Mark Hamstra

Mark
Hamstra
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UFCW JOINS NEW COALITION TO DRIVE UNION RECRUITING 
WASHINGTON -- The United Food and Commercial Workers Union is among five unions seeking to change the direction of organized labor and channel more resources
ESSENTIALS STORES LEVERAGE GROCERIES 
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Groceries are a means to an end at the new Sears Essentials stores.Sears Holdings, the newly merged product of Sears and Kmart,
COSTCO SEES 3RD-QUARTER PROFIT GAINS IN PERISHABLES 
ISSAQUAH, Wash. -- Costco Wholesale here said margins on its sales of perishables were up in double digits in the third quarter.In a conference call with
FRESH BRANDS GAINS IN VALUE OFFERING 
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Fresh Brands here said a strong focus on competitive pricing helped drive sales gains in the first quarter as the company reversed
MISSION TO MEXICO 
MONTERREY, Mexico -- For H.E. Butt Grocery Co., the leap across the Rio Grande wasn't that far geographically, but it represented a cultural change unlike
SPARTAN INVESTOR FACES CHALLENGES 
NEW YORK -- Loeb Partners Corp. here may have to either dig deeper into its pockets or be willing to wait a year or more if it wants to effect any major
INVESTOR GROUP SEEKS SEATS ON SPARTAN BOARD 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here is facing a stepped-up challenge from an investor group pushing for the sale of the company.Loeb Partners,
USDA TO SUPPORT 'BAC DOWN' 
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a public-awareness campaign by next week to educate consumers about the importance of keeping
SPARTAN SEES OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISTRIBUTION GROWTH IN MICHIGAN 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Spartan Stores here said it would support expansion efforts by its distribution customers in eastern Michigan, but seemed to indicate
IFBA CONFERENCE 
CHICAGO -- Small food brokers can compete in much the same way that small retailers can: by focusing on customer service and differentiating themselves,
INDEPENDENTS CAN EXPLOIT WEAKNESSES OF COMPETITORS 
CHICAGO -- Small- and medium-sized food retailers have an opportunity to grow if they execute well at the store level and exploit opportunities created
FMI MEMBERS COULD TAKE THE STAGE TO IMPROVE SHOW 
There were some interesting things said about leadership in Chicago last week, and not all were said at the Food Marketing Institute show.Bill Grize,
BETTER BOXES 
The traditional supermarket is no longer all things to all people.From Safeway's Lifestyle stores to A&P's Food Basics, supermarket operators are leveraging
DELHAIZE'S BLOOM AND SWEETBAY SUPERMARKETS 
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Delhaize America's garden of new concepts is in full bloom.The company, parent of the Food Lion, Kash N' Karry and Hannaford Bros.
WHOLESALE GAINS, RETAIL STORES DRIVE NASH FINCH PROFITS 
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch here last week said sales gains in its distribution segment and improvements in its retail store base drove a surge in profits
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