Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Dreiling will retire as Dollar General CEO
Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corp., Goodlettsville, Tenn., said Friday he plans to retire as CEO at the end of May 2015 or upon the appointment of a successor — a move that had Wall Street analysts debating whether it meant a potential merger with Family Dollar Stores was more likely or less.
Gallery: Unified Grocers Expo
Unified Grocers, the Los Angeles-based member-owned cooperative, held its annual Expo earlier this month.
Analysts: Food consumption picture unclear 
The amount of food being consumed in the U.S. is actually declining, according to Dollar General CEO Richard Dreiling, although some analysts said his observations might really indicate a shift in consumption trends.
Brookshire Grocery shuffles management
Brookshire Grocery Co., Tyler, Texas, said Thursday it has promoted two executives and made other changes in its leadership team.
UNFI to seek add-ons to Tony's acquisition
United Natural Foods, Inc., Providence, R.I., plans to seek further acquisitions in the protein space over time to supplement the business it will add from acquiring Tony’s Fine Foods, Steven L. Spinner, UNFI’s president and CEO, told investors Tuesday.
UFCW study urges legislative support for unions
Despite healthy industry growth, the wages of grocery store employees in California — encompassing union and non-union members — has declined since 1999, with more than one-third of workers forced to rely on state government assistance to provide for their basic needs, according to a UFCW study.
Chefs compete on show floor at FMI Connect 
Food Marketing Institute’s Supermarket Chef Showdown is set to take center stage in the exhibit hall this Wednesday at the FMI Connect conference at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Mi Pueblo out of Chapter 11 with new CEO
Mi Pueblo Food Centers, San Jose, Calif., said Wednesday it has named a new president and CEO as it emerges from a Chapter 11 reorganization with a new financial structure and its 21 stores intact.
Food consumption dropping, Dreiling says
The amount of food being consumed in the U.S. is actually declining, Richard Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General Corp., Goodlettsville, Tenn., told financial analysts Tuesday.
Calif. unions ratify 2-year contract
The pending merger of Albertsons and Safeway prompted Southern California employers and union members to opt for a two-year labor contract that will expire in March 2016, by which time the two sides expect the merger dust to settle.
Costco: Home delivery is OK but store visits are better
Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., is continuing to test home delivery, but it believes the appeal of strong bargains at its warehouses will keep consumers shopping the old-fashioned way, EVP and CFO Richard Galanti told Wall Street investors Thursday.
Gallery: California grocers pilot healthy cooking program
The Healthy Cocina Initiative offers freshly prepared chicken mole enchiladas with avocados at a low price and, alternatively, the fresh ingredients so customers can make the enchiladas on their own.
Gallery: Russ’s Markets marks 50 years in business
Russ’s Markets, Lincoln, Neb., is marking its 50-year anniversary with a series of promotions and in-store events.
SpartanNash seeks expansion in alternative channels
SpartanNash Co. plans to expand its food distribution to alternative channels, Dennis Eidson, president and CEO, told shareholders Wednesday at the company’s annual meeting.
Mi Pueblo set to emerge from Chapter 11
Mi Pueblo Food Stores, San Jose, Calif., expects to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of the week, a company spokeswoman told SN Tuesday.
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