Mark Hamstra

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Communities: Attendees pursue specialized tracks at FMI Connect 
To help retailer and wholesaler participants get the most out of their FMI Connect experience, FMI is initiating a new service called FMI Connect Communities.
Ahold rolls out price, merchandising improvements  5
Ahold said Wednesday it plans to invest more heavily in the quality and merchandising of its fresh assortment, in employee training and in targeted price reductions in all of its U.S. divisions.
The Fresh Market not worried about price competition 
The Fresh Market isn’t particularly worried about the more competitive price positioning of Whole Foods Market, executives said in an earnings conference call Thursday.
SpartanNash plans store investments 
SpartanNash said Thursday it plans to invest in growing sales at the legacy Nash Finch retail locations it acquired last year, particularly in booming North Dakota.
Harris Teeter to expand price advertising 
Harris Teeter is touting its new low-price positioning with radio and TV ads in the Charlotte market, and will likely expand that effort to other markets as well, a Kroger executive said at an investor conference this week.
Buehler’s singing contest among flurry of gas promos 
Buehler’s Fresh Foods is allowing customers to vote for their favorite gas-station crooners to earn a tankful of gas.
Target ousts Canadian president Fisher 
Target Corp. said it has replaced the head of its struggling Canadian operations, naming 15-year company veteran Mark Schindele to succeed Tony Fisher as president of the division.
Regional report: Publix sets the pace in Florida 

Publix Super Markets’ expansion into the Charlotte market has been under the microscope for the past year or two, but that doesn’t mean the Lakeland-Fla.-based company has taken its focus off of its home state.

FMI Connect breaks new ground in a familiar venue 

FMI Connect breaks new ground in a familiar venue.

The Food Marketing Institute is returning to familiar ground as it switches back to an every-year schedule for its major trade show and brings the event back to Chicago, but much about the conference has evolved from its previous incarnations.

Merge right: 10 key markets  7
When Safeway unveiled its agreement in March to be acquired by Cerberus Capital Management — the parent of the Albertsons chain and other banners — the companies said there were no planned store closures as a result of the deal.
Gallery: New Metro store focused on high quality 1
The new Metro Plus Vaudreuil, opening May 1 at cost of “close to $12 million,” will seek to be on the cutting edge of food trends.
Sprouts comps up 12.8%, but Whole Foods sinks stocks 
Shares of Sprouts Farmers Market, The Fresh Market and other specialty grocers tumbled Wednesday following a weaker-than-expected earnings report from Whole Foods Market, which some saw as a sign of increasing competition in the natural and organic space.
Supervalu leads Rainbow acquisition 
Supervalu, in partnership with four Twin Cities-area independent retailers, said Wednesday that the group has agreed to acquire 18 Rainbow Foods grocery stores from Milwaukee-based Roundy’s for about $65 million, plus inventory.
Supervalu seen back on track 
Investments in pricing, a shift toward decentralization, and efficiencies in wholesaling are beginning to pay dividends for the reconstituted Supervalu, analysts said.
The Growth List: Chains on the fast track  2
SN profiles 15 of the fastest-growing chains in food retailing, from Aldi to Walmart.
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