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Supermarket Industry News Roundup: August 11, 2017

Aug 11, 2017

Weekly News Roundup - August 11, 2017
SNAC Int'l to Be NGA Show Pavilion Partner
SNAC International will be a pavilion partner for the first time at the 2018 NGA Show, scheduled for Feb. 11-14 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas. The 600-square-foot pavilion on the expo floor will feature manufacturers of a wide range of snacks, from classic fare to healthier options, and will include potato chips, tortilla chips, puffed snacks, pretzels, popcorn, meat and fruit snacks, and snack nuts and crackers, made from such ingredients as potatoes, corn, pulses (chickpeas, lentils), vegetables, and ancient grains. Learn more via Progressive Grocer. 

Senate Bill Introduced to Eliminate Food Deserts
U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) have introduced the first comprehensive legislation in the U.S. Senate to eradicate food deserts by enlisting the aid of such food providers as grocers, retailers and nonprofit organizations. Learn more via Convenience Store News.

N.J. Ag Secretary Touts ‘Jersey Fresh Produce’ At ShopRite
New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher recently visited the ShopRite store in Morris County to tout “Jersey Fresh Produce” and the many varieties of local produce available at the peak of this growing season. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

For Third Straight Year, Buehler’s Bagger Is Ohio’s Best 
Ellissa Chambliss of Buehler’s Fresh Foods defeated competitors from across the state to claim the title of the Ohio Grocers Association (OGA) Best Bagger Champion. The competition was held in Columbus on Aug. 8. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Details Enhance Experience at Lowes Foods
Every morning, the team that runs Lowes Foods in Simpsonville, S.C., huddles for 15 minutes to discuss how the previous day went and how they’re going to deliver another exciting shopping experience to their guests. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

IGA Cares Takes Aim at Opioid Scourge
IGA USA has joined forces with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to introduce the inaugural IGA Cares initiative. Through in-store fundraising activities, including an in-store pinup campaign due to start midmonth and run through October, and the sales of specially marked IGA Exclusive Brand products until December, the initiative will support the nonprofit partnership’s mission to support families dealing with a child’s substance use. 

Is an urban revival a sign of hope for indie grocers?
While mom-and-pop grocery stores nationwide have faced tremendous difficulties, Washington, D.C. appears to be bucking the trend. At least six independent grocers have opened throughout Washington D.C. in the last two years with more to come, leading The Washington Post to bill the phenomenon as a “resurgence of the small neighborhood grocery store.” 
 
Grocery Stores Draw Millennials With In-Store Restaurants
Imagine going to the grocery store for dinner, not to pick up a rotisserie chicken to take home, but to actually eat at the store. As online grocery shopping grows, many supermarkets are adding sit-down restaurants in a move to attract more millennials. And it seems to be working.
The politics of food: Are regulation, transparency and consumer trust on a collision course?
President Trump and his administration have been in office for more than six months, and clear patterns are emerging that can help any industry sector — especially food and agriculture — form a viable regulatory strategy for the next few years. Learn more via Food DIVE.

Frugality hangover gives private labels staying power, study finds 
Though 55% of U.S. consumers claim that their household financial health is good, nearly half of all shoppers are still looking for deals in order to make ends meet, the latest IRI Consumer Connect survey shows. Learn more via Supermarket News.

Loyola University New Orleans Introduces Food Studies Program
Loyola University New Orleans’ College of Arts and Sciences is rolling out a new interdisciplinary food studies program. Beginning this fall, Loyola students can pursue a major in food studies designed around food policy, commerce and culture. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Americans Failing to Embrace Online Grocery Shopping: Gallup
Amid a cavalcade of headlines proclaiming the imminent demise of physical grocery stores, online grocery shopping remains in its infancy, according to insights from Gallup's annual Consumption Habits survey, conducted July 5-9. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.

NGA's Supermarket Industry News Roundup is a weekly summary of news articles that highlights conversation around the independent supermarket industry and consumer trends. The links included in the summary have content that is not controlled by NGA.