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Consumer appetite grows for grocery store foodservice

Deli-prepared food purchases and trips on the rise, FMI reports Russell Redman 1 | Nov 07, 2022 Consumers have increasingly turned to grocery store foodservice as part of meal planning and an ongoing trend toward food-at-home, new research from FMI-The Food Industry Association shows. Deli prepared foods sales totaled $31.3 billion for the 52 weeks … Continued

Kroger, Albertsons reportedly in merger talks

Buzz of potential combination comes in wake of Albertsons’ disclosure of strategic review Russell Redman | Oct 13, 2022 The nation’s No. 1 and No. 2 largest supermarket retailers, The Kroger Co. and Albertsons Cos., are holding discussions about a potential merger, Bloomberg reported today. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg said in its report that a … Continued

Growth of Natural, Organic Products Slows in Face of Recession

Can functional ingredients reinvigorate space? 03-Oct-2022 By Elizabeth Crawford Even as rising consumer interest in natural and organic products helps push overall sales to new highs, the industry’s growth rate continues to plummet from pandemic highs to below pre-pandemic levels and likely won’t rebound until 2024 as the threat of a recession looms, according to data … Continued

Natural Grocers Focuses on Sustainability With Newest Location

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc. is preparing to cut the ribbon on its newest store in Brighton, Colo., on Sept. 30. The location will feature Natural Grocers mainstays, including The Cottage Craft Beer section, organic produce, pasture-based dairy products, humanely sourced meats and non-GMO prepackaged bulk foods. Sustainability was top of mind with the construction … Continued

10 Major Trends From Summer Fancy Food 2022

Following a successful Winter Fancy Food earlier in the year, The Specialty Food Association’s June show, Summer Fancy Food, was back in person for the first time since 2019. A lot of the trends we spotted in February were still apparent, with many new added players. The upstairs was buzzing with international brands that have … Continued

KeHE expands Colorado, California distribution centers

The natural foods distributor will unveil its expansion at the Aurora, Colorado, distribution center, on Aug. 31—six years to the day after the D.C. opened. Supermarket News | Aug 12, 2022 KeHE Distributors is expanding operations and services at distribution centers in Aurora, Colorado, and Chino, California, to support its rapid growth and keep up … Continued

Pitaya Foods partners with UNSTUCK on new product line to aid refugees

UNSTUCK has unveiled its first line of specialty products in partnership with leading CPG brands that use ingredients sourced from suppliers hiring refugees. Gianna Rosenbach | Jun 23, 2022   UNSTUCK and its partnering brands have launched a line of products that support ingredient suppliers hiring refugees. UNSTUCK is a nonprofit organization founded by Chobani … Continued