Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Time to engage with digital, says Bishop at PSU Forum 
Supermarket operators need to join the digital conversation immediately “because it’s happening whether you’re there or not,” Bill Bishop told the 2014 Executive Forum sponsored by Portland State University.
Stater Bros. goes completely private 2
Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif., has become a totally private company with no public debt following a debt restructuring earlier this month.
Merge right: 10 key markets  6
When Safeway unveiled its agreement in March to be acquired by Cerberus Capital Management — the parent of the Albertsons chain and other banners — the companies said there were no planned store closures as a result of the deal.
More Latinas seek convenience in meal prep: Speaker
Hispanic women today no longer make everything from scratch, so they are looking for more convenience, a Hispanic consultant told an audience at the Sabor Latino trade show Wednesday.
Whole Foods holds firm on GMO labeling
A Whole Foods Market executive reiterated the chain’s position Tuesday that it will not stock any products after 2018 that are not labeled as either containing or not containing genetically-modified organisms.
Northgate Gonzalez seeks to broaden appeal
Northgate Gonzalez Market, a Hispanic-owned chain that caters primarily to a Hispanic clientele in Southern California, is trying to broaden its appeal to non-Hispanics without losing sight of its primary positioning.
Efficiencies help drive Stater's Q2 profit gains
Stater Bros. Holdings, parent company of Stater Bros. Markets, San Bernardino, Calif., said Tuesday sales and earnings increased for the second quarter and first half ended March 30.
Employee trust important, says Kroger VP 4
Trust among a company’s associates is as important as trust among its customers, Lynn Marmer, group vice president for community affairs for Kroger Co., told an international retail conference in Brazil.
United will supply eight Texas Albertsons 3
United Supermarkets, Lubbock, Texas, said eight Albertsons in west Texas formerly supplied by a third-party distributor will be supplied by United’s facility by mid-June.
New data service tracks Hispanic retail sales 
Independent Hispanic grocers are being given the opportunity to gain new insights into their customers’ shopping habits — insights that are also being shared with major CPG companies to help them gear promotions more directly to those shoppers.
Roundy's contemplates strategic reassessment
Roundy’s Supermarkets said Wednesday it will re-evaluate its corporate strategies and infrastructure once it completes its exit from the Minneapolis market — moves that could involve expanding Mariano’s to markets outside the Chicago area and possible divestitures of some of its core Milwaukee assets.
Sprouts comps up 12.8%, but Whole Foods sinks stocks
Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market, The Fresh Market and other specialty grocers tumbled Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected earnings report from Whole Foods Market, which some saw as a sign of increasing competition in the natural and organic space.
Safeway seen in need of help  1
Wall Street analysts said they are expecting big things from Safeway — but not until after its merger with Albertsons later this year.
Regional Report: Independents poised to gain from Safeway-Albertsons divestitures 
West Coast independents are anticipating expansion opportunities when Cerberus formally acquires Safeway at the end of the year, based on expectations that store divestitures will be required.
Analysts skeptical of Whole Foods goals 5
Several industry analysts seemed to express skepticism Tuesday about optimistic expectations by Whole Foods Market in the face of increasing competition and lowered guidance for the balance of the fiscal year.
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