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Marian Zboraj

Digital Editor

Marian Zboraj is Progressive Grocer's digital editor.


February 2021

Meijer to Host 2nd Supplier Diversity Event

Upcoming event aimed at bringing more diverse-owned brands to shelves

Walgreens to Sell Its 1st OTC COVID Test Pixel by Labcorp

Kit to be available for purchase without prescription to allow for greater testing access

Food Lion Feeds Supports No Kid Hungry Campaign

Retailer donates $106K+ in child feeding grants for local schools

Meijer Provides a Healthy Learning Environment for Kids

Cleveland Clinic Children’s school-based healthcare program receives $2M donation from retailer

​​​​​​​2 States Consider Taxing Sugary Beverages

Rhode Island and Washington debate enacting taxes on sodas, energy and sports drinks, coffees, teas and juices

HowGood Raises $6M for Product Sustainability Database

Funding to help provide key environmental and social impact metrics

Hormel Strengthens Grocery Business with Exec Appointment

Frank to lead strategic integration of Planters and Corn Nuts brands; Vaupel takes on his prior role

Hy-Vee Kicks Off ‘Week of Service’

Employees volunteering 5K hours to nonprofit organizations across Midwest

First Supermarket Employee Day Debuts

FMI — The Food Industry Association has proclaimed occasion to recognize associates at every level

Natural Grocers Holds Month-Long Celebrations Honoring Employees

good4u Crew receiving weekly gratitude gifts from retailer

Natural Grocers Celebrates Its Home State Colorado

Celebrate Colorado event will offer discounts on locally made products, sweepstakes and more

Modern Meat Increases Its Vegan Portfolio

Plant-based meat manufacturer acquires Kitskitchen soups

FDA, USDA Assure Food Is Safe From COVID Transmission

Agencies continue to have confidence in safety of products

6 Independent Grocers Receive Cleaning Certification

Ingles, Brookshire’s, Cub, Coborn’s, Bristol Farms and Lazy Acres join the Ecolab Science Certified program

Kroger COVID Vaccine Scheduler Is Designed to Meet High Demand

Grocer also introduces dedicated call center and security measures

Save Mart Cos. Continues to Make Food Bank Donations a Priority

Retailer donated 235K+ pounds of heathy shelf-stable items in 2020

Beyond the Bag Challenge Reveals 9 Winners

Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag will now test and pilot new design solutions to combat plastic waste

The popularity of meat in 2020 is projected to continue as consumers return to food staples

Redefine Meat Raises $29M While Readying for 3D Printing Launch

Investment will be used to expand alternative-meat portfolio and support commercial launch

Kroger Powers New COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Home Tests With AI Tech

Retailer partners with Gauss to provide at-home smartphone-enabled testing

What City Is Selling the Most Hot Dogs?

Americans consumed approximately 14B wieners and dinner sausages in 2020 from retail channels alone

Fresh Tech Company Appoints Engineering Pro

Invatron creates new VP of cloud engineering position

Hormel Pays $3.35B to Acquire Planters Brand

Food company entered into definitive agreement to acquire snack nut portfolio from Kraft Heinz

Shipt Offers Vaccine Stipends for Its Shoppers

Delivery company is offering up to $50 for workers who get COVID-19 shots

AeroFarms Adds to Leadership Team to Drive Retail Expansion

New exec hires from top global companies position vertical-farming organization for continued growth

GrubMarket Raises $90M in 2020 for Nationwide Expansion

Food tech company accelerates grocery delivery service

PepsiCo Unveils New Look for Aunt Jemima Brand

Rebranded Pearl Milling Co. products will debut this June

Walgreens, Uber Team to Improve Vaccine Access

Partnership ensures transportation isn't barrier for underserved communities to get shots

Walmart Improves Supply Chain Efficiency With RPCs

Retailer selects IFCO as exclusive provider of reusable plastic containers for fresh fruit and veggies

Schnucks Rounds Up in Honor of Black History Month

Retailer's campaign supports Urban League

Meijer Plans to Administer 25K COVID-19 Vaccinations in 1 Week

Doses will be supplied this week to seniors throughout Michigan

AFFI Amplifies Frozen Business with New Strategic Plan

Addresses industry challenges and ensures consumers have access to safe and nutritious foods

SpartanNash Supports Dream of Homeownership With Habitat for Humanity

Retailer teams up with store guests in building a path toward homebuilding initiatives

Natural Grocers Sees Strong Earnings Growth in Q1

Net sales increased 15.2% with net income rising 94.4%

Raley’s Food Lab to Serve as Entrepreneurial Hub

Retailer will sponsor [email protected] incubator to test new products and ingredients

Dollar General Joins Beyond the Bag Initiative

Latest retailer to sign on to challenge

Instacart Provides Delivery for Family Dollar

National partnership applies to 6K+ store locations

GrocerKey Raises Funds to Enhance Digital Capabilities

E-commerce platform secures $2.4M in private investments

Impossible Foods Cuts Its Retail Prices Plant-Based

Plant-based meat producer reduces suggested prices by about 20% for grocery channel

Acosta Adds CPG Pro to Team

Kelly Socia appointed EVP of business development for North America

Biden Administration Tries to Fast-Track Vaccinations

Federal government will send doses directly to retail chains

Big Lots Pledges to Wear Red for Women’s Heart Health

Retailer teams up with American Heart Association, pledging up to $1M

Meijer’s Neighborhood Market Store Celebrates 1st Year Operating in Pandemic

Woodward Corner Market is retailer's 2nd neighborhood-market concept store in Michigan

Natural Grocers Extends Support to HBCUs

Retailer honors Black History Month in renewed partnership with Jack and Jill of America's College GAP Fund

Loblaws Brings Waste-Free Shopping to Canada

Retailer partners with global reuse platform Loop

Walmart Offers First-of-Its-Kind Pet Prescription Program

Retailer partners with Nationwide as part of ongoing expansion of pet offerings

Kroger Reveals Recipients of Racial Equity Grant

Retailer's foundation invests $3M to help build more equitable and inclusive communities

January 2021

Uber Takes On Prescription Delivery

Consumers in NYC can now have their medication delivered through app

The Fresh Market Donates 8M+ Meals  Feeding America

Retailer's Holiday Round-Up at the Register campaign raises $826K for Feeding America

More Than 100 Dog Deaths Attributed to Contaminated Pet Food

Certain lots of Sportmix pet food recalled for potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin

Meijer Shops Local for Its Fitness Supply

Midwestern retailer created Michigan-made solution to meet increased demand for exercise equipment

Fancy Food Show 2021 to Take Place in Person

The Specialty Food Association will hold event Sept. 27-29 at NYC's Javits Convention Center

Another Female CEO Appointed to Major Health Care Company Roz Brewer Walgreens

Walgreens Boots Alliance appoints Rosalind Brewer to leadership position, effective March 15

Albertsons Takes Steps to Reinvent Single-Use Plastic Bags

Retailer joins Beyond the Bag Initiative to reduce waste

Meijer Stocks Food Pantries With $7.6M in Donations

Retailer's Simply Give holiday campaign saw highest customer participation ever

Tops 'Ties' in Produce Department Sustainability Efforts

TagBack program enables consumers to return produce ties and tags for recycling

Rexall Partners with Uber Eats to Deliver Essential Items

800+ health care and convenience products available for delivery in Canada

Shipt Gives 4th Thank You Bonus to Its Shoppers

Same-day delivery service invests $3.6M to recognize busiest holiday-season workers

Winning Ticket for 3rd-Largest Lottery Jackpot Sold at Kroger

Retailer will receive $50K flat-rate commission once prize is claimed

Walmart Gets Ready for Large-Scale Vaccine Rollout

Retailer expects to deliver 10M-13M doses per month when supply and allocations allow

Festival Foods Hires Southeastern Grocers’ Senior Leader Ken Wicker

Ken Wicker will become SVP of fresh foods next month

COVID-19 Vaccine Coming to Harris Teeter

Grocer will distribute vaccinations in phased approach when available to pharmacies

Retail Refrigeration Stays Chill Under Regulatory Pressure

Retail operators are re-evaluating their systems to comply with regulatory mandates and sustainability objectives while accommodating e-commerce fulfillment

2021 Food Safety Summit to be Held Virtually

Registration open for May 11-13 event

Weis Markets Begin Administering COVID-19 Vaccine in Pennsylvania

Mid-Atlantic food retailer providing vaccinations in 55 in-store pharmacies

BlueNalu Secures $60M for Cell-Based Seafood Operations

Financing will support plans for market launch in late 2021

Publix to Distribute Vaccinations in More Southeastern States

In addition to Florida, retailer will make COVID-19 shots available in Georgia and South Carolina

Lidl Offers $200 for Employees to Get Vaccinated

New initiative encourages front-line workers to receive COVID-19 vaccination

RPA Under New Leadership

Nonprofit unveils new executive committee members and additions to its board of directors.

Grocer to cover administration costs and provide paid time off

Instacart Stipend Available to Shoppers Who Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Employees to receive financial assistance when they take time away to get vaccination

Hy-Vee to Offer COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing at 250+ Locations

Patients in Midwest will receive same-day test results in as few as 15 minutes

Publix Expands Its COVID-19 Vaccinations in Florida

Retailer now offering shots at 105 pharmacies in 12 counties

The Fresh Market Adds Personal Touches to Curbside

Specialty retailer launches “The Friendliest Curbside Experience In America”

Meijer to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine in Michigan

Retailer selected by state as new federal retail pharmacy partner

Save A Lot More Than Doubles Holiday Food Donation

Discount grocer's Bags for a Brighter Holiday program donates record amount of food to local charities

Raley’s Food For Families Sets New Record in Donations

Retailer's nonprofit raises $3M+ for local food banks during Annual Holiday Drive

Krasdale Foods Builds Up Its Sales Team Cynthia Ramos Howie Kent

Cynthia Ramos promoted to chief sales officer; Howie Kent to director of category management and sales analytics

Giant Co., U-GRO to Open Child Care Center

New facility will be located next to retailer's HQ

Hy-Vee Builds Up its Employee Benefits

Retailer provides associates with more than $167.2M in bonuses and other perks in 2020

FreshDirect Forecasts Top Home Cooking Trends

Online grocer reveals its top food predictions for 2021

Publix Teams Up with Special Olympics to Support Athletes

Annual Torch Icon Campaign helps raise funds for athletes with intellectual disabilities

Ben & Jerry’s Enters Pet Treats Category

Ice cream company unveils frozen desserts designed exclusively for canines

Outstanding Foods Raises $10M for Plant-Based Snacks

Company aims to expand both retail footprint and direct-to-consumer marketing efforts

Harris Teeter Implements New Fees and Incentives for Online ExpressLane

Grocer revamps online shopping program's fee structure and benefits for subscription memberships

N.Y. Law Mandates Supermarkets Donate Excess Food

Bill requires grocers to give product to qualifying entities that help feed needy residents

Walgreens 1Q Exceeds Expectations as it Accelerates Health Care Investments

Retailer renegotiates agreement with VillageMD to increase pace, scale of clinic rollout

Publix Florida Locations Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccine

Retailer is collaborating with state health department to provide shots in 22 store pharmacies

Natural Grocers Motivates Customers to Stick to Healthy Resolutions

Specialty retailer kicks off its Keto and Resolution Reset initiatives

Hy-Vee Pledges $75K to Local Schools

Retailer's campaign provides up to $5,000 to customer-selected schools

Grocery company receives regulatory clearance from FTC

Consumers Still Prefer In-Store Shopping

Raydiant's consumer behavior report highlights the importance of in-store experiences

Giant Food to Invest $800M Into Pension Benefit

UFCW Locals 400 and 27 approve retailer's investment in retirement funds for union associates

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