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Kroger announces new Senior VP of Supply Chain

- General News
The Kroger Co. today announced the retirement of Robert Clark, senior vice president of supply chain, manufacturing and enterprise sourcing, after more than 35 years of service, effective February 1, 2021.

SweeTango Apples “vintage crop” driving up sales

- General News
Just three weeks into the 2020 SweeTango apple season, the brand’s marketing and sales desks report that retailers are “really taking to” a “vintage” crop, driving sales up more than 15 percent year-over-year.

Retail produce sales close out summer on high note

- Retail
Excluding weeks that were affected by the 2019 or 2020 holiday demand, everyday demand is normalizing at around 10% above year ago levels.

H-E-B plans automated micro-fulfillment centers

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H-E-B's new micro-fulfillment centers feature AutoStore empowered by Swisslog's SynQ software and pick stations.

SpartanNash names new president and CEO

- Retail
SpartanNash Company announced today that it has hired Tony Sarsam as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The paradox of transparency and private label

- Analysis
Storytelling, transparency and consumer trust are the marketing trifecta of the last decade in all consumer products, especially food.

Retail produce sales up 5% against 2019 Labor Day, month-end budgeting

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For the week of August 30, fresh fruit and vegetable sales increased 4.7% over 2019. Frozen fruits and vegetables had a much higher percentage increase, at +17.7% but is the smallest of the three temperature zones.

Whole Foods open first permanent dark store

- Retail
The new Industry City store opened September 1, though Amazon said in a blog post the planning for the new format began more than a year ago.

Alex Lee to acquire 20 stores from Southeastern Grocers

- Retail
Alex Lee, Inc. announced today an agreement to purchase 20 BI-LO stores in South Carolina and Georgia from Southeastern Grocers, Inc.

Organic demand still exceeds supply

- General News
Organic Produce Network co-founder Tonya Antle asked on OPN’s August 19 webinar, what will it take for organic produce to crack the “10 percent of overall sales” barrier?