Elliot Zwiebach

West Editor / Retail ,
Supermarket News
Ahold-Delhaize combo could signal more consolidation, observers tell SN 
The potential combination of Ahold and Delhaize, following on the heels of the Albertsons-Safeway merger, could signal a new round of industry consolidation, observers told SN.
Ahold, Delhaize in preliminary merger talks, European sources report 3
Amsterdam-based Ahold and Brussels-based Delhaize are in merger talks “at the highest level,” according to published reports in Europe.
Sprouts Q1 sales weakness temporary, analysts say
Any sales weakness exhibited by Sprouts Farmers Market during the first quarter is only temporary, analysts said Friday, a day after the company reported comparable store sales of 4.8%, slightly below its forecast of 5% to 6%.
Whole Foods plans new value-focused format
Whole Foods Market said Wednesday it plans to launch a new format next year that will retain its high quality standards but offer value pricing and a curated selection — “unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace,” Walter Robb, co-CEO, said.
Cardenas launching in-store flyer for promotions overflow
Cardenas Markets is launching an in-store-only flyer this week at its 31 stores to feature a larger number of promotions than it can accommodate in its weekly ads, company executives told vendors.
Costco CEO: Values, culture are key 5
No matter how big a company gets, it must maintain its core values and its culture or it could fail, Craig Jelinek, chairman and CEO of Costco Wholesale Corp., said in a speech Monday.
Haggen on schedule for 100 stores in 100 days: Shaner 10
​Haggen is on schedule to complete 100 openings in 100 days, Bill Shaner, CEO of the Pacific Southwest stores, told SN Sunday.
Overall grocery sales outpacing restaurant sales: Food Institute speaker
Grocery sales outpaced restaurant sales during the first two months of 2015, despite reports to the contrary, Brian Todd, president of The Food Institute, told a webinar audience Wednesday.
NLRB to hear El Super charges 1
Workers at Bodega Latina, which does business as El Super, said Wednesday the National Labor Relations Board has set a fact-finding hearing for June 8 to determine whether the company has interfered with their ability to ratify a new union contract.
Kroger investing $500 million in Indianapolis
Kroger Co. said Wednesday it plans to spend nearly $500 million to open 11 stores and remodel or expand 22 others in the Greater Indianapolis area as part of a four-year strategic plan.
Now at Bat: Five Executives to Watch 
New roles, new challenges face these industry leaders
Outreach to businesses helps Smart & Final results
Smart & Final Stores said initiatives focused on getting business customers to buy more per visit have helped boost sales by 25% at stores where the program is in place.
Albertsons IPO speculation 'premature': Analyst
Reports that Albertsons might be considering an initial public offering are probably premature, a Wall Street analyst told SN Tuesday.
California retailers enact drought measures 
California retailers are finding new ways to conserve water as they adjust to the state’s ongoing drought.
Haggen bulking up pharmacy staff
Haggen said Monday it is expanding its pharmacy management staff from six to 28 to manage its larger store network.

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