Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
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.
Southern California locals set to vote on new contract
The three major employers in Southern California and members of seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union reached a tentative agreement Wednesday on a new contract.
Mariano's introduces valet parking at one store
Mariano’s Fresh Market is getting ready for a new Whole Foods opening across the street from one of its store by upgrading store service, including offering valet parking on weekends, Bob Mariano, chairman and CEO of Roundy’s Supermarkets, told an audience of analysts Wednesday in New York.
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  7
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.
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