Julie Gallagher

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Supermarket News
Analysts mull possibility of Kroger buying divested drugstores  1
Analysts who gathered at SN’s offices last month were intrigued at speculation that Kroger could be a buyer of hundreds of Walgreens and Rite Aid stores.
Walmart debuts exclusive restaurant-quality line
Walmart is merchandising a new exclusive line of refrigerated sides called Signature Sidekicks by Robert Irvine, in Garlic Balsamic Broccoli, Sesame Ginger Stir Fry, Braised Collard Greens and Provencal Rataouille varieties.
GMA weighs in on sodium reduction targets
The Grocery Manufacturers Association, in comments submitted to the FDA regarding its sodium reduction guidelines, has recommended that categories be streamlined and the timeline to meet short-term reduction goals be extended from two to four years.
Shoppers receptive to Price Chopper pharmacy app 
Price Chopper’s new pharmacy app, which alerts users when their prescription is ready for pickup and when it’s time to take their medication, is well received by shoppers, Kathy Bryant, Price Chopper’s VP of pharmacy told SN.
Early Halloween sales up at Meijer
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer is attributing a 50% increase in shoppers taking advantage of early savings on Halloween candy, décor and costumes, to excitement surrounding the days of celebration that will lead up to the actual holiday.
Zeh joins Weis as VP, CIO
Weis Markets has hired R. Gregory Zeh, Jr. as VP and CIO.
Gallery: Food Lion's pumpkin (product) patch
Food Lion is merchandising its first-ever pumpkin-flavored line of private brand products through Nov. 1.
Gallery: Bashas' celebrates Carefree grand reopening
Bashas’ opened its newly remodeled store in Carefree, Ariz., Wednesday.
Mintel: Premium pet treats poised for growth 
Sales of dog and cat treats are growing at a faster rate than pet food, according to Mintel analysts who suggest that retailers position these products near checkout aisles and other high traffic areas to incite impulse purchases.
Southeastern Grocers debuts Whiskers & Tails
Southeastern Grocers is launching Whiskers & Tails, a private label brand of wet and dry dog and cat foods, treats and biscuits that are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.
Gallery: The Fresh Grocer opens new store 1
The Fresh Grocer, which operates seven stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, opened its newest location in Upper Darby, Pa., last week.
Tops names VP of center store
Kristen Hanson has been named VP of center store sales and merchandising at Tops Friendly Markets.
Gallery: SN’s Marketing Catalysts 
Supermarket News this year is recognizing six retail Catalysts including these three companies that excel in marketing ingenuity.
Southeastern launches Flavor magazine
Southeastern Grocers is debuting its monthly Flavor magazine, which is designed to inspire readers with fresh ideas, seasonal recipes and meal solutions.
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FMI discontinues FMI Connect
The Food Marketing Institute will discontinue its annual FMI Connect show beginning in 2017, FMI’s president and CEO Leslie Sarasin announced Wednesday.
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