Kroger Not for Sale, Dillon Tells Workers Kroger Co. has ruled out the possibility that it is for sale after reports said it could be a target for a leveraged buyout by private equity. Bi-Lo, Still in Turnaround Mode, Back on Sales Block Bi-Lo is up for sale again. Lone Star Funds, the Dallas-based private equity firm that acquired the chain from Ahold a little more than two years ago, last week said it had engaged Merrill Lynch and William Blair & Co. to explore the sale of Bi-Lo, which operates 230 stores in four Southeastern states. NONFOOD STRATEGIES
Super Power Remedies New Rx-to-OTC switches offer retailers category growth, but also challenge them to educate customers on safety and side effects. FRESH MARKET
Back to Basics Sugar-free and low-fat remain difficult categories for supermarket bakeries, but ‘clean‘ ingredients are showing promise for health-conscious shoppers. CENTER STORE
Ringing Up Baby Supermarkets are offering value-added baby services to cultivate emotional bonds with shoppers.