Show, Indoor Ag-Con to Co-Locate in Vegas Independent Grocers Vertical Farming

Events will give independent retailers access to vertical-farming resources

Aldi Helps Shoppers Save on Thanksgiving Dinner

Deep discounter also enables associates to help needy

eMeals Hires Former Shipt VP Brand Building Lindsey Seal

Lindsey Seal will oversee partnership program

Big Y Turns ‘Sack Hunger’ Into Virtual Bag

Move makes it easier than ever to donate to needy during the holidays

Food Lion 1 Step Closer to Growing its Footprint FTC Bi-Lo Harveys Supermarket Southeastern Grocers

FTC grants early termination of waiting period to purchase 62 stores

NCA Hires New CFO, VP of Membership & Meetings Steve McCroddan Kyle Jordan

McCroddan and Jordan bring new perspectives to confectionery industry group

Krasdale Foods Names Gus Lebiak President/COO

Exec succeeds Steve Silver, who will assume an advisory role

Retail Expert Joins DailyPay as Special Advisor James McCann

James McCann will provide key insights to on-demand pay platform

Ibotta Teams With Walmart on Free Thanksgiving Meal Giveaway Campbell's Butterball Coca-Cola

Program also includes well-known CPG companies

Southeastern Grocers Opens 4 More Winn-Dixie Stores Veterans Day

Grocer marks Veterans Day grand openings by honoring service members and families

Whole Foods Insures Successful Holiday Meal Thanksgiving Turkey Protection Plan Progressive

Thanksgiving Turkey Protection Plan offered in collaboration with Progressive

UNFI Reaches Agreements With New York, SoCal Teamsters

Drivers, front-line workers ratify long-term contracts

Fresh Midwest Serving Up Thanksgiving Dinners Wildfire

Fresh food and meal delivery service expands throughout Chicagoland area

Gelson’s Taps GetUpside for Cash-Back Offers Mobile App

Mobile app targets various types of customers to boost return rates, grow basket sizes

Giant Eagle’s Smart Flight to Tiered Loyalty Program myPerks pilot

Grocer's myPerks pilot good way to identify and retain brand’s top customers

Lidl Donates 3K+ Turkeys to Local Food Banks Feeding America

Grocer will also match donations of customers buying $5 hunger relief bags

Wish Farms Refreshes Brand Berries App Website

Berry grower also reveals revamped app and website

FMI Reveals 2020 Community Outreach Award Winners Smart & Final First Responders

Causes encompass youth development, hunger relief, health improvement

Item may be contaminated with E. coli

Allegiance Celebrates Several Store Openings Foodtown, Brooklyn Harvest Gristedes

Co-op reveals 2 new locations and 4 remodels

Food Lion, CVS Make ‘Best-of-the-Best’ List of Inclusive Companies National Business Inclusion Consortium

National Business Inclusion Consortium honors commitment to diverse employees and business owners

Kroger Houston Boosting Wages After Union Challenge

$56M investment includes wage increases and more affordable health benefits

Altria Exec Joins Pa. Food Merchants Association’s Board David Webb

David Webb has experience working with all levels of government

Authenticity is in Season at Vallarta Supermarkets Central American Tamales Chicken

Retailer adds Central American tamales to prepared food menu during holidays

Kathy Russello Retiring From Retail Business Services

EVP was 2018 Top Women in Grocery Trailblazer Award winner

Safe Quality Food Institute Hires Financial Planner Jeff Schadler

Jeff Schadler brings breadth of expertise to organization

UNFI Truck Drivers Threaten Strike Teamsters

Union alleges distributors aren't following CDC COVID-19 guidelines

Healthy Living Market and Café Opens 3rd Location Bellwether Coffee Roaster

Store features zero-emissions Bellwether Coffee Roaster

Sprouts Rolls Out Holiday Offerings, Pre-ordering Cat Cora

Celeb chef Cat Cora to join grocer on Instagram for seasonal cooking demo

NGA Bestows Association Leadership Award Kristin Mullins Ohio Grocers Association

Kristin Mullins is president/CEO of Ohio Grocers Association

Latest trade show to change dates amid ongoing pandemic

October 2020

California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Names New CEO Tim York

Tim York is noted produce industry leader

Sam’s Club Offering Same-Day Rx Delivery With DoorDash

New service marks DoorDash’s 1st pharmaceutical partnership of this kind at scale

99 Ranch Market Taps Instacart

Asian-American grocer will offer delivery from its 53 stores in 9 states

Mercato Makes Executive Moves

New VP hires span ops, sales, product arenas

UNFI’s Risk and Safety Team Receives Award

Distributor recognized for actions during pandemic

Live online sessions scheduled for both kids and adults through year end

Retailer marks associate Romay Davis’ 101st birthday

Giant Food Names SVP of Ops Irfan Badibanga

Irfan Badibanga bolsters retailer’s leadership team

FreshDirect Prepping for Smaller Thanksgiving Gatherings

E-grocer tailors offerings to meet consumers’ pandemic needs

Installation in majority of retailer’s store by next month

Distributor teams with Bloom Energy on project

Sara Custer comes to online grocer from Imperfect Foods

Partnership grows food options in Boston metro area

Pearl River Mart Foods Set to Debut

Location is NYC Asian emporium’s 1st food-focused concept

Consumer Concerns Shift From Virus to Economy dunnhumby

Shoppers are on the hunt for more value, latest dunnhumby study finds

Eataly Now Part of Mercato’s Digital Platform

Same-day food delivery available in 4 U.S. cities

Co-op holds virtual annual shareholder meeting

The Spice & Tea Exchange Wants New York Franchisees

Several cities eyed for retailer’s experience-based stores

Latest edition better reflects reality of food producers’ current business ops

Camp Hill, Pa., location debuted Oct. 12

Dr. Jennifer McEntire honored by NSF International

Fresco Y Mas Comes to Southwest Florida Southeastern Grocer Winn-Dixie

Southeastern Grocers also opens refreshed Winn-Dixie Store

Big Y Associates Get 2-Day Thanksgiving Break

Grocer last closed April 12-13 for Easter

Grocer blames 2-month lag on technical glitch

Hive sells sustainable, socially conscious products online

Conference and trade show will now take place in May

Hy-Vee Names New CIO Casey Decker

Casey Decker succeeds Matt Ludwig in role

Albertsons Maintains Online Sales Surge in Q2

Triple-digit growth contributes to company’s healthy financials

Former Harps Food Stores Chairman and CEO Dies Gerald L. Harp

Gerald L. Harp, son of company’s founders, was 80

Weis Rolls Out Holiday Rewards Program

Shoppers can qualify for free turkeys, tofurkeys, lasagna and big discounts on best-selling proteins

Thrive Market Achieves B-Corp Certification

E-tailer becomes 1st major national grocer to do so in the United States

Week-long event provides support and training to meet energy-efficiency goals

COVID-19 Multiplies Morning Momentum

The pandemic’s effect on breakfast can be felt throughout the store

Trade org offering ‘web experience’ based on report insights

Farmstead Coming to Charlotte, NC

E-grocer to start delivering next month to waitlist of 1,000 customers

Automated Smoothie Maker Comes to Walmart Blendid Kiosk

Blendid opens kiosk in Fremont, California, store

Giant Co. Offers 2nd Helping of Free Turkey and Sides

Thanksgiving promo makes feast more affordable

NRF Foundation Launches COVID-19 Training for Retail Workers

Operations, customer conflict prevention solutions provided

Former employee of manufacturer arrested

Best Grocery E-Commerce Services Revealed Ipsos

Ipsos research singles out H-E-B, Target and Walmart, among others

New items include nondairy options, chicken-less patties and grinds

Southeastern Grocers Closing Stores for Thanksgiving Day Winn-Dixie Bi-Lo Harveys, Fresco Y Mas

Target and Walmart have already revealed their intention to do so

Kroger, Western Union Renew Relationship

Grocer working to offer customers in-store and online options

Exec comes out of retirement to helm wholesaler

Cousins CinnaMINN Snaps exclusively available at grocer’s MN locations

Label Insight’s analysis of 30 top retailers reveals ‘empty aisles’

Restaurants Launch Meal Delivery Platform Feastin

Feastin also provides groceries and cocktails in the Bay Area

Members can save on prescriptions at 9.5K pharmacy locations

Georgia Publix Pharmacies Now Fill Pet Med Scripts

2nd state in grocer’s footprint to do so

CVS, Target and Walmart are founding partners of consortium

SoCal warehouse workers, truck drivers won’t go on strike

Specialty grocer making modest comeback after closing all stores

Program enables shoppers to save on common medications

Annual FMI survey also details outside forces that cut into profits

9 stations to open at Illinois and Michigan stores

Hy-Vee Expands Free COVID-19 Testing

Now also available for minors

Market Next at University of Houston uses Standard’s AI-powered platform

Hannaford’s New Digital Tools Teach Healthy Eating to Kids

Snack Pals site and app designed to make learning about wellness fun

Grocer is collaborating with Partnership for a Healthier America

Giant Eagle Commits to Bee-Friendly Policy

Grocer aims to reduce pollinator-toxic pesticides

Good Food Holdings Names Neil Stern CEO Bristol Farms Lazy Acres Natural Market Metropolitan Market New Seasons Market New Leaf Community Market

McMillan Doolittle partner replaces Matt Turnbull

New online service aims to boost social-distancing measures

SNAC International Reschedules SNAXPO 2021

Flagship event will now take place in August

Deep discounter recognized for use of green power, eco-friendly refrigerants

Power Plants Enliven a Burgeoning Category

Exciting new products and inventive selling strategies breed innovation

Despite e-commerce rise, shoppers still visiting stores

NFRA Reveals June Dairy Month and Ice Cream & Novelties Golden Penguin Winners

Awards honor industry’s best merchandising, marketing efforts

Top categories are food, health and wellness, and personal care

Team-up promoting Italian food and wine

Move could affect e-grocer platform’s North American rollout

Retailers and manufacturers are courting internet shoppers.

Products and brands promoted throughout month

The future of breakfast -- especially with healthier ingredients -- looks bright.

Big Y Teams With MassGrown Exchange for Local Products

1st supermarket in state to make successful connections through platform

6 facilities moving into network in 2021

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