Supermarket Industry News Roundup: December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

NGA Names Molly Pfaffenroth Senior Manager of Government Relations
The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announced that Molly Pfaffenroth has joined its government relations department as a senior manager. In her role, Pfaffenroth will primarily manage the association’s tax portfolio and assist on healthcare, trade, and nutrition issues. Learn more via Abasto.

Grocery Retailers, Industry Associations Praise Passing of Senate Tax Overhaul
In the wake of the U.S. Senate’s vote to pass its tax overhaul bill, a number of grocery retailers and industry associations spoke out in its favor. The bill would, among other things, cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% in 2019 and lower taxes on pass-through business income. Learn more via Grocery Business.

Independent Grocers Still Challenged After Recession
Independent grocers are still feeling the effects of the recession, according to a report by the U.S. Economic Research Service (ERS), but they can still find opportunities to grow. Learn more via Supermarket News.

CGA Names Independent Grocery Operator Chairman of The Board
Bob Parriott, president and CEO of Twain Harte Market in Twain Harte, California, was elected the 2017-2018 California Grocers Association (CGA) chairman of the board of directors at the association’s annual meeting on Dec. 1. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Needler’s Fresh Market Opens in Former Marsh Stores
A new grocery store concept that emerged from the bankruptcy of ill-fated Marsh Supermarkets has opened its first locations in Ohio. Three former Marsh stores — in Troy, Eaton and Middletown, Ohio — have reopened as Needler’s Fresh Market, part of the block of 15 stores acquired for $8 million last summer by Generative Growth and managed by Findlay, Ohio-based Fresh Encounter Inc., the Dayton Daily News reported. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

For Central ShopRite, Reverse Vending Machines Bring ‘Competitive Edge’
For third-generation grocery store owner James Haines, the grocery business has been a passion and a privilege. As an owner of Central ShopRite Michigan for the last 23 years, he has seen what works in his business and what needs improvements. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Ralphs Reopening Remodeled Mission Viejo, Calif., Store Dec. 13
Ralphs Grocery Co. is hosting a grand re-opening of its completely remodeled Portola Plaza supermarket at 27730 Santa Margarita Parkway in North Mission Viejo, California, next week. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Gelson’s Celebrate Rancho Mission Viejo Opening with Ribbon Cutting
Southern California supermarket chain Gelson’s Markets opened its Rancho Mission Viejo store Nov. 30. The first 200 customers were thanked with a special gift bag valued at $20. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Report: More Retailers Move Toward a Customer-Centric Model
As demand for online shopping and a compelling in-store experience grows, retailers are making their business models more customer-centric. A new report by Boston Retail Partners (BRP) says to make this happen, grocers will need to integrate planning processes across channels, adopt new omni-channel demand planning systems and incorporate real-time customer feedback into their seasonal planning. Learn more via Food DIVE.

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.