Supermarket Industry News Roundup: August 4, 2017

August 4, 2017

Grocers Back House Menu-Labeling Bill
The National Grocers Association (NGA) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) have thrown their support behind H.R. 772, dubbed the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation was advanced by the House Energy and Commerce Committee today. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Cosentino’s Price Chopper Bagger Crowned Missouri’s Best 
Emily McCoy of Cosentino’s Price Chopper in Kansas City, Missouri, has won the state’s best bagger competition. The contest was held July 22 at Tan Tar A Resort in Osage Beach. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

SpartanNash Raises $300K for Military Heroes
Through the efforts of shoppers and company associates, the SpartanNash Foundation has raised $300,000 through its scan campaign to support military heroes and their families — its most successful company-wide retail fundraising effort to date. Learn more via Progressive Grocer. 

Price Rite Supports Food Banks in Boston and Rhode Island
Team members from Price Rite presented checks totaling more than $135,000 to representatives of The Greater Boston Food Bank and the Rhode Island Community Food Bank from funds raised during the supermarket chain’s annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.

Grocery co-op boss: E-commerce can’t compete with fresh
Associated Wholesale Grocers President David Smith talks about the future of grocery stores and how they can have a competitive edge over e-commerce.  Learn more via Kansas City Business Journal.

Local Food Program Matches Food Stamps at Small N.H. Grocers
Select New Hampshire grocery stores are launching the healthy food incentive program, “Double Up Food Bucks,” in August. Double Up matches the value of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) spent on locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, helping low income families bring home more nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables. All of the participating stores are member-owners of Associated Grocers of New England, a retailer-owned cooperative grocery wholesaler based in Pembroke, New Hampshire. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Favorite snacks vary nationwide — but aren’t always healthy
Interest in convenient, portable foods has skyrocketed as consumers navigate hectic schedules. It is no wonder that parents not only rely on the convenience of snacks and bottled drinks for themselves but also for their children, both during the school year and when their kids are home for the summer. Learn more via Food DIVE.

From food waste to energy: How potato peelings are powering buildings in SE Wisconsin
Using watermelon rinds and potato peelings to power buildings may seem like a stretch, but it’s happening right here in southeastern Wisconsin. At the Sendik’s Food Market in Mequon, discarded food waste once filled about eight 30-yard dumpsters per month. Now, the store is down to just one dumpster per month, thanks to the Grind2Energy food waste recycling system. Learn more via Fox 6 Now.