Independent Supermarket News Roundup – September 13, 2020

September 13, 2020

By Eric Payne, NGA Manager of Communications

NGA Supports Regulating CBD as a Dietary Supplement

This week, NGA announced its support for bipartisan legislation which would allow hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) to be regulated as dietary supplements.

NGA SVP of government relations and counsel, Chris Jones, said the following about the legislation:

“NGA members are experiencing significant consumer demand for CBD products. The recent surge in the production and sale of CBD has shifted consumer actions and demands rapidly. Many independent food retailers have responded to this demand, but others are deterred because of the lack of legal clarity surrounding CBD products.”

Food City Supporting Local Food Pantries

The Food City annual Race Against Hunger campaign raises funds for local non-profit hunger relief organizations.

Food City president and CEO, Steven Smith, said the following about the campaign:

“Hunger is a serious problem throughout our region. Food City is proud to be a part of the “Race Against Hunger”. We would like to thank our loyal customers for helping make this promotion such a huge success. Their generosity will help feed thousands of our friends and neighbors in need throughout the region,”

Learn more from Citizen Tribune here.

Big Y Promotes Michael Cormier to Center Store VP

In his new position, Cormier oversees sales, merchandising, and marketing for center store. He joined Big Y in 2019 as senior director of center store. Learn more from Supermarket News here.

UNFI names Guillaume Bagal VP of Diversity and Inclusion

This new role advances UNFI’s mission of promoting equality and celebrating diversity.

UNFI chief human resources officer, Danielle Benedict, said the following about Guillaume:

“Guillaume has a tremendous background, including a strong track record for bringing about change, generating associate engagement and creating programs that help diversity initiatives and organizations prosper. His immediate focus will be on team building, reviewing and revising our current D&I efforts, and bringing together a more holistic strategy to advance our position as North America’s premier grocery wholesaler and a top workplace for associates of all backgrounds. He’s experienced and motivated and will no doubt hit the ground running.”

Learn more from Supermarket News here.

Greg Ferrara: Successful Year for Supermarkets Means it’s Never Time to Slow Down

By all indications, 2019 was a banner year for independent supermarkets, inadvertently preparing retailers for a 2020 that has unfolded in a way no one anticipated a year ago. Low unemployment last year fueled consumer spending, including grocery shopping. As beneficiaries of that success, independent grocers increased their same-store sales by 2.5 percent in 2019, with 56 percent improving same-store sales growth. 

Learn more from The Shelby Report here.