Julie Gallagher

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King Kullen sweeps click-and-collect contest against Key Food 
A 20-SKU basket shopped for via a click-and-collect service facilitated by a King Kullen in Island Park, N.Y., was less expensive and had more lower-priced items than the same basket shopped for via a similar service provided by a Key Food store in Woodmere, N.Y.
Redner’s Warehouse Markets: Controlling costs 
Employee-owned Redner’s Warehouse Markets is holding its own in operating areas previously dominated by Walmart and other players, thanks to rigorous cost controls.
Gallery: Lucky’s Market enters Florida
Natural and organic Lucky’s Market opened its first store in Florida and its eighth in the nation earlier this month in Gainesville, Fla. Its first Michigan location is set to open in February.
Associations support bill to expand pharmacists’ role 
The American Pharmacists Association and the National Community Pharmacists Association are applauding the reintroduction of legislation that would enable patient access to, and coverage of, Medicare Part B services by pharmacists in medically underserved communities.
2015 CEO Outlook: Economy needs more than gas boost 
Food industry leaders aren’t yet convinced the good times are here to stay, SN’s annual survey of supermarket CEOs reveals.
Gallery: Market Basket cuts ribbon on Attleboro store
Market Basket opened its long-awaited South Attleboro, Mass., store last week.
Bill would allow Tenn. supermarkets to sell wine sooner 
Two months after Tennessee voters in 78 municipalities approved the Wine in Grocery Stores initiative to permit grocery stores to sell wine beginning in July, 2016, a bill that would move that date up by a year was introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, according to a Knoxville News Sentinel report.
Coborn’s sweeps click-and-collect contest with Lunds & Byerly’s 
A 20-SKU basket shopped for via the click-and-collect service at a Coborn’s in Minneapolis and Lunds & Byerly’s 15 miles away in Maple Grove, Minn., was less expensive at Coborn’s each week of a three-week collection period.
Publix offers benefits to same-sex couples 
Publix Super Markets began extending health benefits to same-sex couples on Jan. 1, even in operating areas that ban gay marriage.
United, Walmart profit from gift card exchanges 
Food retailers are profiting from gift card exchange programs whereby shoppers can trade in unwanted department store and restaurant gift cards for credit equaling a percentage of their value at places like United Supermarkets and Walmart.
Walgreens shareholders approve Alliance Boots deal 
Walgreens shareholders overwhelmingly approved proposals related to its acquisition of the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots GmbH that it doesn’t presently own, Monday.
Hy-Vee improves food access with free shuttle 
A Hy-Vee store in Ottumwa, Iowa, is improving food access in two counties by providing free shuttle transportation to shoppers who live up to 40 miles away.
Piggly Wiggly tops Lowes in click-and-collect comparison 
Brand View compares 20-SKU click-and-collect baskets at a Piggly Wiggly in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a Lowes Foods store in Murrells Inlet, S.C.
SN 2015 Prediction: Category buyers think like Millennials in their quest for obscure foods 

As Millennial consumers bypass traditional supermarkets for local purveyors of specialty foods in 2015, more food retailers will adopt inventive ways to scout out — and ultimately source — these small-batch and locally produced goods for their stores.

Associations, consumer groups weigh in on GMO bill 
Snack Food Association president and CEO Tom Dempsey urged Congress Wednesday to approve the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would prevent individual states from mandating GMO labeling.

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