Elliot Zwiebach

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Sprouts taking long-term approach to pricing
Sprouts Farmers Market looks at pricing as a long-term proposition rather than responding quickly to competitive changes, chain executives told analysts in a conference call.
Analysts upbeat about Whole Foods strategies
Industry analysts said Thursday they believe the approach Whole Foods Market is taking to price investments is viable and likely to succeed over time.
Whole Foods expects to expand pricing effort
Whole Foods Market is “encouraged” by the pricing experiments it is running in several markets and expects to expand testing to more markets over the next few months if results continue to be positive, John Mackey, the company’s co-CEO, told analysts Wednesday.
Berkeley, Calif., approves first-of-its-kind beverage tax
Berkeley, Calif.,will become the first U.S. city to impose a beverage tax after voters on Tuesday approved a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a margin of approximately 75%.
Regional Report: Northgate Gonzalez offers sneak peak at Latino series 
Northgate Gonzalez Market, Anaheim, Calif., is taking an animated approach to the Day of the Dead celebration — it’s offering customers a chance to take an early look at “Muertoons,” a new animated series that centers around the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos.
Gallery: Bashas' new look
See photos from Bashas' remodelled stores.
UNFI growth prospects looking good, analysts say
United Natural Foods, Inc., is positioned for continued strong growth, especially as it expands the perishables offerings from Tony’s Fine Foods beyond the West Coast while simultaneously reducing warehouse and distribution costs, analysts said Wednesday, a day after UNFI’s annual analyst meeting.
Kellogg Co.: 2014 Supplier Leadership Award winner for Cause Marketing 
Kellogg Co. has promoted improved literacy along with its breakfast cereals by encouraging consumers to redeem free books for their families or for schools in need through a program called “Great Starts, Great Stories.”
Procter & Gamble: 2014 Supplier Leadership Award winner for Packaging Innovation 
Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute, as the old ads used to say — and now it enables users to eliminate wasted liquid by predetermining the amount dispensed per squeeze.
Sam's to focus on technology, slow new openings
Walmart said Wednesday it plans to cut the number of new-store openings and remodelings for Sam’s Club over the next two years as it focuses more on accelerating technology investments and integrating physical and digital locations.
The Fresh Market strives to be 'extraordinary'
The Fresh Market, Greensboro, N.C., said Wednesday it has adopted a new position statement to drive growth going forward — inspiring consumers “to make everyday eating extraordinary.”
Analysts weigh in on Whole Foods' new pricing program 1

Whole Foods Market has lowered pricing in the perishable sections of its five Austin, Texas, stores as part of an effort to improve its value image, industry observers told SN — though they said it could take up to two years to change consumer perceptions and impact sales if and when the program is rolled out chain-wide.

Supervalu reports second security breach 2
For the second time in six weeks, Supervalu said it experienced a breach in its data systems.
SN’s Analysts Roundtable, Part 2: Weighing in on Safeway, Kroger, Walmart 
Why Safeway decided to sell its stores to Albertsons, why Kroger acquired Vitacost.com and why Walmart needs to do a better job of execution and merchandising — those were among the topics discussed during SN’s 19th annual Analysts Roundtable.
SN’s Analysts Roundtable, Part 3: Natural and organics, Sprouts, Wholesalers 
Participants at SN's 19th annual analysts roundtable predicted the natural and organics category will continue to gain wider consumer acceptance, with Sprouts posing a potential threat to Whole Foods.

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