Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Supervalu to take over Marsh distribution 3

Supervalu on Tuesday announced it has entered into a long-term supply agreement with Marsh Supermarkets to serve as its primary grocery wholesaler and to provide certain professional services.

Fairway Market names new board  2

Industry veterans Jim Demme, Kenneth Martindale and Errol Schweizer are among five new board members for the reorganized Fairway Group Holdings, the company said in a filing Monday. 

Brexit to pressure U.K. grocers, but discounters could find advantage
Last week's surprise Brexit vote in the United Kingdom could trigger additional difficulties for native grocers in competition with efficient foreign discounters Aldi and Lidl, as well as U.S. companies like Amazon and Walmart, according to a newly published analysis from Kantar Retail.
'Cool streets' to influence mainstream retail: Report

Retail's edgy present — and its mainstream future — are taking shape in a handful of urban neighborhoods across the country where food concepts like Whole Foods' 365 and Ahold's bfresh have taken root, according to a new report.

Woodman's to receive $7M in incentives for new store 
Local officials in Buffalo Grove, Ill., have approved $7 million in incentives connected to a massive planned Woodman's Market store set to open there in 2018, reports said.
Kroger to build culinary training center

Aiming to make its home city a “food hub” and improve the level at which it executes everything from corporate branded goods to prepared dishes, Kroger will begin building a culinary training center near its headquarters in Cincinnati, CEO Rodney McMullen said Thursday.

Survey highlights growth of 'food with benefits' 

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers today see food as medicine, underscoring the continued strength of the health and wellness trend, according to a new report detailed Thursday morning at FMI Connect in Chicago.

Produce managers laud convenience 

A panel of award-winning retail produce managers on Wednesday shared stories from the front line, emphasizing the importance of new products, convenient packages, and creative ways of interacting with shoppers as keys to their respective success.

FMI speakers: Private label can capture more Millennials 

Grocery stores have a $6 billion opportunity to attract more Millennial households to their stores and can begin to do so by tailoring their private label strategy based on a better understanding how this generation consumes both food and marketing, according to presenters at FMI Connect Wednesday.

Supermarket chefs share recipes for success

Three winners of FMI’s Supermarket Chefs competition shared their recipes for winning at their jobs everyday during a panel discussion Tuesday at FMI Connect in Chicago.

AOL founder urges industry to 'lean into the future' 
Be optimistic about the future. Network. Play offense. Those were three pieces of advice from AOL co-founder Steve Case, speaking at a general session at FMI Connect in Chicago Tuesday.
Innovate for more growth in deli, FMI speakers say 
While supermarket deli departments are driving growth and the total store performance, retailers need to innovate to head off competition for sales from restaurants, presenters at FMI Connect said Tuesday.
New Hannaford prototype marries convenience, innovation  3

Designed to meet the needs of an evolving consumer and stretch the possibilities inherent in its brand, a new prototype Hannaford Supermarkets opened Saturday in Bedford, N.H.

Building plans detail new Brooklyn Wegmans  2

Developers have filed building plans with city officials paving the way for New York's first Wegmans Food Market, set to open at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2017.

Kroger beats 1Q earnings forecast; ID sales gains miss
Kroger Co. on Thursday said non-fuel identical-store sales increased by 2.4% in the fiscal first quarter, a performance marking the company's 50th straight period of positive ID sales.
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